Blackberry Bold - not fit for purpose, claims Orange

While Vodafone UK continues to offer the device, Orange has withdrawn the Blackberry Bold over software quality issues. According to leaked documents, Orange claims the Bold is causing problems for a variety of mobile operators and the company has decided to suspend sales of the handset to protect its subscribers from irritating glitches.

Blackberry is said to be working on the problem and is expected to have shortly completed additional testing and validation to ensure future handsets do not encounter the problem. Insiders believe Blackberry introduced errors to the updated OS for the Bold, with reports that the 4.6 version of the OS is the reason for the problems Orange is experiencing. Orange believes this will take weeks rather than months to resolve the problem.

Interestingly, AT&T has delayed the release date of the Bold from early October to 'later this year'--although it currently lists the device as 'out of stock.'

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