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…………………..

  • http://twitter.com/kentuckyloan Joel Lobb

    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.

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

    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. 

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    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.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      bye

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6L2HCBJPNQGFDHT33CQT43OLI Brett

      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

  • http://twitter.com/BeanTNT Bean

    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.