I did do a field trip at the AT&T wireless store recently and yes. The torch is not so hot actually. I am reproducing this article via GSMA that says it all. I am also wondering why all the top-tiers seem to be so intent on designing iPhone mee-toos. Tear down info on my Facebook Pro Page and Twitter
Mixed reports on BlackBerry Torch launch
There are mixed reports as to how well Research In Motion’s (RIM) latest flagship device, BlackBerry Torch, has been received by the market, with the Wall Street Journal quoting analyst feedback ranging from “underwhelming” and “tepid,” through “steady," to “healthy” and “going well." Certainly the device has not sparked the level of first-day interest of Apple’s iPhone or even Motorola’s DROID X, although with availability currently confined to one operator, AT&T, in one country, the US, there is the potential to build momentum when it becomes more widely available. At the time of its launch, the market was largely underwhelmed with BlackBerry Torch, which, while providing an upgrade for BlackBerry users, is not deemed to have outclassed products from rival smartphone vendors – and it has now been suggested that most purchasers are indeed upgrading BlackBerry owners, rather than new converts to the fold. Worringly, reports also state that Amazon is already slashing the price of the Torch down to US$99 with a new two-year contract, down more than 50 percent from the phone's launch price of US$199 (just five days ago).
In separate news, Reuters reports that India, which has threatened to block some BlackBerry services over security worries, has formally asked mobile operators to ensure a monitoring system is in place by August 31. The news agency claims at least three Indian mobile operators have confirmed they have received letters from the Department of Telecommunications giving them a deadline to put in place a monitoring capability for BlackBerry Messenger and secured Enterprise email services. India is the latest country to step up pressure on RIM, which has built the BlackBerry's reputation around confidentiality.
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