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New BlackBerry Torch 9810 Coming to Three, Virgin Media, Vodafone in U.K.

AT&T unveiled RIM’s latest BlackBerry Torch 9810 this morning, a device which is described by RIM as faster and more fluid than its predecessor; boasting BlackBerry OS 7, a 3.2-inch display, and 4G data connectivity. So how can you get hold of this device in the U.K.?

Three Virgin Vodafone logosSo far, Three, Virgin Media and Vodafone are the first carriers to confirm that they will stock the BlackBerry 9810, which is expected to be available in the U.K. “later this year.”

These carriers issued statements this morning, with Sylvia Chind, head of handsets for Three, welcoming the device to its “award-winning 3G network.”

“This great new smartphone comes with the new BlackBerry 7.0 OS which offers even speedier browsing than before as well as the familiar favourite features we know our customers love, such as BlackBerry Messenger, on Three’s award-winning 3G network.”

Virgin Media’s statement boasts about the new device’s impressive list of specifications:

“Building on the popular design of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 the new BlackBerry Torch is faster and more fluid with enhanced hardware features and the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

“Offering the definitive BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard for fast typing combined with a large 3.2”, high resolution touch display, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 truly is the best of both worlds.

“With a faster processor, Liquid Graphics, HD video recording, and 8GB of built in storage, the result is an enhanced multimedia experience in an all-in one BlackBerry design.”

In addition to the BlackBerry Torch 9810, Three and Vodafone will also offer RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9900, which joins the Torch as one of the first few devices to run BlackBerry 7.

Unfortunately, none of these carriers will support the new Torch’s super-speedy 4G capability because the service isn’t yet available in the U.K. And by the time it is, I’m sure BlackBerry will have released at least another Torch or two.

Will you be upgrading to any of RIM’s new handsets, and if so, which carrier will you go for?

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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