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Walmart is discounting the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 to $119.99 for new lines

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Walmart is discounting the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 to $119.99 for new lines
Call them crazy or whatever you want, but there’s no denying that T-Mobile must be making a bold move by pricing their BlackBerry Bold 9900 at $299.99 on-contract. Easily $100 more than some other top-notch smartphones like the T-Mobile myTouch 4G and HTC Sensation 4G, some might be easily turned away from such a hefty price.

Thankfully, Walmart appears to be saving the day as they’re discounting the handset heavily to bring its pricing down to a more suitable position. Specifically, they’re only asking new customers to shell out $119.99 with a 2-year contract, which is something much more fitting for this kind of handset.

Strangely, it boggles our mind to find that upgrade customers will need to pay considerably more at $319.99 a pop to pick up the handset. Meaning, you're better off going off with T-Mobile if you're looking to upgrade your line.

Walmart is discounting the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 to $119.99 for new lines
Nevertheless, at least its pricing for new customers is far superior to what T-Mobile is asking for – so if you’re interested, you’d better flock on over to Walmart’s web site to pick one up.

source: Walmart via BlackBerry Empire

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posted on 25 Aug 2011, 11:33

1. daryl227140 (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Aug 2011)

The price of that phone should be at the very least 79.99 on contract.

Blackberry needs to open their eyes and stop thinking their devices are "Premium"

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 13:46 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Not even a month from release date, and the discounting has started. I guess the demand for the new 'Berries is softer than anticipated....

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:18 1

7. Das70 (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

Bunch of BS. The HTC thunderbolt got a discount from distributors a couple weeks later as well. It has nothing to do with quality. This happens frequently with new phones. For those of us patient to wait a couple weeks, we will be rewarded with lower prices.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 14:55 2

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ive been playing with the live model for a few days. this is where blackberry should have been with the storm 1 or 2 launch. the touch screen works well, its sensitive, pages display quickly and properly and the whole thing just seems nice. Too bad its about 3 or 4 years behind now. It definately shouldnt be 300.. 150 maybe, but 300 is crazy. its also the last of a dying product as BB7 is just a placholder till qnx.
diehard blackberry fans will love it though. I havent found any real negatives at all with it yet.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:36

5. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Yeah, I agree. I'd like to push this BB, but that price point is waaaayyy too high. For a businessman who needs a BB I'll definitely be recommending it.. However, average smart phone user is going to be getting an Android.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:16 2

4. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

How is anyone in a T-Mobile direct\indirect store supposed to compete with this? i know I'm pissed when my Sprint indirect store sells an Evo 4G for $99 after $50 MIR and Radio Shack is giving them away free with New Lines


posted on 25 Aug 2011, 17:37

6. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Agreed. You get what you pay for though. I can't imagine buying a cell phone from Wal-Mart.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:54 1

9. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)

The phones and the plans are exactly the same, but the prices are different

Maybe the non-tech crowd will need to head to the carrier's own stores so they can get a better understanding of the phone from the associates, but anyone who knows anything will do some hands-on shopping at the T-Mobile store, head online and do some price-comparison shopping, then just head to Radio Shack or Walmart and pick it up cheaper

Radio Shack will then promptly send the customer (and their shiny new Evo 3D or something equivalent) down the road to the nearest Sprint store for instructions on how to use their new toy

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 06:58

12. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

that is the unfortunate truth.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 18:19

8. chrisr (unregistered)

by 2012 BlackBerry will be dead (if they don`t go Android)

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 01:08

11. AlphaGeek39 (banned) (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)

You're a fool if you believe that. RIM/BlackBerry turns a profit every quarter and despite pricing in some areas, the new line of BB's are selling out in some cases. In 2012 RIM will be going strong, espcially with their switch to QNX. Get your facts straight fanboy.

posted on 29 Aug 2011, 10:33

13. barbarianthemadserb (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)

I read their ad and checked the so called Tmobile specs. The specs listed are for ATT and there is even a reference to ATT navigator. Would be a shame if someone bought this BB9900 thinking he could get it fully on Tmobile's net work 3/4g and all.
Notice in the listed specs in the ad that there are NO references to 1700 or 2100 (these are for Tmobile) and only the ATT specs are listed in their ad.

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