Blackberry Bold 9900 “Coming Soon” Says T-Mobile, No Wi-Fi Calling At Launch

The Blackberry Bold 9900 is ready to make its arrival on T-Mobile’s network sometime in the near future as T-Mobile has posted internal docs previewing the device as “coming soon.” Of course all signs point toward August 31st as the arrival date. That’s “soon” right?

What’s truly interesting about the second image we received is listed under the specs: no Wi-Fi calling, UMA or Wi-Fi Hotspot. The image expressly tells us that these particular features are a no go at this time. However, according to the folks at MobileSyrup a leaked document for Canadian carrier Rogers indicates the UMA feature will “not be available at launch — enabled via software update at future timeframe.” We’ll assume that the means the update is coming from RIM and that it will be a worldwide update to Blackberry Bold 9900 users. Without this feature at launch we wonder if Blackberry isn’t risking some immediate sales on T-Mobile or other UMA supporting carriers if the 9900 lacks UMA.

Still, the Blackberry Bold 9900 is going to be the best Blackberry yet and with 4G on board along with the always great Blackberry keyboard this is definitely THE Blackberry to get.


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  • Andrew

    Well that’s a bummer! Hopefully they are being truthful about UMA support coming soon via a software update. UMA/Wi-Fi Calling is one of the primary reasons I stay on T-Mobile.

    • Ruskastud

       Me too. I guess I’ll just stick to my 9700 until the 9900 gets UMA…………………..

  • What is the costs of the phone going to be? 249 on contract?

    • AO

      Likely 199, like all other Bolds at release and all other high end smartphones.

      The lack of a UMA feature at launch is a MAJOR bummer as this has always been a BIG TIME key feature for Blackberry well before this was introduced into Android phones…

    • Ali

      I think I remember reading somewhere it’s going to be $299.99 with a contract. I think I read it on phonedog but I’m not sure.

    • Ali

      I think I remember reading somewhere it’s going to be $299.99 with a contract. I think I read it on phonedog but I’m not sure.

    • Ali

      I think I remember reading somewhere it’s going to be $299.99 with a contract. I think I read it on phonedog but I’m not sure.

  • RIM needs to give or get with the program.

  • Jordan23xi

    this is fail waiting to happen

  • Clint

    A Blackberry without UMA? Really? okay…………………………………

  • Nearmsp

    RIM is losing the plot. They released the playbook without the BB mail and now the Bold without UMA on T-mobile? Wow, talk about self inflicted wounds. RIM is on its way to the graveyard. A great company that lost its way.  I have used BB Curve 8320 and now the Bold. I can’t wait to switch to Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 5 which ever comes first. 

    • Thereugo67

      Wait for the NEXUS PRIME coming out in November.

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha… all because UMA won’t be available for a month? Enjoy your two hours of battery life.

      • Raully61

        Are you really falling for that “update in a month or two” BS.  Go ask G2X users how they like those promised imminent updates.  My philosophy:  A phone is only as good as its specs the day it is released!

      • Raully61

        Are you really falling for that “update in a month or two” BS.  Go ask G2X users how they like those promised imminent updates.  My philosophy:  A phone is only as good as its specs the day it is released!

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha… all because UMA won’t be available for a month? Enjoy your two hours of battery life.

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha… all because UMA won’t be available for a month? Enjoy your two hours of battery life.

  • Nearmsp

    RIM is losing the plot. They released the playbook without the BB mail and now the Bold without UMA on T-mobile? Wow, talk about self inflicted wounds. RIM is on its way to the graveyard. A great company that lost its way.  I have used BB Curve 8320 and now the Bold. I can’t wait to switch to Samsung Galaxy S2 or iPhone 5 which ever comes first. 

  • i want a 10.1

    galaxy tab 7 $50. NY only.  bbulani1@yahoo.com

    sorry guys

  • i want a 10.1

    galaxy tab 7 $50. NY only.  bbulani1@yahoo.com

    sorry guys

    • Anonymous

      Did you confuse Tmonews with Craigslist?

  • i want a 10.1

    galaxy tab 7 $50. NY only.  bbulani1@yahoo.com

    sorry guys

  • graveyard

    that just made my decision not to get it,,,,,,,,what a stupid move  !

  • Tmodroid88

    Blackberry curve 93xx touch launching sept. 14Th ,

  • Jafo991

    Are you kidding. Reduced battery life, no auto focus camera and now no wifi calling…..I’ve been with tmobile for 8years now but I may just leave over this bs. Been waiting for too long to get a half of a blackberry

  • Jafo991

    Are you kidding. Reduced battery life, no auto focus camera and now no wifi calling…..I’ve been with tmobile for 8years now but I may just leave over this bs. Been waiting for too long to get a half of a blackberry

    • Anonymous

      1. Battery life and the camera have been enormously exaggerated, much like the Apple shareholders (“analysts”) so-called ‘downfall’ of RIM. Give me a break. The battery life of the Bold is still heaps better than any iPhone/Android phone out there, and that is not even debatable.
      2. WiFi calling will be coming in a month or two. It’s too important of a feature to ignore for too long — RIM/the carriers know this.

      • Fred Flintstone

        How do you know it will be here in a month or two? I bet you don’t know

  • Havoktek

    There dumping their inventory, however they possibly can. Only the purist would pick this up regardless of the lake of innovation and features. They HOPE that they can ride the wave till next quarter and drop their QNX phones. Rally all resources and cut losses.
    Sad really, My TMO Blackberry was my first smartphone. RIM is stepping on glass falling into the river full of sharks on shark week….Chum city people……

  • Havoktek

    There dumping their inventory, however they possibly can. Only the purist would pick this up regardless of the lake of innovation and features. They HOPE that they can ride the wave till next quarter and drop their QNX phones. Rally all resources and cut losses.
    Sad really, My TMO Blackberry was my first smartphone. RIM is stepping on glass falling into the river full of sharks on shark week….Chum city people……

  • Moving2Android?

    Been a faithful BlackBerry user for 5 years now (2 Curves and 1 Bold), however, this new 9900 is a deal killer for me without UMA. Will have to look to possibly keeping my 2 year old 9700 for the time being until I can pick out a suitable Android replacement device…possibly on another carrier.

  • Moving2Android?

    Been a faithful BlackBerry user for 5 years now (2 Curves and 1 Bold), however, this new 9900 is a deal killer for me without UMA. Will have to look to possibly keeping my 2 year old 9700 for the time being until I can pick out a suitable Android replacement device…possibly on another carrier.

  • guest

    So we can assume UMA will be added to all versions of the 9900 in the US?

    • Josetr

      UMA is totally hardware.  Any added update will be SOFTWARE and will not be ‘real’ UMA nor will it function the same.

  • PatD

    According to what I saw, the phone will get WiFi calling with a future software update, but it will be like Android phones that have WiFi calling in that it will not have handover, which is a switch for Blackberry.

  • Powerphrase

    BB 9900 One of the Best smartphone ever Built. All I want to say lit looks great  with superior performance. Check it out and make your own judgement . Don’t listen to special Interest Group.  

    • Karent

      It might be great but if you rely on UMA?  You are screwed.

    • Anonymous

      No UMA = No upgrade, I’ll stick with the 9700 til it turns to dust.

    • Anonymous

      No UMA = No upgrade, I’ll stick with the 9700 til it turns to dust.

    • Anonymous

      No UMA = No upgrade, I’ll stick with the 9700 til it turns to dust.

  • Anonymous

    It’s amazing how quickly RIM has gone downhill. I’ve owned a number of Blackberries in years past, but after replacing my Blackberry Flip no less than five times, I swore off them forever. (Lol, I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought that piece of junk.)

    Although, I’ll fully admit that the email experience on every phone I’ve owned since (all Android) leaves something to be desired…

  • Anonymous

    It’s amazing how quickly RIM has gone downhill. I’ve owned a number of Blackberries in years past, but after replacing my Blackberry Flip no less than five times, I swore off them forever. (Lol, I have no idea what I was thinking when I bought that piece of junk.)

    Although, I’ll fully admit that the email experience on every phone I’ve owned since (all Android) leaves something to be desired…

  • Napleskahuna76

    Want some WAAAAtchup with those WAAAAburger? Blackberry has duped us all into thinking the newest Blackberry is the BEST…..But is it really? Or is it just better than the LAST Blackberry? Something to ponder lil grasshoppers.

    • Brent Taft

      It is the best BlackBerry. It is not the best phone, but that is debatable. Some say an OS is better than another, some say if the specs are better than the phone is better. The smart person chooses the phone that works best for them. So in a way, there is no such thing as a best phone, just best matches to people.

  • Napleskahuna76

    Want some WAAAAtchup with those WAAAAburger? Blackberry has duped us all into thinking the newest Blackberry is the BEST…..But is it really? Or is it just better than the LAST Blackberry? Something to ponder lil grasshoppers.

  • Arriaza Brayan

    I would totally get this if I didn’t know that they’re going to put out QNX phones

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been waiting for this model for so long and now no UMA!?!?! No sale for me then. You can’t pull that coming soon crap…. I own a Playbook and know exactly what coming soon means. My contract with T-Mo is up in Sept… I’m going to Verizon.

    • bye

    • bye

    • Me

      I have no connection at home with out UMA .  Can not use this phone .

  • Stephanie29

    I don’t know why yall trippin like this is a surprise.  Im pretty sure there will be an update after the launch.  I don’t really think its that big of a deal.  

    • Anonymous

      Every BlackBerry I’ve owned with T-Mobile since 2006 came with UMA right out of the box… so why wouldn’t I be surprised?

      Ever waited for T-Mobile for an official OS update? Ever waited for RIM to update the Playbook? If so then you know UMA won’t be coming in a software update “soon”… you’d be lucky if you see it before 2012.

      • Brent Taft

        LOL. I unfortunately agree… it is funny because it is true… but we can hope… :)

        • Pikachu

          Software updates on blackberry = PAIN 

          Software updates on Android = PAINSoftware updated on iPhone = UNLOCK PAIN lulz

    • Karent

      UMA is HARDWARE not software.  What they are offering in a SOFTWARE update is like skype.  It won’t hold a call as you enter the house.  You will have to re-call someone after it drops in the house.

  • Stephanie29

    I don’t know why yall trippin like this is a surprise.  Im pretty sure there will be an update after the launch.  I don’t really think its that big of a deal.  

  • Rick E

    Even my wife’s old BB8220 had UMA. It’s important to me because where I live, reception is not useable. I’m done with T-Mobile.

  • Anonymous

    This phone, and any other BlackBerry with the new set of processors, will not support UMA. They will, however, be getting a WiFi calling feature similar to that of an Android. Not really a big deal; just means no wifi -> cell site handoffs. Frankly, they rarely handed off properly anyways.

    • Jereme-Derick Sharpe

      Thank you for clarifying this. 

    • Jereme-Derick Sharpe

      Thank you for clarifying this. 

    • Jereme-Derick Sharpe

      Thank you for clarifying this. 

  • Jonathan Barker

    Will stick with my 9700 even longer if no UMA as, without it, I get NO signal at home. That was why I upgraded to the 9700 only a few months after getting the original 9000 bold. You might think that RIM would know how important UMA is to some of us by now. Maybe Orange UK is delaying release until UMA is available as they have made much of its advantages.

  • Jonathan Barker

    Will stick with my 9700 even longer if no UMA as, without it, I get NO signal at home. That was why I upgraded to the 9700 only a few months after getting the original 9000 bold. You might think that RIM would know how important UMA is to some of us by now. Maybe Orange UK is delaying release until UMA is available as they have made much of its advantages.

  • kidnic3

    idk whats goin on with tmo but they need to just hurry and come out with the damn phone already

  • kidnic3

    idk whats goin on with tmo but they need to just hurry and come out with the damn phone already

  • kidnic3

    idk whats goin on with tmo but they need to just hurry and come out with the damn phone already

    • seemsixty7

      Yes They do. Seriously, just announce a launch date and start taking preorders!

  • kidnic3

    idk whats goin on with tmo but they need to just hurry and come out with the damn phone already

  • Rich S

    I called tmo today. He said the 9900 was coming out in Sept and will definitely have the mobile hot spot capability. We’ll see…

  • PatheticLoser

    Odd because I saw the 9900 the other day and the Blackberry rep told me it would include UMA. I’ll have to get clarification on that.

  • Msetyon

    Will it have mifi capability?

  • Jereme-Derick Sharpe

    Okay. So the BlackBerry Bold 9900 wont be released with UMA but we know that its coming. Bottom line. Its not going to be released with it but we know its not far behind. Also according to the leak, Costco will be releasing the 9900 on 8/31.

    • Brianb

      It won’t actually be UMA when it comes out.  It will be a voice over IP calling like skype.  It won’t hand off from the tower to the wifi.  I use UMA alot now and going in my house hands off from tower to the wifi seamlessly.  Without UMA it can’t ‘hand off’ and will drop the calls when tower signal is lost. You will then have to re-initate a call over wifi.
      REAL UMA requires a chipset and not just software.

    • Brianb

      It won’t actually be UMA when it comes out.  It will be a voice over IP calling like skype.  It won’t hand off from the tower to the wifi.  I use UMA alot now and going in my house hands off from tower to the wifi seamlessly.  Without UMA it can’t ‘hand off’ and will drop the calls when tower signal is lost. You will then have to re-initate a call over wifi.
      REAL UMA requires a chipset and not just software.

  • Jereme-Derick Sharpe

    This is true. The UMA app is currently being developed and an OTA update will add this feature shortly after the launch. RT: @mbregar This phone, and any other BlackBerry with the new set of processors, will not support UMA. They will, however, be getting a WiFi calling feature similar to that of an Android. Not really a big deal; just means no wifi -> cell site handoffs. Frankly, they rarely handed off properly anyways.

    • Mezxo89

      Make a call on the wifi app from an Android.  It sounds like you are talking through tin cans.  It doesn’t compare to UMA.

  • Jimmy

    No UMA would be a deal breaker for me, I travel to see family in area that have no cell service but they have home wifi so my phone would always work, guess im going to sit this one out, at least til the update comes out.

  • V02brian

    No UMA.  No Purchase.
    Id rather use my old 8320.

  • Nate30

    The real UMA (firmware based) is gone forever. The crappy app based Wifi calling (~ Android) sucks big time. If they are going to add a “software UMA” client, thats a deal -breaker for me. Blackberry is going belly up anyways..

  • Brianb

    No UMA is a deal breaker for me.  I need UMA to get calls in my home.

  • Alex Trillo

    Fail.  I’m now one step closer to leaving T-mobile.

  • 54ashley83

    Funny how everyone blames T-Mobile. . . .you do realize they don’t design the phone right?? Blackberry is the actual maker of the phone so they made that decision not T-Mobile. Wi-Fi is important to a lot of people . . . .. so i’m sure they will do their best to get it out.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny how you think you know everything

  • disaster

  • Johnjcaramanica

    I’m still buying this BlackBerry. Why would UMA be a deal-breaker? The iPhone doesn’t have UMA, never has and never will.

    • Devious_21

      iPhone is on carriers with better coverage. It doesn’t need it. Blackberrys on T-Mobile on the other hand is a HUGE benefit. If you haven’t used it, you wouldn’t know it’s full benefits. 

      Losing UMA is a HUGE deal.

  • Carriemusakwan

    I was sooo excited and ready to go straight to the tmobile store this wednesday and replace my curve with this phone.  Then I learned there will be no wifi calling and since I do not get a signal at my house I am very very sad to say I will not be purchasing it :(

  • DISAPPOINTED

    I was going to get Blackberry Bold 990 until I found out that it will not have wifi calling.  I do not get a signal in my office.  It looks that I wil stay with my Blackberry Curve 8900.

  • Jafo991

    I hate rim for doing this

  • Jafo991

    I hate rim for doing this

  • Jafo991

    I hate rim for doing this

  • Jafo991

    so let me get this right.  I will have to launch an app everytime I want to make a wifi call? anybody? 

    • Sounya78

      Yeah, it would be an app like on the android phones.  And it doesn’t sound as good as UMA either.  AND they haven’t really released it–if they really are even going to release it.

  • Quincydill

    It says at this time guys…i’m sure they will update it. Stop getting your panties in a knot and start reading like they taught you back in kindergarten.

    • StephMiller89123

      Spoken like someone who doesn’t need to replace their phone RIGHT now.  I’ve had the phone since the beginning of the month, and it sucks.  Hardly any service, anywhere.  I’m done with this phone, and don’t care whether they eventually get around to doing what should have been done at the beginning.  This sounds to me like the folks at AT&T are already taking over, putting out products before they are ready for prime time, overcharging for them, and on and on and on. 

  • Nellycandela

    will there be a white one available?

  • Nellycandela

    will there be a white one available?

  • Lidolstarx

    when is white comming out

  • Kan

    No UMA on Blackberry 9900 is a deal breaker. :(

  • Kan

    No UMA on Blackberry 9900 is a deal breaker. :(

  • Basket case

    No UMA + no sale

  • Basket case

    No UMA + no sale

  • I been itching for this phone and went to T-Mobile today.  Not only is it over priced but they wanted me to pay $300 then pay the difference which was another $300 in installments and on top of that, I have to sign a contract.  LOL.  Thats crazy.  So not only do you have to pay an ETF of $200 but on top of that you have to pay the difference of the phone if you cancelled your contract.  Still itching for it, I said “what the heck” i will get it anyways but the phone didnt have wifi calling or mobile hotspot and  the store was giving me different info on pricing  than customer service was.  After all that i figure someting is telling me not to buy it right now.  So i gave up and left the store.

  • GizmoGirl

    Everyone I talk to at T-Mobile (tech support or in-store) says wi-fi calling will be an over the air update released in Q4, some say October…but no one has official date.  I was disappointed too on 8/31 when I went to purchase and couldn’t …I live in a no-service area and depend on UMA.

  • Lildavid713

    to BIG E yeah they dun have the payment plan if u do it..they make u pay FULL PRICE NOW..so its better payin it 400 pretty much cost me almost 400 like 380 ?…it is crazy man…..

  • Lildavid713

    They use to let u make payment plan like 60 bucks for 4 months or wutever..but now they change the rules…which is stupid n said if u wanna do payment plan have to pay FULL PRICE for the phone..which is DUMB…really DUMB..they just tryin to get the money faster and full money….upgrade fee costed 40 bucks!! ridiclous..but worth it b ut still expensive if u upgradin or signin 2 yr contract with them againz…

  • MR. ROMEO

    I AM HOT… NOW I MUST CONTINUE USING MY 9700 CAUSE I GET NO SIGNAL IN MY HOUSE… THIS IS SOME BS… AND I PAID 600 BUCKS FOR THIS DAMN PHONE

  • Scorpioilya2011

    The lack of UMA calling is the reason I”m not buying it, as well as the severe penalty for battery life. Without UMA calls, and a long battery, the blackberry becomes just a severely behind-the-times phone.

  • Ahoy4393

    When does the white version of the 9900 for tmobile come out?