T-Mobile announces that they will offer a 4G equipped BlackBerry Bold 9900
Well, T-Mobile surely didn’t waste any time in making people aware about their intentions as they officially confirmed through their Twitter account that they’re planning to offer the new handset.
In fact, it’ll be their very first 4G enabled BlackBerry smartphone and should arrive some time later in the year – though, no explicit date was attached to its release. Moreover, we’re still in the dark regarding pricing for the next-generation Bold model.
Regardless of that, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see it priced at the usual $200 on-contract price point.
2. hi hopes shot to hell (unregistered)
No front facing camera and flash = none of my cash.
4. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Stop spreading lies basher. It has flash. No front facing camera but theres no use for that and who really cares except nerds like you.
3. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
What was BB thinking? 2.8" screen in a world of smartphones with 3.5" to 4.3". And you wonder why BB is losing to Apple, HTC, Samsung, etc.
5. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
They are having a larger touchscreen phone without a keyboard released later this year as well the BB STORM 3. This is a phone for people who want a great physical keyboard(without, hinges or sliders that get loose with use) The screen is more than enough. I have an old curve that works just fine for the internet. Again though if you want a large screen BB there is the BB STORM 3 without a physical keyboard coming. It has a large touch screen. This is for the folks who want the physical keyboard.DO YOUR RESEARCH next time instead of lamely trying to bash BB.
6. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
BB is losing marketshare to Apple, HTC and Samsung. That is not bashing BB, just pointing out BB needs to get better products out there to stem their losses.
First, if you looked at the 9900, there is enough REAL ESTATE for a 3.0" or larger screen by repositioning the sizeable BB logo, but BB won't deliver a larger screen.
Second, the keyboard is very cramp for my taste, which is why I never considered the BB so "great physical keyboard" is up for debate.
Third, BB needs to innovate its products and get rid of old design standards. Just think about it for a second, what's the purpose of a trackpad or the other 4 stand-by buttons given a capacitive touchscreen. It's out-dated technology.
If BB simply reposition its logo, got rid of the trackpad, this could be a competive 3.0"-3.2" screen. Even the Droid Pro has a 3.1" screen.
Fourth, iPhone 4's retina display is 326 dpi versus the 9900's 287 dpi DESPITE the fact the iPhone 4 has been out since June 24, 2010.
Unless BB can match the competition or provide a serious alternative, it's just going to lose marketshare. BB needs to get better products out there.
You may like your BB, but lots of other BB users have traded-in their old BB for the iPhone.
So yes, I did my research. BB is continues to LOSE market share and you wonder why.
8. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Also you just totally ignored the fact that their is a larger all touchscreen BB for those who dont like the keyboard. Theres also a new all touch curve coming this year. They look like all those other phones you android lovers like. AGAIN this phone is for people who WANT a physical keyboard. Its not BB only form factor. Stop making it out to be BB only phone.
7. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Go over to crackberry.com and see how man people are dumping thier androids for this phone.
10. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Das70 -- the smart people read RIM's annual reports, SEC filings and press releases like the one that came out on 4/28/11 where RIM stated:
"RIM now expects fully diluted earnings per share for Q1 to be in the range of $1.30-$1.37, lower than the range of $1.47-$1.55 previously forecasted by RIM on March 24, 2011. This shortfall is primarily due to shipment volumes of BlackBerry smartphones that are now expected to be at the lower end of the range of 13.5-14.5 million forecasted in March and a shift in the expected mix of devices shipped towards handsets with lower average selling prices." (source: Company press release)
RIM is basically saying "we suck" despite our earlier guidance just one-month prior.
9. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
Nothing you said changes the following facts:
1) Apple set the Retina display standard with the iPhone4 last June and BB has yet to match it -- what the HELL Is BB doing these past 10 months? Even Motorola is offering qHD screens to compete against Apple.
2) All the larger touchscreen BB products SUCK!! Are you hinting at the Torch 2 with a sh*tty 3.2" VGA resolution. Or were you referring to the Storm???
3) BB is way behind the 8-ball and needs to catch-up to the competition and BB is very late to the party. Methinks BB caught Motorola's disease -- the truth is BB is not catching up -- it's falling further and further behind the competition.
4) As for people who want a physical keyboard -- the MARKET has changed but BB is still asleep at the switch. People want the physical keyboard AND a larger screen. You wonder why the Pre3 comes with a 3.6" screen when the first two Pre's had a 3.1" screen.
5) So how many New Curve Touch will BB sell once the new iPhone 5 gets released -- especially given its screen size of 3.25".
6) Look at HTC or Apple -- neither HTC or Apple has a STUPID logo that robs the phone of valuable screen space.
I will admit BB's new products will impress its BB core-user base (which is shrinking of course), but the world is changing and unless BB comes out with better products, it will be a roadkill. BB is such a yesterday-product.
Lastly, Das70, do your homework or at least do some research before you continue to look like a mindless BB lapdog.
11. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
I am well aware of all of the above. I read all that stuff as well. Regardless that does not make their current products as out of date as you think. Not everyone wants a huge screen. I dont spend all my time browsing on my phone. I do a few minutes a day at most. That is why they are offering the BOLD TOUCH. AGAIN do your research. RIM is releasing more than the Storm 2, Bold touch and torch 2.(all of these phones while not dual have a 800 low end -1.2 mhz processor more than enough for the general non fanboy public)
Torch 2 (3.2 is more than sufficent for many people, this is a higly anticipated phone)
Not everyone wants a frickin huge 4"+ screen. Get that through your head.(look at how popular the Droid incredible is) Not everyone is a spec fanboy like you. Whats next 4.5-6" screens. May as well carry a tablet with you.
Blackberry is not for people who want every useless bell and whistle that Android is currently offering. (Ie. Theres not much use right now for dual core phones or front facing cameras or even 4g) and the general population is just now starting to really get into smartphones. I will bet that RIM is not going anywhere soon and they will retain a large marketshare.
RIM products in general are better than most android (especially HTC) WHEN it comes to battery issues, security issues. They are less prone to virsus attacks and they are not the data hogs that android phones are. There is not nearly the micromanagement involved with blackberry phones as android. Their support is well beyond what Android is because they are their own OS. Android is fragmented within different phone makers.(not everyone wants to root their phones, and treat their phones like their home computer.)
Case in point. I have a friend who got the Samsung transform last year. He has waited months for updates. I have a measly 2 year old curve 8530 and the software support has been amazing.
Lastly many android users get frustrated and disenchanted with the Android platform and eventually move over or back to BB. Its not always about the specs it also about the useability as well as quality. BB has that in spades.
As for APPLE sure they will be the leader. They have a huge fanbase who will buy their products without fail. That does not mean RIM is failing. Because they are not. They will be around for a long time to come.