I've been keeping a close eye on the Blackberry 9500 but have not been able to get too much information. I'm wondering if this will be a real contender for the iPhone (although many have tried and failed so far). I know the major selling point for the iPhone is the UI but if the new Blackberry does most everything the iPhone does...but works, I can live with a UI that's not as slick. Also, the BB is going to be on Verizon. Does anyone have any more info or thoughts on this? It will be interesting to see what happens. I'm optimistic but hope it doesn't turn out to be another LG Dare (high expectations turned into dissapointment). I've read rumors that BB has run into some snags with their software as well. I'm also hoping that iPhone 2.1 will bring me back to the level of satisfaction that I had with V1 iPhone 1.1.4 but it will be nice to have a real alternative.