BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 heading to Sprint later this year
Besides coming to Sprint, we know that the BlackBerry Bold 9930 will also be available from Verizon, thanks to a misplaced video on Verizon's site. And we recently reported that T-Mobile plans on launching the GSM version of the phone, the BlackBerry Bold 9900, on August 31st for a price of $299.99 after a $50 rebate and a signed 2-year pact. This is the model that RIM is really counting on to not only entice 'Berry fans, but also get those who left for the greener pastures of iOS and Android to return to the fold. Built with the original BlackBerry Bold 9000 in mind, the thinnest BlackBerry model also has the widest QWERTY keyboard available on a BlackBerry. The combination of the the new OS, 40% faster browser and the touchscreen capabilities could make this a big seller for the carriers that will be offering this model. For a complete list of specs for the BlackBerry Bold 9930, click here.
The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is the CDMA version of RIM's all touchscreen handset. It will be the first all touchscreen 'Berry offered by Sprint, and it offers the largest screen found on a 'Berry at 3.7 inches. RIM's previous attempt at a totally touchscreen phone ended with mixed results. The BlackBerry Storm 9530, launched by Verizon, offered the clicking SurePress system which was not everyone's cup of tea. Released with buggy software and no Wi-Fi, it was an unsatisfying attempt by the Canadian manufacturer to compete with the Apple iPhone. Now battling the iPhone along with Android, the BlackBerry Torch 9850 is a much more refined attempt than the Storm was to compete in this arena. You can find a complete list of specs for the device here.
Will these two new BlackBerry devices help RIM reverse their fortunes, and make a dent in the juggernauts known as the Apple iPhone and Android? The answer to those questions lie in the future, but what we know now is that Sprint will be one of the battlegrounds where the action will take place.
1. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)
By not offering the 9850 to verizon I really do think blackberry dropped the ball on this one
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5776; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
And by not offering the Torch slider edition (9810/9830 in CDMA) on VZW or Sprint, I think RIM further dropped the ball. It is looking like same-old, same-old at RIM.
I wonder how many former 'Berry owners will bail to iOS and Android in the 4Q2011 period? Nokia and RIM seem to be doing a bang-up job of contributing to the market share growth of Android and iOS.
3. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Agree totally D-X-D (How do you like your EVO by the way?) and @paulyyd. Do not think Blackberry can afford to be picky, mainly due to how long they waited on this. They needed all four device types (I am counting the less hyped but very critical Curve as well) on as many carriers as they can get them on. Considering how strong the Blackberry name still is, they probably could have had all four, or at least the top three carriers on board if they pushed. How many sales will they lose? Already missed half the Summer season.
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5776; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
"How do you like your EVO by the way?"
My only complaint is the spotty WiMax network. But since VZW's LTE has problems with in-building coverage, for me, WiMax and LTE are basically not differentiators. The 3D capability is a great conversation starter.... ;-)
4. vzwbb21 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
verizon never announced anything yet about the new phones. Waiting...
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5776; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Maybe there hasn't been a 'Berry announcement from VZW because VZW got burned the last time around and would rather focus on growing their subscriber base with Android and iOS?
8. vzwbb21 (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Jun 2010)
well it's stupid if they don't cuz there are a lot of users still on vzw that use BB. If they don't release the new devices. im going to ATT as well as a lot of other BB users
5. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)
I see Sprint and Blackberry have a better relationship then VZW
i just hope those phones would come down to the preapaid level and be offered by Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile
9. Sero4Life (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Both phones will be released on (or around) August 21st, 2011.
I called Sprint's Employee # (the old SERO support #, 888-876-8381) this evening, and a customer rep stated that both phones are on the internal "watch list" for delivery on August 21st. The rep had to search for about 5-7mins, but he was able to locate the information with some digging.
This date has been communicated before on PA.com and other sites. Let us check back in a few weeks and see what becomes of this tentative date. Looking forward to activating my new Bold Touch on the Sprint network!!!!
12. TylerBD (unregistered)
If pricing is honestly that expensive, BlackBerry has definitely dropped the ball on this one. I'm a BB fan so it won't stop me, but no one is gonna switch back from their iPhone to try out BB again if it's gonna cost them an arm and a leg. No phones should be over $200 these days. Especially $300....AFTER rebate. That's insane! If you really want a comeback you price this at $199.99.
13. rj440 (unregistered)
What happened to the 8/21/11 release date on the "roadmap" that was posted a few days ago???
14. ngo2dd (Posts: 781; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)
RIM drop the ball making it 250 dollar. Only the Verizon LTE phone are that expensive. Who in there right mind at sprint will paid 250 dollar for a that phone when the Photon and Evo 3D is only 200? The hero 4g would only be like a 100 dollar and it has the same spec. Bad move RIM
15. asears08 (Posts: 24; Member since: 16 Jun 2009)
The phone will be $199.
Im just hoping that it still comes out on the rumored date of Aug 21st. If it is out any later than that it is going to get ignored. Especially if Sprint gets the iPhone.
16. geoffrey (unregistered)
thank you rim for still producing great hardware with virus or glitchy buggs humhum driod and i will always be a loyal supporter under sprint