Verizon BlackBerry users here is the news you’ve been waiting for: the Bold 9930 (aka the Bold Touch) is now finally available for you to order from Verizon for $250 with a new 2 year contract and data plan.
Specs wise the Verizon Bold 9930 comes with pretty much everything we expected: a 1.2 GHZ processor with 768 MB of RAM (so everything from BBMing to browsing the web is much faster), 5 megapixel back camera with the ability to take 720p HD video (there is no front camera for video chat), the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and that awesome BlackBerry keyboard underneath that 2.8 inch multi-touch screen. Unfortunately, like Sprint’s Bold 9930 this Verizon Bold 9930 is also 3G-only which means you can’t use it on Verizon’s superfast 4G LTE network (something we were hoping Verizon would sneak in particularly since it’s a pretty expensive $250 on 2 year contract). For the full recap of what’s in this new Bold see our previous post here.
Basically, if you’re on Verizon and looking for a new BlackBerry for school this year, this is the one you’ve been waiting for.
More info: Verizon
Following AT&T’s kickoff announcement earlier today of new BlackBerrys coming to their network this year, Sprint has decided to join in the new BlackBerry fun as well. That’s right, new BlackBerrys are also coming to Sprint later this year– or to be more specific, the Bold 9930 (aka Bold Touch) and Torch 9850 (the Sprint version of the all touchscreen Torch 9860) are on their ways to Sprint.
The specs of both the Bold 9930 and Torch 9860 are pretty much the same as the AT&T versions. Both have 1.2 GHZ processors with 768 MB of RAM (for speed), 5 megapixel back cameras with the ability to take 720p HD video (neither have front cameras for video chat), run the latest and greatest BlackBerry 7 OS, and both have support for Sprint’s 3G network (sorry, no 4G here. On the bright side they both have SIM card slots for use whenever you take that semester abroad). The main differences between the Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 are that the Bold Touch has a 2.8 inch touchscreen with full BlackBerry keyboard underneath (and support for NFC, or the ability to use your phone as your credit card), while the Torch replaces that bottom keyboard for an all touchscreen design with a much larger 3.7 inch screen.
Like AT&T, Sprint sadly hasn’t said anything about price or an exact release, instead saying those details will be announced “closer to availability.”
So, Sprint BlackBerry users, which new BlackBerry are you gonna get?
Well, it looks like we should expect some news on the Bold Touch 9930 after all– at least if you’re on Verizon. Yes, that video above is the hotly anticipated BlackBerry Bold Touch 9930 being demoed on video by Verizon, pretty much confirming that the sickest BlackBerry we’ve seen yet is going to be on its way to a Verizon store near you. And to make things better, the video was posted on Verizon’s site (under a second listing for the older Bold 9650). To view the video on the Verizon site just click on “Explore Features” under the demo and videos tab.
Sadly the video doesn’t give a price or exact release date (though the way it sounds we think it will be coming sooner rather than later), but hopefully that will all be cleared up soon.
So with Verizon and T-Mobile now for sure getting the new Bold Touch all we need is AT&T and Sprint to share the good news and everyone will be happy. Stay tuned– we think this BlackBerry news is just getting started.
UPDATE: So we just watched the video again and the end of the video the Verizon employee Blake makes sure to mention the Bold 9930’s faster processor, touchscreen, great BlackBerry keyboard and that it’s “paired with fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in America.” Yeah, this could not just be the first touchscreen Bold, but also the first BlackBerry to run on Verizon’s super-fast 4G network.
Now the video didn’t mention 4G elsewhere or show off a “4G” logo so this may just be a mistake from an early video. But wow– we don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for tomorrow.
Info and YouTube version of the video from CrackBerry