BlackBerry Bold 9700 Review

Specifications & Box Contents

At the time of this writing, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. A BlackBerry data service plan is required, and compatible voice plans start at $39.99 per month for 500 anytime minutes plus an additional $30 per month for BlackBerry Unlimited Web. Keep in mind that thanks to this phone's UMA (unlicensed mobile access) capabilities you can take advantage of Wi-Fi calling to save calling minutes. T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling mobile plan or Wi-Fi Calling with MobileOffice service add-ons are also available. You can find out more information about Unlimited HotSpot Calling by visiting

Here’s a closer look at the specifications of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 from T-Mobile.


Height: 4.29 inches

Width: 2.36 inches

Depth: 0.56 inches

Weight: 4.30 ounces (including battery); 3.17 ounces (without battery)

Wireless Networks

3G (HSDPA) compatible

UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6), 2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1,4,8)

GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz

Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM


Bluetooth v2.1

Mono/Stereo Headset


Serial Port Profile

Bluetooth Stereo Audio (A2DP/AVCRP)

Bluetooth SIM Access Profile supported


802.11 b/g

UMA support

Wi-Fi Alliance Certifications: WPA, WPA2, WMM, WMM Power Save, Wi-Fi Protected Setup, Cisco CCX

Battery & Battery Life

Battery: 1500 mAh removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell

Talk Time: Up to 6 hours (GSM and UMTS)

Standby Time: Up to 21 days/504 hours (GSM), Up to 17 days/408 hours (UMTS)

Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours


High resolution 480x360 pixel color display

Transmissive TFT LCD

Supports over 65,000 colors

2.44 inches (diagonally measured)

Data Input & Navigation

35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard

Dedicated Keys: Send, End, VAD (User Customizable), Camera (User Customizable), 2 x Volume/Zoom

Trackpad - Located on front face of device, ESC Key to the right, Menu to the left

Intuitive icons and menus

Voice Input & Output

Integrated speaker and microphone

Hands-free headset capable

Bluetooth headset capable

Integrated Hands-Free Speakerphone

Rating for hearing aids (PDF): M3, T3 (in cellular bands only)

Media Player

Video format support: XviD partially supported, H.263, H.264, WMV3, MPEG4, Sorenson Spark & On2 VP6 (Flash support)

Audio format support: .3gp, MP3, WMA9 (.wma/.asf), WMA9 Pro / WMA 10, MIDI, AMR-NB, Professional AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

Ringtones & Notifications

Tone, vibrate, on-screen or LED indicator

Notification options are user configurable

32 Polyphonic Ringtones – MIDI, SP-MDI, MP3, WAV

Camera & Video Recording

3.2 MP Camera

Auto Focus, Image Stabilization


2X digital zoom

Video camera recording: Normal Mode (480 x 352 pixel), MMS Mode (176 x 144 pixel)


Password protection

Screen lock

Sleep mode

Optional support for S/MIME

Maps & GPS

Includes BlackBerry Maps

Integrated GPS with A-GPS

In the box:
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • Stereo Hands-Free Headset
  • BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • Carrying case

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