Blackberry 9900 Starts Appearing In Stores, Are You Interested?

While Blackberry is arguably fighting for it’s place in the smartphone world the Blackberry Bold 9900 is the latest in its salvo against the onslaught of Android, Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices. While I think it’s safe to say that almost no one expects the Blackberry 9900 to help return Blackberry to its former glory, Blackberry still has a loyal and core audience that will welcome this device with open arms.

Thanks to a few ninjas we’ve got our hands on a few high-res images of the Blackberry Bold 9900 in the wild, dummy device and packaging. So have a quick look at the gallery below and take in the high res shots, the blurry shots and the images in-between. The Blackberry Bold 9900 will be available on August 31st for $299.99 after a $50 mail in rebate. Which is ridiculous pricing but hey forget all that for a minute and check out the pretty pictures.

 

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  • Tortionist

    This looks like it might be a pretty tight device. I’ll have to check it out. I won’t buy it u til the price drops and it gets UMA, if I do like it. My first smartphone was a BB pearl 8100 then the 8110. Those were great phones, but then Android came out and due to its customizeability I have never looked back. My Defy has Android 2.3.5 on it and runs at 1.2 GHZ. I won’t leave Android, but that bB Bold 9900 might be added to my line up.

  • Eriica 21

    im a hugeeeeee blackberry lover tried many other phones (andriod and iphone) still always go back i even pay full prices on majority of my phones i cant wait to order this phone wish i could now i just hope it doesnt let me down i have the bold 9780 right now … just cant seem to get rid of my BBM truly only thing that keeps me with blackberry

  • Eriica 21

    im a hugeeeeee blackberry lover tried many other phones (andriod and iphone) still always go back i even pay full prices on majority of my phones i cant wait to order this phone wish i could now i just hope it doesnt let me down i have the bold 9780 right now … just cant seem to get rid of my BBM truly only thing that keeps me with blackberry

    • Guest

      Does it come in WHITE?

  • Tony

    I was at a Tmobile Store yesterday and was able to see, feel and play with the Blackberry 9900 and even though is very impressive, The $349.99 Price Tag before the $50.00 rebate, Did NOT make it attractive at all, and I did post this to T Mobile USA on Facebook. Verizon has it for $249.00 And Sprint for $199.00. It seems to me that they are NOT doing anything to attract and keep their current customers happy……..I think they only have theirs eyes on the 39 billion from At&t

    • Alex Occhialini

      Sorry, I’ve a question for you, saying 349$ ecc… You mean with contract, right? I’m from Italy and I’m looking forward to buy this device in New York, next week. Do you know if t-mobile is selling it even without a 2-years contract? Like Rogers in Canada for instance.
      Thank you

      • Yaritza

        Yes, he does mean with a contract, without the contract, the price will be 600

      • Yaritza

        Yes, he does mean with a contract, without the contract, the price will be 600

  • Brianb

    I’m not interested if it doesn’t have UMA.  And you can’t add UMA with software because UMA is hardware based.  The WiFi calling they MIGHT add later will suck.

    • CM Punk’s Text

      Actually, UMA is only disallowed by T-Mobile at the launch.  Heard that straight from our BBerry Rep

      • Brianb

        UMA is “disallowed??”

        • Mbey1019

          so is NFC

        • Brianb

          No, I wasn’t trying to be a smart ass, but apparently you are.  Disallowed at launch could mean many things.  Is a hardware chipset disabled? is that software workaround coming out? or are they never using UMA again….

  • Beast69

    Have a demo at my store and I got to say this is the best blackberry yet but the web browser is still inferior to everything else out there

    • Guest

      Just load Opera Mini and rock on….

    • Guest

      Just load Opera Mini and rock on….

  • Anonymous

    Currently using the 9900 bold for Tmobile for 3 days now and it has amazing hardware! The phone is really nice to hold and look at but software wise, I miss my android phone and even my Wp7. The web browser all though 100 times better than the 9780, it still checkerboards like no other and cant match the browser on a Galaxy or G2X. I know most die hard fans will use this phone primarily for email and texts which I have to say it does quite well( keyboard is second only to a HTC TP2). Also the signal is AMAZINGGG with this phone. I have full bars almost all the time and where my G2X has low signal, my 9900 is banging away at full strength.  The camera also takes great shots but no where near as good as say a Sensation or 4G Slide and the lack of autofocus sucks for those spy shots and business card shots. Oh and batter life will get you thru a day but not much more than that.

    I will say something is terribly wrong with the GPS in my device. I cannot get BB Maps to work and I downloaded Google Maps as a replacement and it too cannot accurately locate my position. I then took the 30 day trial to TeleNav ($10 monthly) and it failed as well. Other reviewers have experienced this problem but most people do not use GPS on a Blackberry so I think thats why most have not noticed in there reviews. Also, Engadget said the App Store was updating on Aug 22 but when I downloaded the new App store, it looked exactly the same as before and nothing changed?

    Personally, I would wait for a price drop and a GPS fix but for existing BB users, you will fall in love with this device. I havent used a BB since my Tour days and using the 9900 is breeze and a pleasure to hold in hand. It’s just for $350 + tax upfront, I just cant give up the Superior web browser, Hotspot, Free TurnByTurn Google GPS, Skype, Flash browser, better Cameras that current Androids and future Androids will have. If you can live without those features than you will love this phone and I recommend this as an upgrade to any Blackberry user!

    • Carolpaz89

      UMA and GPS are a MUST for me.

  • CM Punk’s Text

    It’s give and take.  Having used both the 9900 and currently owning a G2X, I can honestly say that I will likely be making the jump back to Blackberry for my 9900.  Just so many things that it gives me that my (never had an issue) G2X can’t.
    Biggest things: Battery Life, Loud Speakers, The Blackberry Ergonomic Keyboard and, finally, a great touchscreen.

    But, the best thing?  1.2 GHZ of high speed Blackberry fun and the most reliable PHONE I’ve ever had.  Browsing is fun and easier.

    Not to say I won’t miss a few things, namely being able to play gameboy on my G2X, but I’m sure I can do that with my next Android device :)

  • CM Punk’s Text

    It’s give and take.  Having used both the 9900 and currently owning a G2X, I can honestly say that I will likely be making the jump back to Blackberry for my 9900.  Just so many things that it gives me that my (never had an issue) G2X can’t.
    Biggest things: Battery Life, Loud Speakers, The Blackberry Ergonomic Keyboard and, finally, a great touchscreen.

    But, the best thing?  1.2 GHZ of high speed Blackberry fun and the most reliable PHONE I’ve ever had.  Browsing is fun and easier.

    Not to say I won’t miss a few things, namely being able to play gameboy on my G2X, but I’m sure I can do that with my next Android device :)

  • Anonymous

    Holly crap, I always did appreciate RIM and Blackberry but for $350. Never! I have a way better phone (HTC Sensation) for way less the price.

    Who ever came up with this price most be crazy as hell!

  • Nafiece0708

    Nice Phone Nasty Hands -__-

  • Nafiece0708

    Nice Phone Nasty Hands -__-

  • nerdlust

    My first smartphone was a bb 8100. I used that until I got my 8900 curve. I used that along with my 32g ipod touch and I could slay a dragon with both of them. My bb broke april 2nd (cracked screen) my cousin gave me a cliq2. Android is awesome! I can do things on android that I couldn’t do on bb or ios. But I do miss having the great exchange outlook with notes and task support plus bbm, and insane battery life. Email on a blackberry is so much faster and doesn’t effect battery life. But I do like a bigger screen and full flash support of my cliq2. My contract is up in november I will check it out plus mango windows and dualcore androids.

    • http://twitter.com/VictorShikhman Victor Shikhman

      wow, same here! 8100->8900, running almost three years now. the battery dropped dead in july and I replaced it for $4 on amazon, plus the trackball. it’s like a whole new phone now… well, almost. i couldn’t wait to upgrade to 9900, but now I think i’ll wait a few months for price to drop on tmo

  • http://twitter.com/iDiotGear Rob Daman

    Looks nice. I won’t use one unless my company issues it. I hope 4g in this new BB works quickly because 3g in the older Bolds is painful to use.

  • 4GorNot4G

    pass

  • Nightdragon6834

    Looks pretty skinny. me gusta.

  • Nightdragon6834

    Looks pretty skinny. me gusta.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z73DBLVGXYXWNTNLWMG42AEA4E david m

    yawn. some people at my job have blackberrys to view company email.that about all they use it for.

    • Anonymous

      i know that’s right.  Yawn!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S75HA5EMPU7BLMM2ALWWRA2BMY John

        Yawn? If i’m going to play video games, I’m going all out on a 50″ TV screen. If I want to read something, I’d rather have a hard copy. Otherwise, what else has iphone or android got to offer that’s significantly better than the blackberry?

        • Joe V.

          what if you’re in the waiting room at the dentist or on a lunch break at school/work? or on the subway? or on a long flight with a 4 hour layover? are you gonna play games on an imaginary 50″ tv screen? 

          you can play angry birds on your 2.8″ blackberry while waiting and the rest of us will be multitasking on our ipads,  iphone 4′s, samsung galaxy II’s, htc sensations, etc with a plethora of apps at our disposal. at least the browsers on iOS and android are useful. RIM is barely holding on and its almost 2012.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S75HA5EMPU7BLMM2ALWWRA2BMY John

        Yawn? If i’m going to play video games, I’m going all out on a 50″ TV screen. If I want to read something, I’d rather have a hard copy. Otherwise, what else has iphone or android got to offer that’s significantly better than the blackberry?

  • Warren Peace

    The only thing is that the 9900 (GSM) version with the 4G/3G aka HSPA or 3.5G is going to be a battery killer to the fullest..I have the 9930 with Sprint and it seems to be holding up okay thanks to being only 3G (but incredibly fast, faster then the 9780)..I just think with faster data speeds and the 1230mah it’s gonna milk this battery quick..I hope that im wrong but I do love this Blackberry alot

    • Susanren

      But no UMA or Wifi voice which is unusual.  All tmo version of BB had Wifi voice (UMA).

  • Warren Peace

    The only thing is that the 9900 (GSM) version with the 4G/3G aka HSPA or 3.5G is going to be a battery killer to the fullest..I have the 9930 with Sprint and it seems to be holding up okay thanks to being only 3G (but incredibly fast, faster then the 9780)..I just think with faster data speeds and the 1230mah it’s gonna milk this battery quick..I hope that im wrong but I do love this Blackberry alot

  • Warren Peace

    The only thing is that the 9900 (GSM) version with the 4G/3G aka HSPA or 3.5G is going to be a battery killer to the fullest..I have the 9930 with Sprint and it seems to be holding up okay thanks to being only 3G (but incredibly fast, faster then the 9780)..I just think with faster data speeds and the 1230mah it’s gonna milk this battery quick..I hope that im wrong but I do love this Blackberry alot

  • khris carrasquillo

    WARREN PEACE, YOURE RIGHT THE BATTERY WILL DRAIN VERY EASILY DUE TO THE NETWORK SPEEDS , BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE NETWORK SETTINGS TO 3G/2G FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT USE THE BROWSER ALL THE TIME.  THAT WILL HELP FOR SURE  

  • http://twitter.com/scootnyinzer Mitch Kehn

    You just know that this phone will drop to $199 fast and when it does, I’m getting the Bold 9900, fully aware that it is inferior for most non-communication related activities. I had a high end android phone for exactly 5 days before I gave up on it. Typing on touch screen was one problem. I loves me the berry keyboard, and the tinny speakerphone was worthless, but the deal breaker was lousy battery life. I needed a charger at home, in the car and at work. My 2 year old berry goes 2 days or more between charges. At the end of the day, if your primary use is email, text and voice and security is very important to you, PAY THE RANSOM.  years worth of being tethered to battery chargers, tinny speakerphone, embarrassing typos and being paranoid about questionable security is too high a price to pay for the multimedia goodness of Android.

    • DavidMLaFleur

      yea same here with android battery i got both nexus phones and you gotta keep spare charged batteries and better have power outlets or usb outlets in reach or its a no go.
      im hearing this 9900 is good on the juice.

  • Anonymous

    I am sure that someone likes blackberry handsets…just don’t know who these people are.

    • Iheyrosa

      Certainly not u

    • Iheyrosa

      Certainly not u

  • Anonymous

    This is actually kind of awesome.. touchscreen and full qwerty.. I honestly do like it.. I don’t know why…

  • Anonymous

    This is actually kind of awesome.. touchscreen and full qwerty.. I honestly do like it.. I don’t know why…

  • Anonymous

    This is actually kind of awesome.. touchscreen and full qwerty.. I honestly do like it.. I don’t know why…

  • Anonymous

    This is actually kind of awesome.. touchscreen and full qwerty.. I honestly do like it.. I don’t know why…

  • Anonymous

    This is actually kind of awesome.. touchscreen and full qwerty.. I honestly do like it.. I don’t know why…

  • Cosmo10292

    hmm. do i want a half cooked blackberry thats still full of bugs, and was thrown out to consumers by t-mobile because RIM forced them? i had the bold 2 n it was a great phone but RIM is seriously screwing up now. I really dont see them in the future…

  • http://twitter.com/maanshu Himanshu Batra

    Daym ! $350 for this .. I’d rather stick with my current blackberry.

  • http://twitter.com/maanshu Himanshu Batra

    Daym ! $350 for this .. I’d rather stick with my current blackberry.

  • Schnik

    love the phone! Looks and feels like a champ phone should.

    been impressing people with it all day long :-)

  • Capriconia6

    Just got the 9900 Bold yesterday and already 2 units so far have crashed. The first unit i purchase would not transfer the data from my old blackberry to the 9900 via the Blackberry desktop; it seem always to be in an initialization mode.  The second unit exchanged for the first is freezing up at startup and i get “an exception error”. T-Mobile is going to exchange the 2nd unit for a 3 unit….here’s hoping 3 is the charm……..

  • Anonymous

    Sweet hardware….NO UMA?  what the hell?   also the cam is inferior to prior Bold phones…this is a disgrace, I heard they couldn’t do a better cam because of thinner size…someone needs to get fired