Think of the competition, though. The iPhone sells for $200 and $300, with no rebates, but the same two-year requirement. The HTC G1 Android phone, which goes on sale today, sells for $180.
If we look at the smartphones available just from AT&T, you can get the Pantech Duo, the Samsung BlackJack II, and the BlackBerry Curve each for $80.
Stepping up to $100 broadens the selection to include the BlackBerry Pearl and the Palm Centro. If you spend $200, you can get the new Samsung Epix, the Motorola Q9 Global, or the Palm Treo 750.
These are all capable smartphones, and all for less than $200.
Laptop Magazine makes the argument that, feature for feature, anyone who chooses to buy the Bold over the iPhone will be paying a RIM tax, not an Apple tax.
The other question the Bold's price calls to mind is, how will RIM and Verizon price the BlackBerry Storm? The Storm is arguably a more lust-worthy device, with its large touch screen and other media-friendly features.
What do you think? Is $300 a fair market price for the BlackBerry Bold? Can it compete at that price against the myriad devices that sell for $100 less?