Research In Motion (RIMM) will be short one BlackBerry in its holiday bushel.
The new version of Verizon's (VZ - Get Report) popular BlackBerry Curve -- code named Aries and otherwise known as the 8530 -- won't be available this year. The Aries was expected to arrive in September or October, and has been delayed until February, according to a confirmation received by a Wall Street analyst.
For those keeping track of the smartphones coming to market this year, this will go down as the second product delay for RIM. Earlier this month, Verizon and RIM said the new BlackBerry Tour would be available in July, a month later than originally planned.
But the Aries no-show this year is certainly a bigger slip.The phone, updated with a sleeker design and an optical track ball, would be a sweet piece of phone candy to refresh the stale Curve, which is more than a year old. It would also give RIM and Verizon an additional hot phone at a time when new Apple (AAPL - Get Report) iPhones, the Palm (PALM) Pre, Motorola's (MOT) Google (GOOG - Get Report) Android, and Nokia (NOK - Get Report) touchscreen smartphones crowd the market for the holidays.