That was quick. Today is the day Sprint’s new BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 are finally released, and if you were looking pick up that new Bold 9930 today just got a lot better for you. Sprint has wised-up and dropped the new Bold’s price from the previously announced $250 on new 2 year contract and data plan down to a much better $200 on contract (the Torch 9850’s price is still $150). Specs on the new Bold are still the same, but it’s still nice to see Sprint drop the price the day the phone goes on sale. Let’s hope Verizon and T-Mobile (particularly T-Mobile) drop their prices soon too.
You can order the new Bold 9930 from Sprint here.
It looks like Verizon wasn’t the only one with new BlackBerry news to share today, and if you’re on Sprint and anxiously waiting for that awesome new Bold 9930 or Torch 9850 you’re wait for both is almost over. Sprint has today confirmed that both the new Bold and the new Torch will be launching next Sunday, August 21st, for the expected prices of $250 (Bold) and $150 (Torch) with a new 2 year contract and data plan. Everything else on these new BlackBerrys is pretty much the same as we heard two weeks ago, and for those looking for the full breakdown of what’s new in these new Sprint BlackBerry’s see our previous post here.
So Sprint users what’s it gonna be: new Bold or new Torch for back-to-school?
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
Release Dates and Prices For Sprint’s BlackBerry Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 Leak– Are Both Coming Out On The 21st?
While T-Mobile and AT&T haven’t given any word on when their new BlackBerrys will be launching (and Verizon hasn’t even officially confirmed which new BlackBerrys they’ll be getting– though we think we know one of them), it looks like Sprint will be the first to launch their new BlackBerry 7 phones. And just in time for you to get it before school starts too.
According to this latest leaked Sprint document on BGR (a site that we all know knows their BlackBerry leaks), Sprint will be releasing both their new Torch 9850 and Bold 9930 in about nine days, August 21st, for $149 and $249 respectively (with the usual new 2 year contract and data plan). If true– and we believe it very well may be as the release dates line up with some earlier rumors about the new BlackBerrys’ launch dates– this is pretty solid news for Sprint users.
Sure we think the 3G-only Bold 9930 is a bit expensive at $249 (even if it otherwise looks to be the best BlackBerry yet), and we’re not sure the Torch is worth nearly the same price as the more powerful and 4G capable Motorola Photon or HTC EVO 3D, but who knows– since Sprint or RIM haven’t actually confirmed any of this maybe they’ll bring the price down to the much more tempting $200 and $100 respectively (and if they don’t, maybe someone like Amazon or Best Buy will do it instead).
We’re obviously gonna keep searching for more on this, but if you’re on Sprint and want a new BlackBerry for the upcoming school year we really think you’re gonna want to wait a few more days to see if this becomes official.