Orange is reportedly considering dropping the BlackBerry Bold from its handset line-up after a series of problems with the device.

The telecom company initially suspended shipments of the handset in October last year, in the hope that handset manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) could solve the problems with a number of software updates. However, BlackBerry Bold users are still experiencing a number of issues, including call dropping and poor reception.

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Research in Motion has also faced a barrage of critiscsm over its latest handset - the BlackBerry Storm. Slowness and poor sound quality were among the problems citied by users. Even actor and technology enthusiast Stephen Fry revealed his hatred of the device with an online rant last year.

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While Orange refused to comment on the speculation, RIM told The Guardian: "The BlackBerry Bold 9000 smartphone is available to Orange customers both in-store and online via its website".

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