BlackBerry users tend to be die-hard, rabid defenders of the platform, which leads us to believe that many would throw up in their mouths just a little bit when seeing their beloved Bolds
get bastardized in the name of bringing an honest-to-goodness KIRF
to market. Meet Indian firm Fly Mobile's
B430 DS, a phone that borrows freely from elements of both the Curve 8900 and Bold 9000, but not in two fairly important places: the trackball and -- of course -- the operating system. It seems the B430 is a dumbphone that offers up integrated Nimbuzz IM, Snaptu social networking, and Opera Mini right in ROM -- all apps that stand to benefit from the Bold's classic QWERTY keyboard design. It also has support for two SIMs, a 1.3 megapixel cam (not quite up to task with the genuine article's 2 megapixel unit), and a price that's sure to be thousands of rupees below that of any real BlackBerry -- thing is, getting it on sale outside of India without meeting legal resistance might be a bit of a challenge. It's on sale in the local market now.