After announcing plans to release the device early last summer, AT&T will this Sunday finally become the final major U.S. carrier to release RIMs top-of-the-line BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone. But is it too late?
U.S. wireless carrier AT&T announced plans back in August to release RIM’s current flagship smartphone—and in my opinion, the best BlackBerry ever—the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but it took more than two months for the company to actually announce a release date.
AT&T plans to finally make the BlackBerry Bold 9900 available this coming Sunday, November 6, to customers via its retail stores for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement—which confirms recent rumors.
I won’t go into too much detail about the device here, since it honestly feels like old news at this point. But the announcement is certainly a significant one for BlackBerry fans on AT&T who have been holding off on device upgrades, and avoiding that shiny new iPhone, in hopes that the AT&T 9900 would hit the market sooner than later.
However, you have to wonder whether or not it makes sense to buy the AT&T 9900 at this point, with RIM’s new QNX-powered BlackBerry smartphones expected in the coming months. (The delays were reportedly related to software issues, so AT&T is not necessarily entirely to blame.)
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.