The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will have its U.S. debut on Monday. T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier in this country to offer RIM’s latest smartphone, which will also be T-Mobile’s first BlackBerry to support its 3G network.
This wireless carrier is going to ask $200 for the Bold2 with a two-year contract. Those who don’t want to sign up for a T-Mobile contract will have lower monthly service payments, but will have to pay more for this device: $450. An installment plan will also be an option: $22.50 per month for 20 months.
The 9700 will be available on Nov. 16 at T-Mobile retail stores, authorized dealers. and T-Mobile.com.
An Overview of the BlackBerry Bold 9700
The Bold2 will have the same general design as its predecessor, including a QWERTY keyboard, but with a new look. It will be smaller than the original, and also have a slightly smaller screen, but at the same HVGA resolution. In place of a trackball will be an optical trackpad.
It is going to run BlackBerry OS 5.0 on a 624 MHz processor, and will have RIM’s standard suite of productivity and entertainment software.
This phone will include a microSD card slot, and be bundled with a 2 GB memory card for storing music, video, and other files.It will also include a 3.2 MPx camera, a GPS receiver and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be a quad-band GSM phone, with tri-band UMTS/HSDPA. Naturally, the T-Mobile version will support this carrier’s unique 3G frequency. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
This carrier will also ask $200 for it, with a two-year voice and data plan and a $100 mail-in-rebate.