Effective, April 26th Sprint officially announces the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone:
Advanced Features and Refined Style of BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Coming to Sprint
Available in all Sprint sale channels May 23, the new BlackBerry Bold 9650
offers international roaming for a global smartphone experience
With an extensive array of high-end communications and multimedia features, compact and highly refined design and international roaming capabilities, the new BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone will be available from Sprint (NYSE: S). It will operate on Sprint’s nationwide 3G Network domestically, and roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for reliable voice and email communication.
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate (taxes & surcharges excluded). It can be purchased in all other Sprint sales channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), Sprint Business Sales, Sprint stores, national retailers and third-party dealers, Sunday, May 23.
BlackBerry Bold 9650 provides instant access to email, calendar, contacts, robust business and entertainment applications and location-based services, leveraging the best performing wireless networks in the United States and abroad. It is also ideally suited for those who want to stay socially connected and share moments through pictures and videos through MMS and over popular IM services like BlackBerry® Messenger. It also offers easy access to social networking sites like Flickr®, MySpace™ and Facebook®, with smooth integration, providing a great view of what’s happening both personally and professionally.
In addition to top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone comes with BlackBerry® OS 5. It is also designed with a smoothly integrated optical trackpad and a distinctive, highly tactile, fretted keyboard and features a large, high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi).
Additional features include:
The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone operates domestically on the Sprint 3G network, and globally on 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GSM/GPRS networks where Sprint has international roaming agreements. With this smartphone, Sprint customers have the power to make or receive phone calls in more than 185 countries and access BlackBerry® data services including email, apps and Web browsing in nearly 150 countries.
Access the release highlights link below to view the press release and additional pricing details.
• BlackBerry Bold 9650 product, pricing and availability announcement
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ok so i did upgrade my 8330 to the 8530 and then returned it and paid the restocking fee. so my question is when will my upgrade discount be re-set. I've been on the phone with several representatives and none of them can understand what i'm talking about? makes no sense being that a sprint sales person at a sprint store told me to call and make sure they've re-set my upgrade. the last person i talked to told me that i can just call when i want my new upgrade, but i'm feeling like this isn't going to work smoothly when it happens. also any blackberry people thinking about getting the HTC EVO? I'm kinda torn between the new BB Bold or the EVO
It should be reset automatically, but we all know not to depend on automation. Did you check your account online to see what device they're showing? It should have reverted back to the 8330. If the 8330 is showing to your account, check the upgrade link and it should show you as eligible. If it shows the 8530, I would suggest calling customer service and asking to speak to the supervisor, if the service rep can't fix (or understand) the situation. It should only take a minute to clear things up. By the way, did you return the 8530 to a retail store or through the mail? Either way could cause a delay, and Sprint may not recredit your return until the phone is "officially" restocked. (Just thought about that one.)
I also considered the new EVO, but it's a little overboard for my needs (even though I'd love to have the 4G capability). In fact, I was holding off on upgrading my 8330 until the release of the EVO. But the announcement of the 9650, and it's features, convinced me to choose it instead. It will do all that I need, and foresee needing at least for the next year, and...it's a BlackBerry. I'm a big BlackBerry fan! The 8330 is my first BB and I'm very satisfied. And the apps list is full of useful stuff...and adding more every day, it seems. So the only thing that the EVO has that would be a serious want in the 9650 is the 3G/4G, even though some of the other tech stuff is nice, too. Trust your judgement and compare the features of the two: the Android or the BlackBerry. I chose BlackBerry.