South Africa's Gold Medal winners get Gold BlackBerry Bold 9900

South Africa's Gold Medal winners get Gold BlackBerry Bold 9900
We've told you a  number of times that in South Africa, BlackBerry is the name that everyone wants on their smartphone. From being voted the coolest brand and the coolest cellphone in the country by some of the youngsters in the area, to producing six of the top ten handsets in South Africa during the second quarter, BlackBerry smartphones are very much relevant in the region. So how better to acknowledge the success of those South African athletes who scored a Gold Medal in this Summer's Olympics than by handing each of them a new BlackBerry phone.

But this was more than just any BlackBerry phone. It was a limited edition, top-of-the-line BlackBerry Bold 9900 in Gold that RIM's Managing Director of South Africa, Alexandra Zagury, handed over to each of the country's Gold Medal winners. The athletes awarded the Berry's included Cameron van der Burgh who set a new the world record and won a gold medal at the same time, in the Men's 100m Breaststroke, Chad le Clos who beat Michael Phelps to win a gold medal in the Men's 200m Butterfly as well as a silver medal in the Men's 100m Butterfly and all four members of the Men's Lightweight Four Rowing Team - James Thompson, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and Sizwe Ndlovu.

It's enough of an incentive to make BlackBerry fans in the country start training for the 2016 games.

source: Crackberry

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Bold 9900
  • Display 2.8" 640 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1230 mAh(5.90h 3G talk time)

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20 Comments

1. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

That was almost cool of them.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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5. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

what else? patriotism for south africa from a canadian company?

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

HAHAHAHA this made me laugh. Captain obvious is here you know. :))

3. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Very nice gesture. Well done.

4. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Specially from someone who is close to bankruptcy

6. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

they love BlackBerry coz its really awesome and unique experience that is different from the competiton--iPhone, android and even Symbian and Windows Phone... so stop hating blackberry hater!!! just accept the fact that BlackBerry is still relevant in some region.. and will be relevant after BB10 is release!

10. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

unique because they can't do anything other than bbm & email

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yes past BB OS cant really do a lot of things.. but can do great multitasking... the browser is really not that good, and limited set of apps coz its RIM's fault releasing phones with different screen sizes... its a pain to devs ass developing apps for BB coz it has different screen sizes but BB10 device will going to change that!!! and it will be great... BlackBerry's greatest OS ever YET!!!

13. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

how do you know that bb10 will going to change that ? unless you are a clairvoyant

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

because they already announce the screen size of their devices and its unified so that it will be easy for devs to create apps for the OS if it has unified screen size... the brower of the PlayBook is now superior... and since BB10 is QNX base too.. they share same core.. PalyBook OS might be discontinued (but i dont have proof by this statement..PB OS might still have its updates) coz the current PB will be upgraded to BB10 so it is unified like apple with its iOS.. iOS is use by iPhone, iPod and iPad!

15. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

but there's nothing that make us feel "WOW" in bb 10, hd screen ? scalado camera (some camera technology related to time) ? quad core processor ? android already has it!! poor blackberry

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yes.. android has it..but atleast they catch up and has unique features... some tech blogs like the verge attended a BlackBerry Jam and got a hand on the semi final version of BB10 and they are all positive and all the same" BlackBerry catch up with BB10 in competition and very futuristic, love the gesture just love everything" and BB now catch up with BB10 and still has advantages like BBM and Email... android is still messing up with that!

17. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

PB still gets updates. I just got one last month.

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... is your PB runs on 2.0? you'll be happy that it will be updated to 2.1 and when BB10 is out, it will be updated again... i think Q2 or early Q3... can android do that? NO!

20. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

yes it does....remember the article on PA "android jelly bean ported to the htc dream blackberry os 6 phones can't be upgrade to os 7, it sucks

8. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Im sad because of the BB situation.

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... they need to be back on top... RIM is really one good company...

11. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

lol bb fanboy

18. Just_a_boy

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

BB phones are safe and they have that keyboard that is so amazing to type with

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