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BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

Journeyman

Re: BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

This is great news! Can hardly wait!

Journeyman

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

There are two BlackBerry Bold's both exactly the same, the difference is the Bold 9900 is a GSM band device (At&t and T-Mobile) the other is CDMA band (Sprint and Verizon) Most web sites just say the Bold 9900 in a general sense.  But the BlackBerry Bold 9930 is just the same has the Bold 9900.  The bigger confusion will be the Torch 9850, this IS NOT the At&t Torch 9800 upgrade, it is the fullscreen touch device RIM code named "monaco/monza".  I'm sure the only difference you'll see in the Bold 9900-9930 is of course what kind of extra or different software each carrier includes on thier device, also if? they will include a microSDHC card (the Bold 9930 has 8GB internal media already, along with 768 MB RAM)

Journeyman

Re: BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

Guys.  I need your help on this one.  I've been a part of this thread since the very beginning waiting everyday to hear Sprint finally announce the 99xx Blackberry release.  It suddenly occurs to me that the only real advantage I see in sticking with a BB is BBM.  I love BBM, as i'm sure you all do as well, so my dilemma comes in the form of the latest and greatest Android phones (which I've always thought of as being too large and bulky for their own good)...Here's what I'm thinking, and PLEASE correct me if I'm missing something.   If I ditch BB entirely and cross over to the Android world I (1) Only pay $10 extra a month instead of the $30 BB pack (this is a big deal for me, as I have multiple BBs). (2) Get a G4 phone, which (if I understand correctly) can act as a wireless-network access point at no additional charge, so long as keep my data usage light (HUGE bonus if that's the case) (3) Have the advantage of Android OS, which from what I've heard has tons of software. and most importantly (4) can go to costco online and pick up the phones TODAY.   Am I missing something?  Is bbm really worth an extra $20 per phone per month?   I have to say that I've not been incredibly pleased with the 9630's reliability and almost daily battery pulls (Which take a whole 8 minutes to reboot!!!  Longer than any PC or MAC I've ever owned, dating back to the Mac SE!).  I wonder, any Android owners out there (I've never owned one) can you tell me how long an avg. boot up takes on your phone, and are you generally pleased with your phone?  I'll probably look to CNET to do the testing/recommending for me as to which specific phone to get.  Also, does Sprint plan on still charging $30 for the bb data plans on these new 99xx's? Sprint rep, do you have any input on the last question?  Thanks for all your input guys.  I hope to get some relevant replies.

UPDATE:

So I just visited cnet for some reviews, and here's what I found for the best sprint Android (in the form of a Motorola Photon 4G): "The Motorola Photon 4G is an absolute powerhouse of a phone. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4G WiMax speeds, a 4.3-inch qHD display, and a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipset. Features include HDMI-out, DLNA support, Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot for up to eight devices, 720p HD video capture, 1080p HD video playback, and secure data encryption. We also like the kickstand. Call quality and overall performance were great."  The "BAD" was that it has a bulky form factor...but I knew that already. 

Message was edited by: YANKITCH1

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

YANKITCH1 wrote:

Guys.  I need your help on this one.  I've been a part of this thread since the very beginning waiting everyday to hear Sprint finally announce the 99xx Blackberry release.  It suddenly occurs to me that the only real advantage I see in sticking with a BB is BBM.  I love BBM, as i'm sure you all do as well, so my dilemma comes in the form of the latest and greatest Android phones (which I've always thought of as being too large and bulky for their own good)...Here's what I'm thinking, and PLEASE correct me if I'm missing something.   If I ditch BB entirely and cross over to the Android world I (1) Only pay $10 extra a month instead of the $30 BB pack (this is a big deal for me, as I have multiple BBs). (2) Get a G4 phone, which (if I understand correctly) can act as a wireless-network access point at no additional charge, so long as keep my data usage light (HUGE bonus if that's the case) (3) Have the advantage of Android OS, which from what I've heard has tons of software. and most importantly (4) can go to costco online and pick up the phones TODAY.   Am I missing something?  Is bbm really worth an extra $20 per phone per month?   I have to say that I've not been incredibly pleased with the 9630's reliability and almost daily battery pulls (Which take a whole 8 minutes to reboot!!!  Longer than any PC or MAC I've ever owned, dating back to the Mac SE!).  I wonder, any Android owners out there (I've never owned one) can you tell me how long an avg. boot up takes on your phone, and are you generally pleased with your phone?  I'll probably look to CNET to do the testing/recommending for me as to which specific phone to get.  Also, does Sprint plan on still charging $30 for the bb data plans on these new 99xx's? Sprint rep, do you have any input on the last question?  Thanks for all your input guys.  I hope to get some relevant replies.

UPDATE:

So I just visited cnet for some reviews, and here's what I found for the best sprint Android (in the form of a Motorola Photon 4G): "The Motorola Photon 4G is an absolute powerhouse of a phone. It ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 4G WiMax speeds, a 4.3-inch qHD display, and a dual-mode GSM/CDMA chipset. Features include HDMI-out, DLNA support, Wi-Fi, Mobile Hotspot for up to eight devices, 720p HD video capture, 1080p HD video playback, and secure data encryption. We also like the kickstand. Call quality and overall performance were great."  The "BAD" was that it has a bulky form factor...but I knew that already. 

Message was edited by: YANKITCH1

Lots of things in this paragraph... so I am going to split it up here...

For the plan changes you describe, not exactly. All of the Sprint smartphones (including Blackberries) now require specific plans, and the premium data plan (one exception currently). You must have an Everything Data or Simply Everything plan, and you must have the Premium Data add-on. There are no Blackberry-specific plans anymore. So say you have 2 Blackberries/Android/Windows Phone, there is no distinction for the plans anymore. You would need the Everything Data 1500 plan ($129.99) plus the $10 Premium Data for both phones ($20). Each additional phone is $19.99 on that plan, plus the premium data if required for the device. If you wanted to use the phone as a mobile hotspot to have your laptop/game system/etc. access internet through the phone that is an additional $29.99 for each phone you want it on). So for 2 Blackberries on that plan with no mobile hotspot it would be $160 (rounding pennies). For 3 smartphones it would be $190. If one of the phones isn't a smartphone, it doesn't require the Premium Data add-on, but it would still have data access as that is included in the base plan itself. The only smartpone that is exempted from this rule currently is the Samsung Replenish, which is an Android phone; it requires an Everything Data plan, but not the Premium Data add-on like every other smartphone.

The 3G/4G devices do not have any specific plan requirements other than the regular smartphones. If you are in a 4G area you can use 4G, if you aren't then the phone will revert to the 3G network.

As I responded above the Mobile Hotspot is an additional $29.99 per month for each phone you want it on. Sprint's data plans do not have a data cap (AT&T, Verizon) or throttling (T-Mobile drops you essentially to dial-up speeds when you hit their cap) like every other major carrier in the U.S.

If you want some more specialized information I would recommend calling Customer Care, chatting with a rep when they are available online (button will appear in the upper right near the login box when they are available), go into a store, or either post here or PM me (click my username and choose "send private message on the right) some information about your account. I am not allowed to directly access customer accounts through the Community here since I am not an oline Care rep (I am a store technician, the guy who fixes the phones when people break them, I used to be a rep in a store though), but if you provide what your current plan is, which phones you currently have, and what you would like I can compare it for you and give you a more direct answer than the basics I have already posted above.

Journeyman

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

I am invoking my Sprint Premier Gold customer membership and demanding this phone be released NOW!

Wizard

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

Hello!

I tried as hard as I could but they denied my expense request to fly out to RIM and give me our demands. I was able to talk them into letting us announce the phone and even the new Torch!Hopefully the official announcement of their unveiling will help tide you over. See the link below.

( In all seriousness, this announcement from today does confirm the upcoming availability and some of the features of both the 9850 Torch and the new 9930 Bold. No word yet on an exact date other than "This Fall" )

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1998

Journeyman

Re: BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

Yes, I just found out about the Motorola Photon phone accidentally yesterday just shopping all of the phones and was like,"what's this phone here"?! I'm very suprised that Sprint didn't debut this phone properly! This is a powerhouse of a phone as you said, but there was no introduction for it what so ever! I had to google the phone and sure enough there were all kinds of articles about it coming to Sprint! It's a sweet looking phone as well as great features! As a matter of fact I'm giving RIM til Aug 21st to give us some kind of expected date for the BB Bold 9930 or I'm strongly considering buying the Motorola Photon! Others that are fed up waiting may want to check this phone out!

Journeyman

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

too hype!!!!!!! been dying for this. I only look at your replies lol. straight to the point with the news!!! YESSSSS

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Journeyman

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

  Whatever device you choose, be it the Bold 9930 or the Photon or Evo or any other smartphone, choose one that best suites your needs, I'm sure a little investigating on the web about each perticular device and reviews (if any) will help. I myself am either getting the BB Bold 9930 or iphone 5 (if Sprint does indeed get one this fall) I'll most likely get the Bold 9930 because I love the conveinance of a full size qwerty keyboard, and the Bold 9930 will be above and beyond past BlackBerries. It will have a 1.2ghz processor, 768mb RAM 8GB internal media and has a resolution of 287 (2nd only to iphone4's 320 dpi) If I were you, I'd wait until all the devices you're interested in buying come out, then go to your local Sprint carrier and try them out, and see which one you like.

Journeyman

BlackBerry Bold 9930 coming to Sprint and just when?

Bla1ze who is a writer for crackberry.com still maintains on his Crackberry twitter site "Multiple confirmations (again) that Sprint's release date for new BB devices is August 21st-Bla1ze" Both Verizon and T-Mobile are rumored to be releasing thier BB Bold 9900 (T-Mobile) & BB Bold 9930 (Verizon) last two weeks of August. I seriously doubt Sprint would hold off releasing the Bold 9930 or Torch 9850 after September 21st. IMO I think the press release might be more of a generalized announcement of getting BlackBerry OS7 devices in "the Fall" the Curve 9350 is due Sept. 09 and both the BB Bold 9930 and Torch 9850 were scheduled to both release on Sunday August 21st. When I spoke to the rep at the BlackBerry Store in Farmington Hills, MI, he also believed that Sprint will release the Bold 9930 at least around the 21st of August too.

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