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Late to the party, AT&T to launch BlackBerry Bold 9900 on November 6th

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Late to the party, AT&T to launch BlackBerry Bold 9900 on November 6th
Whatever happened to tradition? After all, it was AT&T that helped RIM step up and become a more relevant smartphone manufacturer with the launch of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 in 2008. The shape and size of the device had many becoming fans at first touch. And of course, the physical QWERTY on that phone is one of the best ever to be melded onto a handset. We can still remember the ads AT&T was running proclaiming it the fastest 'Berry ever with a 624MHz processor under the hood (compared to the single-core 1.2GHz processor in the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930).

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is "Coming Soon!" to AT&T

Well, times have changed and today the BlackBerry Bold 9900 combines the shape and size of the BlackBerry Bold 9000 with a 2.8 inch touchscreen, and keeps (a little wider version of) the QWERTY keyboard . Had RIM had the foresight to release the BlackBerry Bold 9000 with a touchscreen, who knows, things might be different today.

T-Mobile has already launched its variant of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for $299.99 with a signed 2-year contract, while the CDMA version, the BlackBerry Bold 9930, is already available for Verizon and Sprint customers at contract prices of $249.99 and $199.99 respectively. All three had the phone ready to go back in August, which begs the question, where is the AT&T model of the phone? Well, the good news is that a tweet from AT&TValues says that the handset is "Coming Soon!". According to BlackBerryOS, speculation is centering on a November 6th release of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 for AT&T. No pricing information is known at the moment. For AT&T it is a case of better late than never.

Anyone on AT&T still rocking the BlackBerry Bold 9000 and looking to upgrade with the new model?

source: BlackBerryOS




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posted on 22 Oct 2011, 21:23 3

1. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)


Why would they even bother at this stage when BBX news are flying left and right? BB7 and all the devices that use it will be obsolete very soon...

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 23:27 4

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5609; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


What a difference a few years make. RIM is a case study of the perils of resting on your laurels....

@toaster - BBX units won't be shipping until after the XMAS season for 2011 is done and gone with. Meanwhile, the iPhone 4S and Android offerings from HTC, Moto and Sammy (there are others, but these are the major players) are sucking the oxygen out of the room for everyone else, RIM included. It is just a matter of how much market share RIM bleeds, not whether.

posted on 22 Oct 2011, 23:52 4

3. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This, in my opinion, is the best looking and best feeling BlackBerry I have ever seen and played with. If Blackberry didn't suck so bad, I would have gotten this. Poor poor RIM...

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 01:20 2

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5609; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


RIM needed to release the 9900/9930 in 2009 as their follow-on to the 9000. But they didn't and the rest is history.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 03:02 1

5. JackJackyDude (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


True.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 07:49

6. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


If Blackberry wanted to sell more phones they must be using Android OS.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 10:10 1

7. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


...and Nokia too, don't you think ? And Samsung should give up with bada...and Apple with this s**t iOS !

We understand you. Android is the only way. Everybody with Google let's go !

Don't you like choice ?

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 11:26 2

9. Commentator (Posts: 2340; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or you actually think this.

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 10:20

8. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


this phone *heart*

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