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.

  • http://twitter.com/SugarMouth Mark Carruthers

    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.  

  • http://twitter.com/STEVENSTOCKTON Steven Jaye

    I need to put my hands through some modeling classes!

  • http://twitter.com/STEVENSTOCKTON Steven Jaye

    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.

    • Ruskastud

      X2………. I’ll wait a few months and see if it really gets UMA, and if the price drops.

    • Brianb

      It can’t get REAL UMA because UMA is hardware based.  Anything they release with software won’t compare to UMA.

  • Me

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

  • http://MobileGenius.wordpress.com 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?

    • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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

      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

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

      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.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      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