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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  • OKDave

    At least Blackberry is still more relevant than WP7…but, no, not interested, to answer the question…

  • OKDave

    At least Blackberry is still more relevant than WP7…but, no, not interested, to answer the question…

  • Jn3w

    No UMA = deal breaker
    Somebody tell RIM that its not 2007, whos gonna pay that for a BB nowadays

  • Jn3w

    No UMA = deal breaker
    Somebody tell RIM that its not 2007, whos gonna pay that for a BB nowadays

  • Jcroberts

    The screen is too small for a ‘real touch screen’ smart phone.

    • TomRXE

      Well probably not any worse than trying to type on your average touch screen’s virtual keyboard!

  • Jcroberts

    The screen is too small for a ‘real touch screen’ smart phone.

  • I’m a pass.  Gimme the Hercules please!

  • Anonymous

    Its mine!

  • Anonymous

    It looks like an awesome phone, T-Mobile was really dumb for pricing it as they did. They probably just want more people to focus on android.

  • J. Williams

    Wow! That thing is thin! Wow, looks good too. 

  • J. Williams

    Wow! That thing is thin! Wow, looks good too. 

  • Newbie!

    Why is BB killing them selves? Once a great
    giant, soon to become a Dinosaur… Sad..

    • J. Williams

      Nothing last forever…

    • J. Williams

      Nothing last forever…

  • Newbie!

    Why is BB killing them selves? Once a great
    giant, soon to become a Dinosaur… Sad..

  • Danny

    Really good looking/feeling and performing phone.  Those of you who knock the platform need to get a life.  Don’t buy it if you don’t like it who cares?  This thing feels like high quality the moment you touch it but extremely light at the same time.  

    Phone calls are loud and the speakerphone is awesome/sharp.

    The display is beautiful.  This thing truly does the job for the business professional and then some.  I even thought about ditching my G2x for this thing except T-Mobile wouldn’t let me keep my $19.99 data plan pricing.

    No UMA for you UMA whores yet but it’s coming soon
    NFC not enabled out of the box but coming soon
    Mobile HotSpot not enabled out of the box but coming soon

    CONS:  Battery life is not as good as the 97xx seriesNot many apps for you app whores
    No auto focus sammy to keep slim form factor

    • Anonymous

      Do you have any synonyms for the word “whore”? 

      And anything that is promised down the line, is stupid. “Hey, buy this phone. It’ll eventually do everything most phones do already…”

      • Wirelessmechanic

         OK – So you would rather wait a little longer for UMA and NFC?  Haven’t we waited long enough already?  Jeezus!!

        Seriously, do the rest of us need to wait longer so the UMA brigade can be satisfied?  And, I have lived without NFC this long, I can wait a little longer.  I would however like to get the damned phone in hand sooner than later!

      • Danny

        If “the king_13,” is a word then sure!

        I bought this phone for $99.99 from my Business rep and I don’t think I made a bad choice.  

        Unless I travel internationally daily or am always in a bad signal area then I don’t need UMA.  Honestly I rarely use it.  It’s a nice feature but I don’t depend on it.  

        I actually think the form factor is refreshing from the sea of rectangular boxy looking touch screens right now.

        Go pick one up and see what I mean.  

      • Danny

        If “the king_13,” is a word then sure!

        I bought this phone for $99.99 from my Business rep and I don’t think I made a bad choice.  

        Unless I travel internationally daily or am always in a bad signal area then I don’t need UMA.  Honestly I rarely use it.  It’s a nice feature but I don’t depend on it.  

        I actually think the form factor is refreshing from the sea of rectangular boxy looking touch screens right now.

        Go pick one up and see what I mean.  

    • Brianb

      UMA is hardware based not software.  What they MIGHT come out with in software will not be the same as UMA.

  • donny_c

    $300??? After a $50 mail in?? It is hard to GIVE a BB away, I can’t imagine anyone but the most hardcore of BB fans will be making this purchase….

    That being said, it is a beautiful phone that I wouldn’t mind carrying around for a couple months just to have a break from the Android onslaught. (Android onslaught =/= complaint) ……………..if it was <$150.

  • Anonymous

    Please tell me its not $299 after signing a contract… 

    If it is, no wonder RIM is going down. They think their phones are made of gold.

  • Abolds4397

    I don’t understand!! There are others out there who have the 9900 priced lower…what’s up with $299.99 (+$50 more until you send in the mail in rebate to get the 50 back)? Hopefully T-Mobile will fix the problem or I’m not sure the sales will be what you’re looking for!

    • Drivethruboy168

      The difference in T-Mobiles aspect in the price is 4G. The other carriers Bold 9900 series will be 3G only. Not trying to back tmo up, but that’s the reason for the price difference.

    • Wirelessmechanic

      It’s about the subsidy paid by TMO to RIM.  TMO has lower rate plans than AT&T and VZW, so they have to recoup the money on the actual device itself.  Its a simple math problem and not hard to figure out when you add the difference between an “unlimited everything” plan for $80/mo compared to the competitions’ similar rate plans that are more expensive.

      • Jeter_81

        THANK YOU! Some people only look at device pricing and fail to consider monthly rate plan costs. All they want is the “free” phone, but don’t consider how much tmo saves them over their contract term.

      • Brandon Dean

        I dont take that as a valid excuse, especially considering some of the other high end phones that TMO offers likely costing more in parts than this thing. Sure t-mobile has lower rate plans, but when you can get a G2X for 150 that arguably may be a pricier subsidy, this is hard to justify from any angle. 

  • Anonymous

    No

  • Anonymous

    No

  • J. Williams

    Either buy it, or don’t.  T-Mobile has their price, and if you want it at a lower price.  Go to where that price is.  If not, and you don’t want to leave T-Mobile..just wait for something in your price range.  Everything can’t be $150 just because YOU feel it should be.  Most of these comments are from people who appear to not even WANT a blackberry…lol.  Very good, very good.  This device will do well, and RIM is not dead nor are they killing themselves.  They will be okay, so stop believing everything some blogger puts up on the internet.  

    • Jeter_81

      Well said! Most of these people say they don’t even want the device, so why complain?! Some people will just complain about anything.

    • Jeter_81

      Well said! Most of these people say they don’t even want the device, so why complain?! Some people will just complain about anything.

    • Wirelessmechanic

      Yeah! What he said!

    • Wirelessmechanic

      Yeah! What he said!

    • Wirelessmechanic

      Yeah! What he said!

    • Wirelessmechanic

      Yeah! What he said!

    • Brandon Dean

      I dont want a blackberry, but its not from disliking the company, I just think they are going to slow in facing the reality of where the mobile industry is now. People always want blackberries judged in a vacuum where other phones don’t exist, but it doesnt work that way. With more powerful and capable phones going for 100 less, its hard to justify this price for a waning platform. And as the blog says, this is a section for “COMMENTS” not necessarily “FANDOM”. 

      A t-mobile customers, we should be able to say a price is a ridiculous for a phone that clearly doesnt deserve it. (Now lets be real, you mean to tell me that this phone is worth MORE than the BEST phones Android has to offer, or Apple for that matter?) Its all good if you want to spend the money for it, people buy golden dinner plates too, no bashing that desire!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for BB one bit but I would prefer T-Mobile be competitive and sell their devices like the “Value” carrier that they are.  Otherwise people, like you said,  go elsewhere which is not good for TMO.  

      There’s no denying that in this dog eat dog industry, BB is in trouble if this new handset line up isn’t a smash hit (as far as their expectations go)

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for BB one bit but I would prefer T-Mobile be competitive and sell their devices like the “Value” carrier that they are.  Otherwise people, like you said,  go elsewhere which is not good for TMO.  

      There’s no denying that in this dog eat dog industry, BB is in trouble if this new handset line up isn’t a smash hit (as far as their expectations go)

  • J. Williams

    Either buy it, or don’t.  T-Mobile has their price, and if you want it at a lower price.  Go to where that price is.  If not, and you don’t want to leave T-Mobile..just wait for something in your price range.  Everything can’t be $150 just because YOU feel it should be.  Most of these comments are from people who appear to not even WANT a blackberry…lol.  Very good, very good.  This device will do well, and RIM is not dead nor are they killing themselves.  They will be okay, so stop believing everything some blogger puts up on the internet.  

  • I need to put my hands through some modeling classes!

  • I need to put my hands through some modeling classes!

  • TMO Insider

    Had a chance to play with my demo unit today and I was really impressed with its performance. The touch screen is very responsive and the web is quite fast. There wasn’t any lag in the pin-to-zoom when browsing the web and the display was crisp. The keyboard is by far the most comfortable keyboard I’ve used on any mobile device. Albeit, this device should’ve launched months ago and the BlackBerry 7 software isn’t anything ground-breaking, it will likely hold it’s own in any lineup. Anyone who attempts to compare it to any Android or iOS device isn’t playing a fair game because each of these devices are engineered for different types of users. I think this will prove to be a very solid device and any avid BlackBerry enthusiast will gladly foot the hefty price tag at launch.

    • Pikachu

      Yes dude, I went into the app store on my demo I got in today and I grabbed like ten apps VERY quickly. I was able to download multiple items and install WHILE continuing to use the device. Old bb’s just lock RIGHT up. Having a touch screen is nice to be able to poke at some of the stuff that im doing. Definitely willing to give this a try, if it got some BETTER apps id be back on board, all im saying is to those that hate (as i used to) you will all definitely agree after playing with it, that is FINALLY stepping up

      • TMO Insider

        Agreed. I carry two devices: an iPhone 4 and a BlackBerry Bold 9780 and I’m considering using the 9900 as my primary device. It’s a very solid piece of hardware and seems to run pretty flawlessly (thus far). As far as Android is concerned, I’ve concluded that no matter the make, model or screen size, they’re ultimately all the same. BlackBerry is huge with the types of customers I cater to and i’m predicting that I’ll be sold out the first day–in fact, I already have a few pre-sold. 

    • TMO Insider

      **pinch-to-zoom

  • Me

    Nope. Not having UMA/Wifi Calling is a big deal for me. And, I don’t believe this phone is worth $299.

  • Me

    Nope. Not having UMA/Wifi Calling is a big deal for me. And, I don’t believe this phone is worth $299.

  • JM

    The price is what it is. I will not pay it. I cannot rule out trading with someone who wants my current devices, as I have loved using Blackberry in the past, and quite honestly, I miss it. I look forward to this one. I am worried that this one won’t live up to what I remember but I still want to give it a try.

  • alt-mobile

    soo..what exactly is the difference between this and all other previous Blackberries?

  • Mario214mac

    yes i am sold on this phone I had the chance to play  with this  phone at my store has a amazing processor and fells good in my hand nothing like previous blackberrys the 4g makes a real difference

  • HeLLkAt31

    nah

  • Jeter_81

    People kill me when they complain about T-Mobile’s pricing for this device. They seem to forget that while other companies have the device for $50-$100 cheaper, T-Mobile customers consistantly pay between $10-$20 less per month for similar plans on competitors. Do the math, would you rather save $100 on a device one time or $20/mo for 2 years?

  • Jeter_81

    People kill me when they complain about T-Mobile’s pricing for this device. They seem to forget that while other companies have the device for $50-$100 cheaper, T-Mobile customers consistantly pay between $10-$20 less per month for similar plans on competitors. Do the math, would you rather save $100 on a device one time or $20/mo for 2 years?

    • Anonymous

      Completely true about the monthly difference but come on.  People aren’t doing the math (I’ll save $xxx.xx during the contract vs. carrier x) while standing they’re deciding on spending $400(phone+taxes+upgrade) on a CONTRACTED phone.

      This is almost temporary price gouging for the first month or two because you know the price will drop $50-100 soon after release.

    • Anonymous

      Completely true about the monthly difference but come on.  People aren’t doing the math (I’ll save $xxx.xx during the contract vs. carrier x) while standing they’re deciding on spending $400(phone+taxes+upgrade) on a CONTRACTED phone.

      This is almost temporary price gouging for the first month or two because you know the price will drop $50-100 soon after release.

    • Anonymous

      Completely true about the monthly difference but come on.  People aren’t doing the math (I’ll save $xxx.xx during the contract vs. carrier x) while standing they’re deciding on spending $400(phone+taxes+upgrade) on a CONTRACTED phone.

      This is almost temporary price gouging for the first month or two because you know the price will drop $50-100 soon after release.

    • Anonymous

      Completely true about the monthly difference but come on.  People aren’t doing the math (I’ll save $xxx.xx during the contract vs. carrier x) while standing they’re deciding on spending $400(phone+taxes+upgrade) on a CONTRACTED phone.

      This is almost temporary price gouging for the first month or two because you know the price will drop $50-100 soon after release.

    • Anonymous

      Completely true about the monthly difference but come on.  People aren’t doing the math (I’ll save $xxx.xx during the contract vs. carrier x) while standing they’re deciding on spending $400(phone+taxes+upgrade) on a CONTRACTED phone.

      This is almost temporary price gouging for the first month or two because you know the price will drop $50-100 soon after release.

  • D.O.

    Alot of people I know still have blackberries and are looking forward to this device. Not everyone wants a 5 inch touchscreen devices with 500,000 apps that u dont even use. No one video chats on thier phones and no one I know plays video games on there devices that will require a tri core processor. This phone is excellent from the build to the software. You android fan boys are starting to become worse than the iphone clan…

    And by the way ive been using the G2X since release date…its not the same as a BB at all

    • Anonymous

      Well said.. 

      That actually is one nice looking device.. I think I’m ready to try something new other than android and apple.. Maybe BB could be what fits me..

    • bona

      and a lot of people you dont know as well!!!!!!! I am so getting this blackberry once it comes out – without a contract plan! i’ve budgeted $700 for it and i know it will be no way near that. got tricked into my present contract and still have a yr to go; and then never again!!!! yes, i value the BB that much!

      • eriica12

        im the same! i have 500 set aside for this phone!

  • D.O.

    Alot of people I know still have blackberries and are looking forward to this device. Not everyone wants a 5 inch touchscreen devices with 500,000 apps that u dont even use. No one video chats on thier phones and no one I know plays video games on there devices that will require a tri core processor. This phone is excellent from the build to the software. You android fan boys are starting to become worse than the iphone clan…

    And by the way ive been using the G2X since release date…its not the same as a BB at all

  • Rob Lopes

    Meh

  • Rob Lopes

    Meh

  • Rob Lopes

    Meh

  • Rob Lopes

    Meh

  • Wirelessmechanic

    I work on phones all day for a living.  I refuse to work on Androids as they are garbage.  Every week there’s a “new” Android device released.  However, its really just the same crap in a new wrapper.  You think you are saving money by buying an Android?  Drop it and see how much a digitizer costs compared to an Apple digitizer.  Then find someone to work on it. There goes that $100 you just saved.

    I work primarily on Apple iPhones because there’s a million suckers out there that cant live without them and need their little toy and want to surf the web on a 3 inch screen.  Try doing some serious texting or emailing on one and its an exercise in frustration.

    I also repair Blackberrys.  Lots easier and parts are reasonable.  As much as iPhones provide an nice income for me, I use a Blackberry as it is a business tool where an iPhone and Android are more of a toy. When I need to keep my kids quiet on a long car ride, I grab a couple used iPhones I keep as customer loaner phones and let them sit in the back seat and play Angry Birds.  When I need to hammer out a lot of text or email while on the run, I reach for my trusty Bold 9780.  I loved the old 9000 and am looking forward to the 9900 and its big comfortable keypad.

    There’s an old saying that goes something like “the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.”  Zig Ziglar once said, “Its better to spend a little more than you planned than a little less than you should.”  I’m pretty sure I’ll get over that extra $100 after a few emails and texts.  I’m pretty sure I’d be kicking my own butt every time I tried to text someone on an iPhone or Android and wish I spent  the extra few bucks.

    Know what I like about the higher price?  Keeps the riff raff out of the neighborhood and makes the phone a little more exclusive.  I remember how many people complained back on 2009 when AT&T lowered the price of the 9000 and whined that “everyone has one now”. :)

    • OKDave

      I’m amazed there’s even a viable market for cell phone repair. Not that there aren’t components that can be obtained, or repairs that can be made, just figured the time and expense of performing most of the repairs that likely occur would just be prohibitive. I’m confused about your unilateral blasting of Androids as the name doesn’t imply a particular piece of hardware, so I’m not sure you you can make a generalization that they’re all “crap.” I can almost see how you’d condemn iPhones as that clearly does imply hardware, but man, in general, why is there so much anger? From everyone? It’s a stinking electronic phone, for heaven’s sake.

    • Kendal32884

      Are u kidding me android phones are way more powerful than a crapberry the only advantage u get with a BlackBerry is good push email I’ve owned a lot of blackberrys and android phones and android phones are far more powerful and fast and more customizable so as far as ur comments go sorry sir but they fail and the construction of the android phone for the ones I’ve owned have been superior

    • Kendal32884

      Are u kidding me android phones are way more powerful than a crapberry the only advantage u get with a BlackBerry is good push email I’ve owned a lot of blackberrys and android phones and android phones are far more powerful and fast and more customizable so as far as ur comments go sorry sir but they fail and the construction of the android phone for the ones I’ve owned have been superior

    • Anonymous

      You really make no sense..You say how ppl can’t live without surfing the web on a 3″ iphone…Well that’s better than the 2″ crapberry..Yes the build quality is nice but they are so fucking sloooow…My bro uses my G2 to surf the web as imagines actually load..All blackberrys are good for is txting or emailing..And being able to txt fast gets boring really quick..I have a keyboard on my android phone so I have no problem txting or emailing. And by the way, learn how to root android phones, your business will blossom.

    • Anonymous

      You really make no sense..You say how ppl can’t live without surfing the web on a 3″ iphone…Well that’s better than the 2″ crapberry..Yes the build quality is nice but they are so fucking sloooow…My bro uses my G2 to surf the web as imagines actually load..All blackberrys are good for is txting or emailing..And being able to txt fast gets boring really quick..I have a keyboard on my android phone so I have no problem txting or emailing. And by the way, learn how to root android phones, your business will blossom.

    • Anonymous

      You really make no sense..You say how ppl can’t live without surfing the web on a 3″ iphone…Well that’s better than the 2″ crapberry..Yes the build quality is nice but they are so fucking sloooow…My bro uses my G2 to surf the web as imagines actually load..All blackberrys are good for is txting or emailing..And being able to txt fast gets boring really quick..I have a keyboard on my android phone so I have no problem txting or emailing. And by the way, learn how to root android phones, your business will blossom.

    • Sk Diaz

      I agree. I love BlackBerry and after having a shit HTC phone I’ll never look back. As for the iPhone, it’s really cool but the keyboard drives me insane. Im actually typing on my ipod now and its taken me about 3 minutes to get this sentence out. Lol. I have my Bold 9700 and my iPod touch and that’s a great match for me. My phone is great for texting and emails but when I want to play a game and surf the web, Apple made a perfect device for that. I can’t criticize Android since I’ve never owned one but they don’t really attract me. The only reason I tried the HTC was because the screen was huge and the phone was sleek and gorgeous. Sadly, looks can be deceiving. I guess it really comes down to personal preference. I won’t really bash any one over the other but for me, it’s always been BlackBerry!

    • wow, such ignorance. most new phones are coming with gorilla glass now, so broken digi’s will soon be a thing of the past (can you say “unemployment line” for you), and since i also worked many years in wireless repair (not just cell phones as you do), i also notice a lot of BB’s and iPhone having cracked or damaged screens and not android OS phones. their issue is majority software related (trying to unlock of course). I will also point out that android is an OS and not a phone. If the manufacturer sucks , then the phone hardware will. HTC makes solid constructed phones, which is why i buy their products.Samsung, LG, etc. just don’t compare. iPhone has a solid build, but the digi’s suck badly along with Apple in general.Parts are easily available for iPhone and BB due to iPhone’s popularity with average Joe, and BB’s popularity with big business (which keeps them in business). parts are cheap, but marked up for both these phones due to that fact. were talking real OEM parts now, not cheap knockoffs (which i hope you don’t use for your customers).Most android OS phones don’t have digi failures, so its stupid to make them millions of them if there is no profit to be had.you can easily find other hardware pieces such as battery doors and such though, because there is a market for them.
      and there are plenty of people who will pay way over the amount of this phone off contract or on for that matter if the phone was truly worth it.sadly, this phone is just not worth the price-tag when you have dual core, amoled, 4.5 inch behemoths that will gobble this right up.even the smaller entry level phones have dual core, 3in high end displays with very comfortable and ergonomic keyboards. if i needed my phone for email only, i’ll just buy a PDA, waay cheaper

    • wow, such ignorance. most new phones are coming with gorilla glass now, so broken digi’s will soon be a thing of the past (can you say “unemployment line” for you), and since i also worked many years in wireless repair (not just cell phones as you do), i also notice a lot of BB’s and iPhone having cracked or damaged screens and not android OS phones. their issue is majority software related (trying to unlock of course). I will also point out that android is an OS and not a phone. If the manufacturer sucks , then the phone hardware will. HTC makes solid constructed phones, which is why i buy their products.Samsung, LG, etc. just don’t compare. iPhone has a solid build, but the digi’s suck badly along with Apple in general.Parts are easily available for iPhone and BB due to iPhone’s popularity with average Joe, and BB’s popularity with big business (which keeps them in business). parts are cheap, but marked up for both these phones due to that fact. were talking real OEM parts now, not cheap knockoffs (which i hope you don’t use for your customers).Most android OS phones don’t have digi failures, so its stupid to make them millions of them if there is no profit to be had.you can easily find other hardware pieces such as battery doors and such though, because there is a market for them.
      and there are plenty of people who will pay way over the amount of this phone off contract or on for that matter if the phone was truly worth it.sadly, this phone is just not worth the price-tag when you have dual core, amoled, 4.5 inch behemoths that will gobble this right up.even the smaller entry level phones have dual core, 3in high end displays with very comfortable and ergonomic keyboards. if i needed my phone for email only, i’ll just buy a PDA, waay cheaper

    • 21stNow

      The ease of keyboard use is a matter of preference and what the user is used to.  I have phones on three platforms: iOS, Android and BlackBerry OS.  If I have to send a text message, the Android phone (virtual keyboard) is my first choice, followed by the iPhone 4, and dead last, the BlackBerry.

      I recently got the BlackBerry and find that keyboard (physical) beyond frustrating.  However, I am sure that people who are used to it prefer it. 

      I have typed out a six (long) paragraph email on an Android phone, using the Swype keyboard.  I never plan to do an email a quarter of that length on my Blackberry.

  • Dot

    There’s no way I’m getting this for 350 dollars (minus the 50). That’s just crazy. I’m staying with my old and tried Curve.

  • Brandon Dean

    FOR ONLY 299 YOU CAN GET THE BEST BLACKBERRY EVER!!!!

    Too bad the best blackberry ever is still a mediocre smartphone compared to the best the competition has to offer. And Three. Hundred. Dollars? Who was high and/or drunk when that price was decided? The best future blackberry RIM could ever dream of making wouldn’t be worth 300 bucks, let alone this one.

    T-mobile has a tendency to price higher when they don’t want people to buy something. When the G2X was having those initial issues, they said they were out of stock, and the places that had it in stock had the price at 50 bucks higher than normal. Am I supposed to take this blackberry price as a hint?

  • Brandon Dean

    FOR ONLY 299 YOU CAN GET THE BEST BLACKBERRY EVER!!!!

    Too bad the best blackberry ever is still a mediocre smartphone compared to the best the competition has to offer. And Three. Hundred. Dollars? Who was high and/or drunk when that price was decided? The best future blackberry RIM could ever dream of making wouldn’t be worth 300 bucks, let alone this one.

    T-mobile has a tendency to price higher when they don’t want people to buy something. When the G2X was having those initial issues, they said they were out of stock, and the places that had it in stock had the price at 50 bucks higher than normal. Am I supposed to take this blackberry price as a hint?

    • Gm Aharrington1

      I do not like the idea either about the price. If this made you throw up a little, what about all the people that bought an iphone for double that price?

      • Brandon Dean

        Equally nauseating. The only way i’d pay above 300 is if the phone was contract free. 

      • Brandon Dean

        Equally nauseating. The only way i’d pay above 300 is if the phone was contract free. 

    • Anonymous

      I paid that on contract for a Touch Pro 2… Huge mistake.

    • CM Punk’s Text

      A mediocre smartphone?

      Initial issues before launch?

      At least you nailed one point right…The phone is going to cost $300 on a contract

      • Brandon Dean

        I am not saying that there ARE issues before launch, I am saying T-mobile tends to price things unrealistically when they arent exactly interesting in moving product. 

        And sorry, compared to the best OTHER companies are offering, It IS a mediocre smartphone. Especially when RIM itself says that QNX is for dual core phones, which means this is essentially a lesson in planned obsolescence.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Given Apple’s propensity to sue for bogus reasons RIM better sleep with one eye open.  This BlackBerry’s rails look suspiciously like the iPhone’s.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Given Apple’s propensity to sue for bogus reasons RIM better sleep with one eye open.  This BlackBerry’s rails look suspiciously like the iPhone’s.

    • Rep76

      Well seeing that the original bold had the “rails”, as you put it, before the iphone 4, apple wouldn’t/shouldn’t even think about suing RIM for this.

    • Rep76

      Well seeing that the original bold had the “rails”, as you put it, before the iphone 4, apple wouldn’t/shouldn’t even think about suing RIM for this.

  • Now_onTMO

    Not interested coz i like android… Rim should have made the screen longer, and changed the keyboard design.. How about arectangular body with sharp corners?

    Honestly, blackberries appeal to me more than iphones..

    • CM Punk’s Text

      So…You’re not interested because you like Android and the only way to make it more appealing is to, essentially, make it look like every other Android/iOS device?

      Interesting…..

  • Anonymous

    Never been a huge BB fan so I’m not terribly interested (or even slightly for that matter). However $299 is pricey for ANY smartphone these days, unless you’re on Verizon, who seems to think no amount is too much for any phone. BB 7 OS is a big improvement though and kudos to RIM for putting 8GB of storage and 768 RAM on it. That said, even though it’s thinner and has a .2″ bigger (higher res with touch) screen it still looks kind of like the bold from 2 years ago. Plenty of BB lovers that should like it though as it’s a solid phone. They will probably wait until it gets discounted a bit though, before they even pull the trigger for $299.

  • Bob

    Will consider once UMA becomes available. Once you learn BLACKBERRY keyboard shortcuts, other platforms have a big productivity hurdle to clear. Might consider Android phones if UMA is slow to turn up on the 9900.. Will not consider Apple for the moment.

    • Anonymous

      Doesn”t really matter which phone you like, as UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) is carrier enabled.

      For the most part the 9900 is UMA ready (Rogers in Canada and TMob in the US (if I remember)). The 9900 is also NFC (Near Field Communication) ready. Just no software yet.

  • MIKEEEEE

    anybody that buys a new smartphone will not get a full 2 year’s service life out of it so why bother?

    keep an eye on the crap att tries to pawn off on their customers, because they will be trying to pawn it off on us soon.

    • I believe you are wrong, they will likely get more than two years out of it.

    • Anonymous

      Shame on you mikee

  • Anonymous

    I’ve has my 9900 Bold since Friday and I love it. It’s great to be back on a solid blackberry. Great job RIM

  • Anonymous

    I’ve has my 9900 Bold since Friday and I love it. It’s great to be back on a solid blackberry. Great job RIM

  • 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….

        • CM Punk’s Text

          Use your words…dis = not

          Or, if you want to try and be a grammar nazi:
          http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disallow
          http://www.thefreedictionary.com/disallowed
          http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/disallow

          Soooooo, if you’re not trying to be a smart ***, I apologize.  Basically T-Mobile said no according to my bberry rep as blackberry has always been a major proponent of WiFi Calling, well before Androids got it.  Heck, they also did tethering & WiFi hotspot for free until T-Mobile & other carriers decided to add a surcharge for it.

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

      • 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.

      • 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  

  • 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…

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

  • 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