Back to the Future: You can pre-order the BlackBerry Bold 9900 once again
At the time that this was announced, we had lauded Chen for his flexibility in giving the people what they want. And what they want is apparently not BlackBerry 10, according to the company's own data. Of the 3.4 million handsets BlackBerry sold in the fourth quarter, 2.3 million were BlackBerry 7 OS models.
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 took the fabulous QWERTY found on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and added a 2.8 inch touchscreen with 480 x 640 resolution. A single-core 1.2GHz processor is under the hood with 768MB of RAM inside. The phone has 8GB of native storage, and if needed, a 32GB capacity microSD slot will supplement the memory on the handset. A 5MP snapper takes care of your photographic needs, while the 1230mAh battery powers the device. BlackBerry 7OS is pre-installed.
Priced at $399, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be returning to the living starting on June 18th. If it were our decision, we'd say to wait for the old-school BlackBerry Classic (formerly the BlackBerry Q20) which will have the great physical QWERTY, but with a larger 3.5 inch touchscreen. The "Classic" will be driven by BlackBerry 10.3 OS, and will feature a trackpad and navigation keys, just the way grandpa use to love his BlackBerry. Expected to be launched in November, the BlackBerry Classic should offer outstanding battery life.
source: BlackBerry via BerryReview
1. Japultra (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 May 2014)
Who in their right mind would pay $399 for a 3 year old phone with 3 year old technology?
10. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
Most of my friend would not buy it even @ US$ 99.
9. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
This is the reason why BB will collapse VERY FAST. They don't innovate, they run out of idea, and to shy to admit.
24. lukasound (Posts: 152; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Same can be said about iPhone, and people still buy them like crazy...
Some people are not into technology, something else attracts them to a phone. That's why there will always be people buying Blackberries, iPhones and such.
26. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
If you saw the smartphone sales report from canalyst, idc, etc iphone already peaked. People finally realize it just a hype. It's good, but not deserve that's amount of money.
As for BB, the prestige (hype) owning a bb is also gone... a couple years back. Yeah, that's some crazy people, but BB can't survive selling a US$50 junk for US$400. BB really need to understand they brand is junk
7. eldyagustius (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
it would be considered exactly $100 LOL
37. cubanomx (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)
Its a very good device. I own a Galaxy S4 and a BB9900 for work. The blackberry works very well. I don't have apps for the Blackberry but in terms of email, wireless sync (contacts, calendar, notes, etc) works very good. Message One available for blackberry (for disaster recovery scenarios). It's a good device and the price was about 999 USD in the past so 399 now is fair.
8. Just.Saying (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)
You can get it free on a 24 month contract with BIS and around $11 worth of talk time for $16 a month in my country. With the high cost of data here many will take this package simply because of the unlimited internet via BIS.
12. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
I think JC really need to understand the BB brand value, otherwise they will have another millions BB to write off, and run out of money quickly.
15. express77 (unregistered)
Back to the Past not Future.
16. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 893; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Lol, a friend of mine has a 9900 Bold and with all the issues it has given him, I doubt he'd even accept one for free , he's happier with his low end Samsung Galaxy Star on 4.1.2 JellyBean.
17. tokuzumi (Posts: 519; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
The keyboard on that phone sucks. I had a 9930 on Verizon. Using that phone was painful. Typing was a chore, and my typing was riddled with typos, compared to typing on an on-screen keyboard, with auto-correction (I'm sure with auto-correct off, even I wouldn't have been able to figure out what I was trying to say). Thankfully, my company is phasing out their blackberrys. They are going with either BYOD, iOS, or Android phones. My company provided S4 is so much nicer to work with than my 9930 ever was on its best day.
18. isprobi (Posts: 350; Member since: 30 May 2011)
The best reason I can think of for buying this is the BB7 platform is probably more secure than Android. But I use my phone much more now for video and web browsing than when I owned a BlackBerry so it would be hard to go back to a small screen.
27. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
secure? do we need more secure than less secure?
31. eldyagustius (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
more secure means less usabilities and amount of users because there is none hacker want to invade this operating system :)
34. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
the question is, do you think android not secure enough? HTTPS is quite secure, and android/iOS can also use VPN. Moreover, there were samsung knox in android.
My point is, all the security measurement in android and iOS is on par with BB. That's why android and iOS also got a nod from the US government.
The bb defense that it's more secure is getting old and not right.
19. alumoyo (Posts: 258; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
These people are delusional - a few emails praising and even requesting an old product doesn't mean people will actually fork out their money!
20. Alan01 (Posts: 266; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
You missed the point. A majority of BlackBerry handsets purchased in Q4 were BlackBerry 7 OS models, not BlackBerry 10. This is more than just a few people writing emails. This is about people voting with their wallets.
25. eldyagustius (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
Yeah for sure. But in my opinion, the price is some kind of overpriced for the almost-smartphone like BB9900 :)
28. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
I'm from Indonesia. The country that bought bb the most? The reason that BB 7 OS model is sold a lot in Indonesia because Blackberry DUMPING THIS WHOLE EXPIRED phone in our backyard. Every week there were a blackberry sell. You can get a BRAND NEW bb of OLD MODEL for around US$ 50 - 70. This price range did not compete with other smartphone. BB were luring the FEATURE PHONE user into their phone.
For brand new phone, according to local weekly handphone newspaper, the most sold BB phone were the very cheap BB Curve 9220 (Rp. 1499000 - US$ 130). In each special day (independence day, christmas, mother day, valentine, you-name-it-etc) the price can be discount around 20%-30%.
So, yes, demand for BB OS7 device is high, but not the expensive one. In fact BB official were on drug or something thinking like that. It was the same as in OS 10 series. BB were forced to release the cheap OS 10 series with awfull spec, the BB Jakarta Z3.
I think BB CEO need to wake up and to understand the REAL value of BB brand as of now.
21. gallitoking (Posts: 4704; Member since: 17 May 2011)
The BB Bold 9900 worked very well a few years ago and it should work on today.. most people don't want to have the latest and greatest, Apple is still selling the amazing ip4 great phone years ago and great phone (for some people) today, good job on BB for realising this and make some money.
22. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
But BB didn't load BB10 and cripple its usage.
Twas a joke, relax everyone.
29. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
for someone that expecting 'just work', they won't pay US$399 for 'just work'.
'just work' is valued less than US$100.
32. eldyagustius (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
even the old nokia 3310 is 'just work'
23. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
They could have updated the camera (autofocus), added an FM radio, and updated the battery (which doesn't get me through afternoon at work. Or sell it for $199 unlocked. At $399, it's nearly as expensive as the Q10 online.
30. WahyuWisnu (Posts: 1001; Member since: 29 May 2014)
BB were not samsung. LOL.
They should upgrade the CPU, RAM, storage!!!
and LOWER the price to US$ 100 unlocked.
33. eldyagustius (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
BB OS 6.xx and 7.xx have the best LAG ever! even when my BB still has much internal memory and there isn't much apps, it should be restarted several times.
35. blingzo (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jun 2014)
this BB is the best i've eva used. the form factor and the qwerty keyboard are awesome. I use it for work and never had to complain about it. For my fun, i have the galayx note 3 which is far more interesting when it comes to browsing, music ou apps
38. cubanomx (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)
I know lot of executives who still use BB 9900. Is a very good device (for work). If you want radio, lot of apps, etc forget it, Blackberry is not for you, go for a Iphone or android. But blackberry have a great user experience for work.
36. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Oh boy another failure of a phone from Blackberry from specs 3 years ago. They really do not need to put this up for preorder as nobody will buy it anyway