Most of the mobile news this week is obviously centered around Google's decision to acquire Motorola Mobility, but RIM's still playing their cards as well. The company just announced vital details about the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 on Sprint's network. We knew these guys were coming, but we didn't know when and for how much. Now, we do.
The phones, both of which are powered by BlackBerry
7 OS, will go on sale in Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and online at www.sprint.com beginning on Sunday, Aug. 21. BlackBerry Bold 9930 boasts the thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a BlackBerry smartphone for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. As for the Torch in the bunch? It'll cost $149.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after $50 mail-in rebate via reward card.
Pretty pricey for BlackBerry phones without QNX, but we can't always live in the future, can we?
BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 Available for Sprint Customers on Aug. 21
Powered by the next-generation BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry® 7, a
performance-driven operating system designed to deliver the ultimate in
communications, multimedia and productivity, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9930 and
BlackBerry® Torch™ 9850 will go on sale in Sprint Stores, Sprint
Business Sales, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and online at www.sprint.com
beginning on Sunday, Aug. 21.
BlackBerry Bold 9930
BlackBerry Bold 9930 boasts the thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a
BlackBerry smartphone for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or
eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.
At just 10.5mm thick, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone is the
thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever. It features a 2.8-inch capacitive
touchscreen display, the widest QWERTY keyboard available on a
BlackBerry smartphone and a trackpad for easy navigation. BlackBerry
Bold 9930 also offers Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a
secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices over a very
BlackBerry Torch 9850
BlackBerry Torch9850, the first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone for
Sprint customers, will cost $149.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or
eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after $50 mail-in
rebate via reward card1.
The sleek BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone features a spectacular, new
3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the largest ever on a
BlackBerry smartphone, and trackpad for easy navigation.
Both smarpthones feature Liquid Graphics™ technology, a key new
feature powered by BlackBerry 7 to deliver incredibly fast, smooth
performance and a highly responsive touchscreen experience. They also
offer 1.2GHz processors, 5MP cameras and are World Phone capable.
Key features of both BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 include:
BlackBerry® service with access to up to 10 supported business and
personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for
corporate email installations
DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
BlackBerry App World™, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
BlackBerry® Playbook™ support with BlackBerry Bridge™ (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applications
BlackBerry 7 introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a
significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is up to
40 percent faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100
percent faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones2.
BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry® Balance™, which separates
personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and
flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook®,
Twitter®, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the need
for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry
Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3,
which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping
only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being
copied or forwarded to personal contacts.
BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 require activation on
one of Sprint's Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data
add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint's Everything Data plan with Any
Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and
from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just
$69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a
savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon's comparable plan with
unlimited talk, text and 2GB web or $9.99 per month versus Verizon's
450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB web. (Pricing excludes taxes
BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 also offer World Phone
capability for international travel to nearly anywhere in the world.
Sprint customers have the power to make or receive phone calls in more
than 200 countries and access to BlackBerry® data services, including
email, apps and web browsing in nearly 155 countries. Customers can
check the Sprint Worldwide Coverage and Rates page to check coverage in
the specific location they plan to travel and find voice, text, and data
rates. They also have the option of using a third-party SIM for
international voice and data services.