BlackBerry Bold 9700 in Flash White (T-Mobile): $100 on Contract
T-Mobile this week became the first U.S. carrier to offer RIMs new BlackBerry Bold 9700 in a color it's calling "flash" white.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
I told you in early April to expect a white BlackBerry Bold 9700 to land in the United States in the near future, and T-Mobile this week beat AT&T to the punch. (Canadian carrier Rogers is also currently selling the white Bold 9700 in North America. And the white Bold first showed its face on RIM’s Thai website.)
The white Bold is exactly the same device as the BlackBerry 9700 that’s been on the market since last fall, but with a new, “sparkly” white finish. I got some hands-on time with the white Bold at RIM’s annual Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) last month, and it’s a very good-looking smartphone. However, I did notice that the back “leatherette” cover seemed to scuff easily, so new owners will want to either use some sort of protective case or at least be conscious of the devices tendency to get “dirty.” (For more on the bold 9700, read why I think it’s RIM’s best BlackBerry ever.)
The flash white BlackBerry Bold 9700 on T-Mobile will set you back $100, after a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year service agreement—the same price the carrier’s asking for the black 9700. That’s actually a very reasonable price for a quality device.
But current black Bold 9700 owners who might not want to re-up their T-Mobile contracts or drop another handful of cash for the white Bold have a few options to “white-out” their current devices: the “cheap” route, via a parts-supplier like CNN.cn or TrueSupplier.com; or Colorware, which definitely won’t be cheap, but will get you one sexy BlackBerry.
AT&T is currently the only U.S. carrier to offer the original Bold 9000 in white, and it stands to reason that we’ll see a white 9700 drop on AT&T, as well, in the near future.
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.