Verizon Wireless Launches BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone

With the announcement of the BlackBerry Bold 9650, Verizon Wireless is adding its first global phone that will support GlobalAccess Connect to its lineup. GlobalAccess Connect lets customers tether their BlackBerry Bold to a notebook or netbook and use it as a modem for wireless Internet access in more than 200 countries throughout the world.

Key features of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 include:

  • Optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)
  • Push to Talk feature – Allows customers to leverage Verizon Wireless’ 3G network for instant two-way communication with up to 50 people with the touch of a button
  • VZ Navigator® version 6 – Gives customers access to free mapping and integration with Bing to sort searches by relevance and a new option to choose day, week or monthly subscriptions
  • VZ Navigator Global capabilities – Provides turn-by-turn directions and maps in English while navigating through more than 20 destinations, including Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. This easy-to-use application also marks distances in miles or kilometers and finds restaurants, gas stations, banks/ATMs and other popular spots using the Local Search feature

Additional specifications:

  • Stylish design (4.40” x 2.44” x .55” and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black finish and chrome highlights
  • Mobile e-mail and messaging capabilities
  • Large (2.45”) high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi) that displays pictures, videos and Web pages with contrast and detail
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording
  • Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music; a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack; and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile (A2DP/AVCRP)
  • BlackBerry® Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos*.
  • Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr® as well as popular instant messaging services, including BlackBerry® Messenger
  • Support for BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
  • 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB microSD™ HC cards (a 2 GB card is pre-installed)
  • Full HTML Web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP
  • Built-in GPS with support for location-based applications and services as well as geotagging
  • Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1)
  • Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America as well as single band UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad
  • Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for up to 5 hours of CDMA talk time

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is now available for ordering online. It will be available in stores beginning June 10 for $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Verizon Wireless also plans to offer a non-camera version of the phone.