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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  • Cr@zYUkRaiNiaN

    $300 after rebate…too much!!!!

    • guest

      It’s almost like they’re trying to run people away since this phone is cheaper on contract with Verizon and Sprint. Say what you want about plans.

  • Cr@zYUkRaiNiaN

    $300 after rebate…too much!!!!

  • Cmwunderle1

    No way. Too much.

  • Anonymous

    Wasnt it rumored to be $250 after mail in rebate?

    $300 is a little too rich for my blood.

  • Anonymous

    Wasnt it rumored to be $250 after mail in rebate?

    $300 is a little too rich for my blood.

  • Pikachu

    Its $350  upfront!?!? lulululululululzzzzz

  • Anonymous

    There gonna sell 2 of these and the two people that buy it should be smacked in the head. That price is a joke for a dying phone company. RIP RIM.

  • Jason

    The price should be $250 with $50 rebate . Final price should be $200. With $350 upfront I can buy android 4g device with full price

  • Anonymous

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  • Grahamcracka

    This device doesnt come with UMA am I correct? Will be updated in time after release but still way too much…… RIP RIM, was a pleasure

  • Grahamcracka

    This device doesnt come with UMA am I correct? Will be updated in time after release but still way too much…… RIP RIM, was a pleasure

    • Where does it say no UMA?

      • Ramon

        Dumb question; What is UMA?

        • J-Hop2o6

          UMA= Wifi Calling with Handover
          Wifi Calling (UMA lite)= Wifi Calling w/o Handover

        • J-Hop2o6

          UMA= Wifi Calling with Handover
          Wifi Calling (UMA lite)= Wifi Calling w/o Handover

        • J-Hop2o6

          UMA= Wifi Calling with Handover
          Wifi Calling (UMA lite)= Wifi Calling w/o Handover

      • J-Hop2o6

        Click one of the “Related posts” to find out.

      • J-Hop2o6

        Click one of the “Related posts” to find out.

      • J-Hop2o6

        Click one of the “Related posts” to find out.

    • Where does it say no UMA?

  • Getreal

    For $300 more i can go to Apple and buy an unlocked iphone 4. The technology is over a year old and still can whip this phone’s rear. The iphone 4 camera and the fact there is no contract is worth that in my opinion. RIM and TMO are dreaming pricing this phone here. My guess is that it will be $99 within 60 days as 1) they won’t sell and 2) iPhone 5 is coming.

  • Rfgenerator

    $350 before rebate $300 total, no UMA, crappy camera (at least for close ups), me thinks T-Mobile wants to kill Blackberry sales.  I do believe it is the highest contract price point for the 9900 of any of the carriers selling it.  Verizon $199, Sprint $250,  Yup what a joke.  Been a Blackberry customers for several years, but moving on along now to an Android device.

    • D1Netzwerk

      TMO may think the have only max to a year before the sale to AT&T happens if it gets approval, so they cannot swing another $100 of the $350/$300 sticker price since they do not have 2 years on the 2 year contract?!

    • D1Netzwerk

      TMO may think the have only max to a year before the sale to AT&T happens if it gets approval, so they cannot swing another $100 of the $350/$300 sticker price since they do not have 2 years on the 2 year contract?!

    • D1Netzwerk

      TMO may think the have only max to a year before the sale to AT&T happens if it gets approval, so they cannot swing another $100 of the $350/$300 sticker price since they do not have 2 years on the 2 year contract?!

    • D1Netzwerk

      TMO may think the have only max to a year before the sale to AT&T happens if it gets approval, so they cannot swing another $100 of the $350/$300 sticker price since they do not have 2 years on the 2 year contract?!

  • iHass

    It’s $350 folks. Not $300 or $250 or $200. Ever try wrestling a rebate card from T-Mobile? It’s a JOKE! RIP indeed RIM, T-Mobile just helped sign your death warrant with this ridiculous pricing. 8Gb Memory for $350 vs. $149 for 16Gb Apple iPhone (yes they are down to $149 in some outlets like Sam’s Club). Serious FAIL. I was waiting for this announcement-glad to say my current Blackberry as archaic as it is will be my last. 

  • RAWshadTX

    I had to do a double take when I saw “299 AFTER mail in rebate”. Oh, heeeeellll naaaaaawwww, that doesn’t make any sense. If anybody still buys this shit over an Android device with dual core, more capabilities and bigger screen for cheaper price are dumb as hell.

    But hey, its the best phone for emails I guess.

  • RAWshadTX

    I had to do a double take when I saw “299 AFTER mail in rebate”. Oh, heeeeellll naaaaaawwww, that doesn’t make any sense. If anybody still buys this shit over an Android device with dual core, more capabilities and bigger screen for cheaper price are dumb as hell.

    But hey, its the best phone for emails I guess.

  • Meagan

    Doesn’t surprise me.  When AT&T flips the switch, nobody will have WiFi Calling again.  Enjoy it while its lasts.

    I am glad BB is releasing a new mobile, but really… No WiFi at launch? o_0

  • Meagan

    Doesn’t surprise me.  When AT&T flips the switch, nobody will have WiFi Calling again.  Enjoy it while its lasts.

    I am glad BB is releasing a new mobile, but really… No WiFi at launch? o_0

  • Raul

    Who gives a s#it…who buys blackberries anyways! They r the lamest!

  • Raul

    Who gives a s#it…who buys blackberries anyways! They r the lamest!

  • I sure someone does care, but who and why?

  • I sure someone does care, but who and why?

  • Kana11

    The only ones purchasing this device would be corp accounts, because of BES accessibilities. And even then they might not because of the price.

  • Stonesfan1973

    Just called TMo to complain; Have been a loyal ‘Berry customer for 6 years, but this just sucks!
    $299, after rebate; pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Within 30 days it’ll be $199 without rebates
    Smell the roses TMo; we’re in a RECESSION; give us a break.Anyone know if this one has NFC?

  • Stonesfan1973

    Just called TMo to complain; Have been a loyal ‘Berry customer for 6 years, but this just sucks!
    $299, after rebate; pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Within 30 days it’ll be $199 without rebates
    Smell the roses TMo; we’re in a RECESSION; give us a break.Anyone know if this one has NFC?

    • Jonrodz956

      You called to complain about a phone thats not out yet? Lmao. Nerd

      • Mama Mela

        I’m pretty sure that you’re the one who first paid and cry latter…That shows who’s the Nerd…. Good comment “Stonesfan1973”.

    • Braziga2727

      I hate people like you…”BUT IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR XX YEARS!!!!”, oh shut up, youve also been paying your car off for XX years, does chevy or ford buy you gas or tires or help you fix your car? NO, why is the cellphone industry any different.  Youve also been going to the same restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, movie theatres, etx all your life, and they give you NOTHING.
      If you think within 30 days itll be cheaper, then wait, people who can afford it, will buy it.  The $100 difference to me is negligible for a device ill be keeping for a few months.  If i keep the device for 6 months which is likely the case, the $100 difference will be $0.55 a day, meh. 

      • Anonymous

        LOL flawed examples.  What if I did private financing for my chevy or paid cash?  I would have no ties or obligations to that company.  Boom one time deal.  Of course XX years later I should not expect all kinds of rewards.  

        I frequent resteraunts like IHOP and and BWW which give me coupons and deals.  Movie theaters have rewards programs.  Quick Trip gives me cash off per gallon when I use my shopping card at Price Choppers (supermarket).Furthermore, as a subscriber, Comcast gives me deals all the time which reduce my bill by about 30% or so each time I sign up for one of their deals.  Now I can’t tell you what someone should get as a 5-10 yer long T-Mobile subscriber but don’t you think they deserve SOMETHING that a 1 year individual can’t quite get?

    • Braziga2727

      I hate people like you…”BUT IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR XX YEARS!!!!”, oh shut up, youve also been paying your car off for XX years, does chevy or ford buy you gas or tires or help you fix your car? NO, why is the cellphone industry any different.  Youve also been going to the same restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, movie theatres, etx all your life, and they give you NOTHING.
      If you think within 30 days itll be cheaper, then wait, people who can afford it, will buy it.  The $100 difference to me is negligible for a device ill be keeping for a few months.  If i keep the device for 6 months which is likely the case, the $100 difference will be $0.55 a day, meh. 

    • Braziga2727

      I hate people like you…”BUT IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR XX YEARS!!!!”, oh shut up, youve also been paying your car off for XX years, does chevy or ford buy you gas or tires or help you fix your car? NO, why is the cellphone industry any different.  Youve also been going to the same restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, movie theatres, etx all your life, and they give you NOTHING.
      If you think within 30 days itll be cheaper, then wait, people who can afford it, will buy it.  The $100 difference to me is negligible for a device ill be keeping for a few months.  If i keep the device for 6 months which is likely the case, the $100 difference will be $0.55 a day, meh. 

    • Braziga2727

      I hate people like you…”BUT IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR XX YEARS!!!!”, oh shut up, youve also been paying your car off for XX years, does chevy or ford buy you gas or tires or help you fix your car? NO, why is the cellphone industry any different.  Youve also been going to the same restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, movie theatres, etx all your life, and they give you NOTHING.
      If you think within 30 days itll be cheaper, then wait, people who can afford it, will buy it.  The $100 difference to me is negligible for a device ill be keeping for a few months.  If i keep the device for 6 months which is likely the case, the $100 difference will be $0.55 a day, meh. 

    • Braziga2727

      I hate people like you…”BUT IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR XX YEARS!!!!”, oh shut up, youve also been paying your car off for XX years, does chevy or ford buy you gas or tires or help you fix your car? NO, why is the cellphone industry any different.  Youve also been going to the same restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, movie theatres, etx all your life, and they give you NOTHING.
      If you think within 30 days itll be cheaper, then wait, people who can afford it, will buy it.  The $100 difference to me is negligible for a device ill be keeping for a few months.  If i keep the device for 6 months which is likely the case, the $100 difference will be $0.55 a day, meh. 

    • Braziga2727

      I hate people like you…”BUT IVE BEEN A LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR XX YEARS!!!!”, oh shut up, youve also been paying your car off for XX years, does chevy or ford buy you gas or tires or help you fix your car? NO, why is the cellphone industry any different.  Youve also been going to the same restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, movie theatres, etx all your life, and they give you NOTHING.
      If you think within 30 days itll be cheaper, then wait, people who can afford it, will buy it.  The $100 difference to me is negligible for a device ill be keeping for a few months.  If i keep the device for 6 months which is likely the case, the $100 difference will be $0.55 a day, meh. 

    • Jimkenobi

      NFC is on board. Not sure if uma is there.

  • Stonesfan1973

    Just called TMo to complain; Have been a loyal ‘Berry customer for 6 years, but this just sucks!
    $299, after rebate; pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
    Within 30 days it’ll be $199 without rebates
    Smell the roses TMo; we’re in a RECESSION; give us a break.Anyone know if this one has NFC?

  • Anonymous

    Dumb question but it’s $299 with no contact right? They can’t possibly think people will pay that much on contact.

    • Stonesfan1973

      $299, AFTER $50 rebate & a NEW 2 year contract

    • Stonesfan1973

      $299, AFTER $50 rebate & a NEW 2 year contract

    • Silva Edgar23

      no thats with contract without contract probably gonna run $ 499.

  • Anonymous

    That’s definitely expensive for a subsidized price. I was thinking about going with the Blackberry if a T-Mobile version doesn’t get released(or at least a day one unlocked version). For a full price of 200 more it’s almost more enticing to do that an not be locked in for another 2 years.

  • Anonymous

    That’s definitely expensive for a subsidized price. I was thinking about going with the Blackberry if a T-Mobile version doesn’t get released(or at least a day one unlocked version). For a full price of 200 more it’s almost more enticing to do that an not be locked in for another 2 years.

    • derek 21

      it is when you have to pay 549.99 without being locked in.

      • derek 21

        as many people that complain about a 200  price point for upgrade i can;t imagine many that will have that upfront to get the phone they been waiting so “long” for. 

  • Seems like Tmo is wanting to keep the elite. Like owning a Maybach. I predict prices will drop immediately when all the sales are mediocre.

    • Anonymous

      I guess raping a few customers is better than none.

    • Anonymous

      I guess raping a few customers is better than none.

  • Bkholy

    Just called to order the phone for my business, they said the pre-sale is off for business customers. What a bunch of bologne!

    • LC

      I think you might have been speaking with someone who wasn’t quiteup to speed. Id go into a store where they can work directly with the Small Business department.

  • Nate30

    it looks soo 2005.. its like throwing money away. No UMA = dealbreaker. The software-based WiFi calling they will push OTA is crap. I wonder if RIM will survive until the next QNX based OS is out in 2012.

  • IT Guy

    Wow, $300 for a phone that hasn’t changed a whole lot since the bb8900 I got in ’09 and lacks UMA. Don’t think I’ll jump on that any time soon!

    BB still makes nice devices with great phone service, email handling, and battery life. For a purely business device, I’d still take one of them over an Andorid with all it’s “toys”. That being said, this is way overpriced.

  • scuzzbag87

    DOA

  • Ramon

    WOW! I thought that was actually a typo… WOW… $300; actually $350 up front since that price includes the $50 Mail in rebate….
    Huh??? Seriously???
    I’m sorry yall, I’m must a little lost for words.
    A phone that hasn’t changed a hell of a lot from a company that is falling behind is selling a phone for $350… I’ve got to be missing something. 

    • Anonymous

      I think the subsidies are controlled by tmobile. The phone is sold for less on other carriers.

    • Anonymous

      I think the subsidies are controlled by tmobile. The phone is sold for less on other carriers.

    • Anonymous

      I think the subsidies are controlled by tmobile. The phone is sold for less on other carriers.

    • Anonymous

      I think the subsidies are controlled by tmobile. The phone is sold for less on other carriers.

    • Anonymous

      I think the subsidies are controlled by tmobile. The phone is sold for less on other carriers.

  • Hoppysport

    $350 and an insulting wait for a $50 rebate from a walking dead carrier? Is RIM’s management now
    running T-Mobile? Seems so since this is truly garbled thinking.
    Other carriers are selling the 9900 for $250.

    This bizarre pricing is even more strange considering the corrupt,
    impending AT&T buyout, which could very well render this phone and
    bands useless. If this phone is priced at $499 off contract, I’m
    in….otherwise I’m waiting. My 9700 is good enough for a few more
    months. 

    I am a Blackberry guy because of their great physical keyboards.  I can type around 80 words per minute, and just can’t do the same on glass.  I send many long e-mails and texts per day.  I also need Word Substitution, formally known as AutoText.  I don’t care about games and zillions of apps.  I also care about phone and speakerphone quality.

    I tried the Dell Venue Pro for a week, but found it lacking.  Then I tried the G2 with its landscape keyboard.  Nice hardware, but those landscape keyboards are just too wide for fast typing.  If HTC, Motorola, or Samsung made a portrait phone with a great keyboard and their version of AutoText, I’d be looking at T-Mobile and RIM in my rearview mirror.  $350 for this phone on a walking dead ?  No way!  T-Mobile, this is a massive fail.  Shame on you.

  • Hoppysport

    $350 and an insulting wait for a $50 rebate from a walking dead carrier? Is RIM’s management now
    running T-Mobile? Seems so since this is truly garbled thinking.
    Other carriers are selling the 9900 for $250.

    This bizarre pricing is even more strange considering the corrupt,
    impending AT&T buyout, which could very well render this phone and
    bands useless. If this phone is priced at $499 off contract, I’m
    in….otherwise I’m waiting. My 9700 is good enough for a few more
    months. 

    I am a Blackberry guy because of their great physical keyboards.  I can type around 80 words per minute, and just can’t do the same on glass.  I send many long e-mails and texts per day.  I also need Word Substitution, formally known as AutoText.  I don’t care about games and zillions of apps.  I also care about phone and speakerphone quality.

    I tried the Dell Venue Pro for a week, but found it lacking.  Then I tried the G2 with its landscape keyboard.  Nice hardware, but those landscape keyboards are just too wide for fast typing.  If HTC, Motorola, or Samsung made a portrait phone with a great keyboard and their version of AutoText, I’d be looking at T-Mobile and RIM in my rearview mirror.  $350 for this phone on a walking dead ?  No way!  T-Mobile, this is a massive fail.  Shame on you.

    • Ohgeez10

      Great post!

      I’m and Android (Samsung Galaxy S4) and BB9780 owner. My BB is my daily user and my S4 for media fun stuff.

      I really, really want the 9900 but at that price point….no initial UMA (which I use all the time)…and the possibility that this phone might be useless after the merger…. is making it hard for me to pull the trigger.

      I work for TMO and I hate REBATES. So many of my customers never receive theirs so when purchasing this phone, plan on the $350+tax. That’s a nice chunk of change phone considering all the other offerings at $199+tax.

    • Ohgeez10

      Great post!

      I’m and Android (Samsung Galaxy S4) and BB9780 owner. My BB is my daily user and my S4 for media fun stuff.

      I really, really want the 9900 but at that price point….no initial UMA (which I use all the time)…and the possibility that this phone might be useless after the merger…. is making it hard for me to pull the trigger.

      I work for TMO and I hate REBATES. So many of my customers never receive theirs so when purchasing this phone, plan on the $350+tax. That’s a nice chunk of change phone considering all the other offerings at $199+tax.

  • Hoppysport

    $350 and an insulting wait for a $50 rebate from a walking dead carrier? Is RIM’s management now
    running T-Mobile? Seems so since this is truly garbled thinking.
    Other carriers are selling the 9900 for $250.

    This bizarre pricing is even more strange considering the corrupt,
    impending AT&T buyout, which could very well render this phone and
    bands useless. If this phone is priced at $499 off contract, I’m
    in….otherwise I’m waiting. My 9700 is good enough for a few more
    months. 

    I am a Blackberry guy because of their great physical keyboards.  I can type around 80 words per minute, and just can’t do the same on glass.  I send many long e-mails and texts per day.  I also need Word Substitution, formally known as AutoText.  I don’t care about games and zillions of apps.  I also care about phone and speakerphone quality.

    I tried the Dell Venue Pro for a week, but found it lacking.  Then I tried the G2 with its landscape keyboard.  Nice hardware, but those landscape keyboards are just too wide for fast typing.  If HTC, Motorola, or Samsung made a portrait phone with a great keyboard and their version of AutoText, I’d be looking at T-Mobile and RIM in my rearview mirror.  $350 for this phone on a walking dead ?  No way!  T-Mobile, this is a massive fail.  Shame on you.

  • Crey23

    Finally  something “new” from BB,,,it;s been too long.  But let’s be honest here….$300 on contract is ridiculous.  I don’t think that this BB should cost more than say an HTC Sensation on the same contract?

    Now, the other thing to consider is that all the upcoming phones will have a higher entry price, given the huge drop in service cost.  If so, it’ may not be such a bad thing in the long run……

    Yet I still can’t get over the price tag…..especially for me you know, I have been a customer for over 9 years ;)

  • Crey23

    Finally  something “new” from BB,,,it;s been too long.  But let’s be honest here….$300 on contract is ridiculous.  I don’t think that this BB should cost more than say an HTC Sensation on the same contract?

    Now, the other thing to consider is that all the upcoming phones will have a higher entry price, given the huge drop in service cost.  If so, it’ may not be such a bad thing in the long run……

    Yet I still can’t get over the price tag…..especially for me you know, I have been a customer for over 9 years ;)

  • Crey23

    Finally  something “new” from BB,,,it;s been too long.  But let’s be honest here….$300 on contract is ridiculous.  I don’t think that this BB should cost more than say an HTC Sensation on the same contract?

    Now, the other thing to consider is that all the upcoming phones will have a higher entry price, given the huge drop in service cost.  If so, it’ may not be such a bad thing in the long run……

    Yet I still can’t get over the price tag…..especially for me you know, I have been a customer for over 9 years ;)

  • Eric Paxton

    Depending on the OS and the back battery door build, I may go back to BB. I miss the keyboard. I miss the ear/hand comfort. I never needed an OS that supports games or aps… just something stable, comfortable and manages my professional/personal life. Maybe this new OS will be the answer to flawed 6??

  • Eric Paxton

    Depending on the OS and the back battery door build, I may go back to BB. I miss the keyboard. I miss the ear/hand comfort. I never needed an OS that supports games or aps… just something stable, comfortable and manages my professional/personal life. Maybe this new OS will be the answer to flawed 6??

  • Eric Paxton

    Depending on the OS and the back battery door build, I may go back to BB. I miss the keyboard. I miss the ear/hand comfort. I never needed an OS that supports games or aps… just something stable, comfortable and manages my professional/personal life. Maybe this new OS will be the answer to flawed 6??

    • Brian67

      It will have no UMA though (wifi voice)

  • Anonymous

    Tmobile is all about value plans. The new bb will probably cost 200-250 down and 15/mo on a value plan. Why pick classic over value?

    • Anonymous

      From what I hear, on Value it will cost $300 down, $15 a month for a total of $600.

      On Classic, $300 after $50 rebate. $350 and upgrade fee of $18 for a grand total of $368 + taxes for existing BB users, I’m shocked myself. 

      I was really thinking of going back to BB(love qwerty boards)  but I really like my media capabilities with my G2X (1080 HD, HDMI Mirror to my TV for games and web browsing, Free GPS, Hotspot ect.) I would be going backwards in technology and being rapped by RIM at the same time. I love BB email but Google’s gmail does the same thing for me (push) and it looks way better doing it. For those of you who can’t resist, I can’t blame you its a beautiful piece of hardware, just not for me anymore. If it drops to $99 I may pick one up though.

    • derek 21

      no it will cost what the upgrade price will be for the down payment buddy which from that press release looks to be 299.99

  • JM

    The price is not going to work in their favor. At a price at least $100 MORE than a Sensation, G2x, and any other high end phone that is available on that network and requiring a different data plan that is at least $10/mo more expensive just to connect to work email this phone doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

  • JM

    The price is not going to work in their favor. At a price at least $100 MORE than a Sensation, G2x, and any other high end phone that is available on that network and requiring a different data plan that is at least $10/mo more expensive just to connect to work email this phone doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

  • StrongHand

    Let me make it easy for all of us. This price is not funny – its a rip-off. I wish they never went the way of touch screens with the bold and nfc (nfc, will likely fail anyway) if the result was a ridiculous price. The iphone toy is looking more attractive at that price point when the icloud service comes out, bb push email will be like bbm, an increasingly irrelevant feature. Its one thing to become technologically obsolete, another to price yourself out of existence. Please shop around:

    http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/#fbid=OQunm_rRgI_

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewShopIndex

    http://shop.sprint.com/index.html?INTNAV=ATG:HE:Shop

    Does anyone know who really is to blame on this pricing decision? TMO, RIM, or both?

  • 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

  • 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?

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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