T-Mobile USA announces launch date for the BlackBerry Bold 9900

Today, T-Mobile announced the first 4G BlackBerry smartphone to run on its network called the BlackBerry Bold 9900. The new Bold is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever, and according to T-Mobile is the first to offer an adequate high-performance keyboard and touch display.

The new Bold houses some pretty impressive features:

  • Thin body frame at only 10.5mm
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • BlackBerry 7 OS
  • New browser with improved HTML5 performance

BlackBerry business customers can get Bold 9900 already today, but everyone else will have to wait until Aug. 31st  when it gets to regular retail shops. The 9900 is expected to cost $299.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. So it’ll be $350 upfront, this doesn’t match up well against other Android phones which typically list around $199.99.

Fact is, the new Bold is pretty good eye candy, backed up with respectable enhancements to boot. As a Android user, this is probably the first BlackBerry to spark my interest in a couple of years. That said, the price point doesn’t sit well with me at all — its too high.

For more information about the Bold 9900 or other T-Mobile products and services, please visit the company’s site here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Charles West

Charles West is a self-proclaimed music snob, sports junkie, party rager and cannibal of all things tech and gadgety. Born and bread in Hartford, CT, where he currently resides, is a life filled with great friends and family. As an early adapter to Android, he's tinkered and hacked a long list of phones; escaping the grips of carrier and manufacturing malpractice. Charles has covered the mobile industry for Examiner.com, Technology Marketing Corporation, and Androinica.

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