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BlackBerry Bold 9930

May 2, 2011
Market status
Release date
Aug 15, 2011

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Verizon, Sprint, Alltel


No pros


  • Single-core processor
  • Too little RAM memory (768 MB RAM)
  • Low-resolution camera (5 megapixels)
  • The camera lacks autofocus
  • No front-facing camera




BlackBerry Bold 9930 is a CDMA/GSM hybrid with a 2.8-inch capacitive touch screen and a 1.2 Ghz processor. The device also sports a 5MP camera, 768MB of RAM and a 8GB build-in memory. It is set to launch with BlackBerry OS 7 and NFC support.

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  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • BlackBerry (7.1, 7)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 4.53 x 2.60 x 0.41 inches (115 x 66 x 10.5 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.59 oz (130 g)
      the average is 5.2 oz (150 g)
  • Design features:
    • Full keyboard, Optical Mouse (Touchpad)
  • Keys:
    • Right: Volume control, Camera shutter


  • Physical size:
    • 2.8 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 640 x 480 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 286 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 31.95 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor


  • Camera:
      • 5 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Features:
      • Digital image stabilization, Face detection, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
    • Shooting Modes:
      • Scenes
  • Camcorder:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)


  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Single core, 1200 MHz, QC 8655
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 768 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 6.60 hours
      the average is 15 h (884 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 12.8 days (307 hours)
      the average is 18 days (425 h)
  • Talk time (3G):
    • 5.90 hours
      the average is 15 h (913 min)
  • Stand-by time (3G):
    • 12.8 days (307 hours)
      the average is 24 days (580 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 50.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 7.40 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 1230 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Ion


  • Music player:
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV, M4A (Apple lossless), AMR, 3GP, MIDI
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, AVI, 3GP

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
      • BlackBerry Browser
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5


  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev.A
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, To-Do, Document viewer, Calculator, Notes
  • Messaging:
    • SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • Yes
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Yes


  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Dial-up networking (DUN), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Message Access Profile (MAP), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Serial Port (SPP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Compass
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 1.29 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 0.78 W/kg


  • Officially announced:
    • 02 May 2011

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 510
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This device is also known as BlackBerry Bold Touch, BlackBerry Montana

Alternative variants

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BlackBerry Bold 9930 (non-camera)

  • Camera:
      • No

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