By now I’m sure everyone is getting a little antsy when it’s comes to RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry Slider 9800. This device is set to be RIM’s new flagship device featuring a 3.2″ touch display, with no SurePress (clicking), plus full QWERTY keyboard. The BlackBerry 9800 which is yet to get an official name (Torch or Slider) is set to run BlackBerry 6 (OS 6.0) which will bring a long needed overhaul to the BlackBerry experience.
Our friends at MobileSyrup recently received a tip that Canada’s Rogers Wireless may be set to receive an exclusive launch on the device in Canada, however we just can’t see that happening…
Sure, Bell and TELUS may both have the Storm 2 (and had the original Storm 1) in Canada, while Rogers sat in the dark, but now that the big three all have their new HSPA networks up and running we just can’t see this device being exclusive to one network. The BlackBerry 9800 will be RIM’s first device to bring the full BlackBerry 6 experience, plus it’s the first hybrid BlackBerry to sport a full touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. I personally don’t think it would be in RIM’s best interest to make it exclusive. Even Apple decided not to continue their exclusive iPhone deal with Rogers, and brought it to all the major carriers in Canada.
So what do you think? Will Rogers get an exclusive on the Slider?