The initial reason given for delaying the Bold's release from July to August was that it hadn't been certified for use on the AT&T network. Some of the issues undergoing repairs were battery life and system stability. The Bold comes with the latest version of the BlackBerry operating system, which is 4.6.097.
Elsewhere in the world, you can get your hands on the Bold sooner. It will be available tomorrow on the Rogers network in Canada; Aug. 1 on the Vodafone network in the United Kingdom; and Aug. 4 on the T-Mobile network in Germany.
According to AT&T's executives, the only guarantee we have about the Bold's release in the United States is that it will be "before Nov. 1."
From my perspective, with the CTIA Wireless & IT show taking place the week of Sept. 8, RIM has been given the perfect target date to release the phone in the United States. Will it make it?