T-Mobile To Launch The Blackberry Bold 9900 On August 31st, Officially

Surprise! T-Mobile sent out a midnight press release announcing the availability of the Blackberry Bold 9900 arriving August 31st for $299.99 after a $50 mail in rebate. Business customers can take advantage of some early opportunities by picking up a Blackberry Bold 9900 in an exclusive pre-sale beginning today, August 17th. Featuring a 1.2GHz processor, 4G HSPA+ power and running Blackberry 7 operating system the Bold 9900 is ready to deliver “the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.” Blackberry arguably still handles email better than anyone else but is that enough anymore, can Blackberry return to their former glory days with the Bold 9900? Time will tell but we can say that a $299.99 starting price point isn’t going to help things. Thoughts?

 

Press Release:

T-Mobile Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9900, 

Its First 4G BlackBerry Smartphone

Featuring the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, the smartphone will be T-Mobile’s fastest BlackBerry to date, leveraging a 1.2 GHz processor and America’s Largest 4G Network

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Aug. 17, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming nationwide availability of the first 4G BlackBerry® smartphone to run on America’s Largest 4G Network  the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900. Available today in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers and launching nationwide on Aug. 31, the 4G-capable BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever (at only 10.5mm) and the first to offer the perfect union of a high-performance keyboard and brilliant touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. Featuring a range of powerful hardware enhancements including a 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics™ technology 24-bit high-resolution graphics and advanced sensors, the new smartphone is designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.

“T-Mobile is excited to add a BlackBerry smartphone to T-Mobile’s best 4G product lineup ever,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, we are offering our socially-active and business-minded customers a powerful device with a unique proposition — the pairing of a nationwide 4G network with the mobile communications efficiency that has become synonymous with BlackBerry smartphones.”

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid Web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry. Additional enhancements to this next-generation BlackBerry browser have also optimized zooming and panning for smoother Web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

“We continue to deliver innovative products for our customers, and we’re excited to offer our first 4G BlackBerry smartphone,” said Femi Lakeru, vice president of business sales, T-Mobile USA. “Since T-Mobile offers 4G speeds in more places than any other wireless broadband network in the U.S., CIOs can trust that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will give their employees the ultimate combination of speed, productivity and security.”

T-Mobile’s high-speed 4G network continues to expand and is now available in more than 190 markets, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide*. With the addition of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, T-Mobile now offers a wide variety of 4G devices including smartphones, tablets, laptop sticks, a netbook and a mobile hotspot. Running on America’s Largest 4G Network, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 helps make life truly mobile — all at 4G speeds. Whether accessing email, sending an invoice, getting directions or uploading photos, T-Mobile customers stay connected and informed virtually anywhere life takes them.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone continues the tradition of delivering a leading mobile communications experience with a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and social apps to keep users connected and productive throughout the day. Recent enhancements include the newest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), and an updated Social Feeds (2.0) app. The new Facebook® for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that make it easier for users to connect with their Facebook friends in real time.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first device to come preloaded with T-Mobile’s newMobileLife® Family Organizer application. Powered by Cozi, MobileLife Family Organizer makes managing families’ busy schedules easier with centralized calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists, and family journals that allow family members to share updates with each other on the go. Calendar reminders can be sent by text or email allowing customers to avoid missing their kids’ soccer practice or an important shared appointment. More information about MobileLife Family Organizer can be found at http://www.t-mobile.com/calendar.

Availability

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, Aug. 17. The smartphone is expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores and at select dealers and national retailers nationwide starting Aug. 31. For more information about T-Mobile products and services, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

T-Mobile’s 4G network has expanded to additional markets, including Atlantic City, N.J., and Florence, Ala. A complete list of all the markets where T-Mobile’s 4G network is live can be found at http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/4g-fact-sheet.

For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

*T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere

About T-Mobile USA

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2011, approximately 128 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

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  • Youngt82

    For some reason Blackberrys has always been expensive phones. No matter the carrier smh i guess they think only business rich people use them :( that’s why I never bought one flat out

  • Youngt82

    For some reason Blackberrys has always been expensive phones. No matter the carrier smh i guess they think only business rich people use them :( that’s why I never bought one flat out

  • Youngt82

    For some reason Blackberrys has always been expensive phones. No matter the carrier smh i guess they think only business rich people use them :( that’s why I never bought one flat out

  • Youngt82

    For some reason Blackberrys has always been expensive phones. No matter the carrier smh i guess they think only business rich people use them :( that’s why I never bought one flat out

  • Youngt82

    For some reason Blackberrys has always been expensive phones. No matter the carrier smh i guess they think only business rich people use them :( that’s why I never bought one flat out

  • brian

    T-mobile is going straight lose blackberry customers now. ATT here i come!

    • Hoppysport

      Brian, why go to AT&T? They are the same monthly price as Verizon, which gives much better coverage everywhere. I was originally with Voicestream, then was folded into TM. I live and work in Manhattan and also travel to many US cities and to Europe. TM is perfect for me. Plus the unlimited pricing is terrific. On contract I pay $79 a month for loyalty unlimited. They claim that they will give me a $5 credit when I renew my contract.

      Sprint is at least $110 a month for my plan. AT&T is $105. Verizon is $120. All of those carriers dwarf my monthly bill. I’m not going to pay that. I had an iPhone once and stopped using most apps after the novelty wore off. Plus the call quallity and dropped calls were embarrassing. I can’t type efficiently on glass so forget Android and WP7 and iOS.

      With the upcoming corrupt merger, we all have decisions to make. What the Justice Department and the FCC should do is grandfather every TMO subscriber before January 1st, 2012. When the TMO customer upgrades to an AT&T phone, they get the full upgrade price. Additionally, allow former TMO customers to maintain their same pricing for 4 years after the merger.

      I would love to hear your thoughts on that. Of course it will never happen because of the corrupt DOJ, scumbag lobbyists, and of course, the kings and queens of special interests and kickbacks, our own FCC.

    • Jswagg

      u might as well stick with what u have bcuz T-mo will be At&T..besides AT&T isn’t getting this 9900 until Oct./Nov,

    • Jswagg

      u might as well stick with what u have bcuz T-mo will be At&T..besides AT&T isn’t getting this 9900 until Oct./Nov,

  • brian

    T-mobile is going straight lose blackberry customers now. ATT here i come!

  • brian

    T-mobile is going straight lose blackberry customers now. ATT here i come!

  • brian

    T-mobile is going straight lose blackberry customers now. ATT here i come!

  • Anonymous

    Yay! i hope this boots faster than every other black berry!  those things take forreverrrrrr to boot.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! i hope this boots faster than every other black berry!  those things take forreverrrrrr to boot.

  • guest

    Dang 350 on contract that’s a bit steep I wonder what the full price will be for this I really like it

  • Anonymous

    My 9900 will be here on Friday. I got it for 249.99. For those trying, you need to call your local store and have the local business sales rep call you back. My rep called me this morning, placed the order and also waived the activation and overnight shipping costs. Real nice guy. 249 was easier to swallow too. Can’t wait!

    • Mike Alicev

      i tried calling a store and they had no idea what i was talking about when i said can i speak to the local business sales rep.  and when i call 611 they tell me that its not for sale unless its for a business account….can you elaborate more?

    • Mike Alicev

      i tried calling a store and they had no idea what i was talking about when i said can i speak to the local business sales rep.  and when i call 611 they tell me that its not for sale unless its for a business account….can you elaborate more?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T76DJGVRV7MTIKFQRLQ27CJOFU KristelPippi

      I asked at a store last night but they said they just got their one display phone delivered earlier that day and let me try it out, but they had no pricing or anything yet :/
      I saw pricing that said $299 plus a $50 MIR, then others said $249 plus $50 MIR… I still feel like I’ll rush out on my lunch break next Wednesday to get it at $249 with or without rebate, then I’ll watch the price drop in a month!

  • Anonymous

    they should put the usual $200 with contract and im sure it’ll sell.

  • Anonymous

    they should put the usual $200 with contract and im sure it’ll sell.

  • Kevinrguinn

    They must be crazy thinking they can sell it for that much :O

  • Anonymous

    Guys wait a bit.

    T-Mobile is artificially inflating the 2 year contract price until both NFC and UMA support are ready to discourage use.  They will still make it available to keep up with the other carriers but diehard fans will pay dearly to be an early adopter.

    But make no mistake about it.  RIM is charging a dear penny to each carrier for this device.  The carriers do choose how much to subsidize but obviously since they’re all charging $200 plus for this device it has to be costing them a pretty penny. 

  • Tortionist

    This is supposed to be a pretty sweet BB, with BB7 and liquid graphics, but no UMA and a rediculous price? I’d buy it for 350$ off contract or 200$ on contract, but anything more is unrealistic. I’m still going to check it out when it gets in the store, but the price will have to seriously drop for me to buy it. I guess i’ll wait for the Hercules or Nexus Prime.

    • derek 21

      your unrealistic you can’t even get a bold 9780 for less then 400 off contract, come on guys n your talking about waiting for a phone that’s probably going to be close to this price tag, i’m not on here to bash people but d*** where do these statements come from.

  • Derrick227

    i dont know why tmo are still releasing phones…..they are about to get buried within the next year or so….glad my contract ends next month

    • D1 Bonn

      Really, think again. You might be in this blog because you liked the network, the price and the service. If not – why are you here? If you want an AT&T contract and you are glad your TMO contract is over next month – wow. Now is the time to get another TMO contract and grandfather it in. If the deal falls through you still have a TMO contract. If the AT&T buys TMO you will have a better contract on AT&T.

      • Derrick227

        wtf you talking about??…..don’t get me wrong, i love tmobile benn with tmo since 07….yeah but when that GF contract expires on AT&T’s territory, then the phone won’t be usable with at&t, then you’re gonna have to upgrade to one of their phones and be stuck with them…..either way, i’m leaving and i’m not gonna extend my contract

    • D1 Bonn

      Really, think again. You might be in this blog because you liked the network, the price and the service. If not – why are you here? If you want an AT&T contract and you are glad your TMO contract is over next month – wow. Now is the time to get another TMO contract and grandfather it in. If the deal falls through you still have a TMO contract. If the AT&T buys TMO you will have a better contract on AT&T.

  • Jswagg

    IT SAYS THAT IT WILL NOT SUPPORT UMA WHEN RELEASED BUT WILL MORE THEN LIKELY GET LATER THROUGH A OTA UPDATE “Canadian carrier Rogers indicates the UMA feature will “not be available at launch — enabled via software update at future timeframe

    • Brianb

      UMA is actually HARDWARE.  They will try to emulate something LIKE IT in software in the future.  Trust me–it won’t be as good.

      • n900mixalot

        UMA is hardware? It’s WiFi calling, how is that hardware?

    • Brianb

      UMA is actually HARDWARE.  They will try to emulate something LIKE IT in software in the future.  Trust me–it won’t be as good.

  • Dominic

    My thoughts on the price tag.  I believe the reason why they don’t subsidize the price phone as much as high end Android phones is for one reason, because they won’t make the money back on Blackberry phones as they would any other smart phone.  Blackberry compresses the data and most users stay under 200MB per month, which means they can go with the $10 data plan.  You have to really try to keep an Android phone under 200MB, which means that most will pay twice as much for the $20 2GB data plan.  They would make $240 more, during a 2 year contract, from an Android phone user than a Blackberry user.  They subsidize the phones to make back that money and they just don’t make as much money back on a Blackberry phone.

    • derek 21

      smart comment, from a seemingly intelligent person if only you could turn that statement into a way for the ” loyal customers” to understand how subsidy works and how companies have to use that to make a profit 

    • Pikachu

      I’ve mentioned before, even with a better cpu and capable radio, the data speed is still limited by the output of bb data compression servers. The main reason BB can “do an un 200mb plan” is because youtube is nearly impossible, theres only like 7-10 apps that youll maybe find useful, and it doesnt sync non stop with anything other than your email servers. Android phones use around 130mb a month just to BE an android phone on the network, ie (widget updates) (social network updates) (all account syncs) (app updates) that all happens in the backround PLUS your usage. Any time I setup a customer on the 200mb webplan. I turn off backround data for them, and switch all accounts to manual sync. 

      • Pikachu

        HOWEVER, that liquid graphics and the way it just allows you to move around is very sexy and  I may consider using that as my daily driver because I most certainly miss the battery life

  • http://tmonews.com David

    First stop using caps lock…it’s irritating. Second of all, the price IS set in stone. Read the press release.

  • Pikachu

    Lets all be honest here too, if you’re a sales rep for TMO please let me know if you agree. This is the first phone other than the wildfire S that has launched since the value plans came out that actually has a strong following. I feel the reason for the extra $50 more than usual is to force US to sell this on a value plan, since there are no MIR on value plan, theyll be paying the full price. Subsidization is USUALLY 50%. So the phone is probably going to cost NACP $549.99. 

    If you’ve got a value plan, this phone will cost $299.99 + tax on the retail price (lets just say it’s $549.99) the POS cost for this device will be in NY $343.98.

    Lastly, they WANT to inflate FULL DEVICE COST, so they can put it on their books that they are selling phones for full price to pad their numbers, to in theory, hide the damage the merger has been doing TO THE ACTUAL NUMBERS.
    food for thought.

  • Karl

    I’m new here so please forgive my ignorance but…do you think there’s any chance that the iPhone will come to T-Mobile this Fall 2011?

    • Anonymous

      N00b

    • Anonymous

      N00b

    • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

      No

    • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

      No

    • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

      No

    • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Tewn Ah

      No

  • Anonymous

    N00b

  • Anonymous

    N00b

  • Anonymous

    N00b

  • Brianb

    It doesn’t have UMA (wifi calling)–not worth the money. Won’t even upgrade from 9780.

    • Jamison

      It will be getting wifi calling in an update after it’s released. The difference between that and uma is it won’t have the handover from wifi to gsm or vise versa meaning you have to turn off the wifi calling to reconnect to the network. Not a big deal if you ask me for a great piece of hardware/software.

      • Karen_k

        UMA is hardware based.  They are going to try a skype type version in software but it won’t allow you to maintain a call from tower to access point–it will drop the call.

        It’s a BAD solution to do it in software.  It’s NOT real UMA.

      • Karen_k

        UMA is hardware based.  They are going to try a skype type version in software but it won’t allow you to maintain a call from tower to access point–it will drop the call.

        It’s a BAD solution to do it in software.  It’s NOT real UMA.

      • Karen_k

        UMA is hardware based.  They are going to try a skype type version in software but it won’t allow you to maintain a call from tower to access point–it will drop the call.

        It’s a BAD solution to do it in software.  It’s NOT real UMA.

    • Jamison

      It will be getting wifi calling in an update after it’s released. The difference between that and uma is it won’t have the handover from wifi to gsm or vise versa meaning you have to turn off the wifi calling to reconnect to the network. Not a big deal if you ask me for a great piece of hardware/software.

  • Magenta

    Can someone explain to me how Sprint and Verizion are both selling the 9930′s for $200 and $250, yet T-Mobile decides that a $350 price point is the way to go. Is it me or is T-Mobile giving up and trying to lose customers on purpose to make it look like they need to merger or else they won’t survive