BlackBerry Bold 9700 (T-Mobile) On Sale Today: Unboxing Images, Details
Deck: This morning, T-Mobile became the first U.S. wireless carrier to release Research In Motion's (RIM) much anticipated BlackBerry 9700 smartphone. The Bold 9700 is T-Mobile U.S.A.'s first 3G BlackBerry, and it retails for $199.99 on contract--though you can find it for quite a bit cheaper than that in certain stores...sort of.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Research In Motion’s (RIM) latest smartphone, the BlackBerry Bold 9700, is officially available in T-Mobile U.S.A. retail stores and online as of this morning. The business-oriented handset is T-Mobile’s first 3G BlackBerry. And T-Mobile, which is the first U.S. carrier to offer the Bold 9700, is selling the device for $199.99 on contract.
The Bold 9700, RIM’s successor to its popular BlackBerry Bold 9000, is the handset-maker’s most feature-packed BlackBerry date, and it sports all of the same functionality of the Bold 9000 and more in a smaller, sleeker package.
The new Bold 9700 will set you back $199.99 on contract or $449.99 without a service commitment through T-Mobile. But Wal-Mart’s currently offering $100-gift-cards to anyone who purchases the Bold 9700, or a number of additional BlackBerry devices, on contract, out-pricing the carrier by at least $100.
I’ve been using the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 for about two weeks now, and I’m nothing short of infatuated with the device. I have a few minor complaints that I’ll save for my full review–coming soon on CIO.com–but I have no reservations saying the Bold 9700 is one of, if not the most impressive BlackBerry I’ve ever used. And I’ve used ’em all.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.