To my British neighbors who painfully watched our own Jon Rettinger unbox his shiny new BlackBerry Bold 9900 yesterday, the wait to get your hands on your own is now over. Vodafone is the first U.K. carrier to begin selling the device, available for free on new 24-month contracts from £41 (approx. $66). Those who have already pre-ordered the device should start receiving their order over the weekend.
The 9900 is the first BlackBerry Bold to boast a touchscreen in addition to that much-loved (by some) QWERTY keyboard. It’s also one of the first few devices to run RIM’s latest BlackBerry operating system — BlackBerry 7 OS.
Powering this device is a 1.2GHz processor, which Jon’s video revealed makes for significantly faster boot-up times, packed into the thinnest BlackBerry yet. If you need any more persuasion to pick up this phone, here’s its full list of technical specifications:
BlackBerry Bold 9900 Tech Specs
- BlackBerry 7 OS
- Single core, QC 8655, 1200 MHz
- 768 MB RAM
- 2.8-inch TFT screen (640 x 480 pixels)
- 4.53 x 2.60 x 0.41 (115 x 66 x 10.5 mm)
- 4.59 oz (130 g)
- 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Accelerometer, Compass
- 1230 mAh batteries
You may notice that near-field communications technology is also built into this seemingly impressive BlackBerry handset, but unfortunately Vodafone will not support this feature to begin with — you’ll have to wait a while for that.
The cheapest Vodafone price plan for the 9900 is just £20.50 (approx. $33) a month, but with this plan you’ll have to pay £399 (approx. $650) for the device up-front. All contracts are 24 months long.
Will you be purchasing the BlackBerry Bold this weekend?