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
• Price plans to include Everything Data plans with Any Mobile Anytime
This is GREAT NEWS. Good job getting this news out before Verizon also. New phones and great plans, Sprint is moving in all the right directions.
The Bold 9650 is not a 4G device. However if you pair it with the 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot over WiFi it can use the 4G connection provided by the Overdrive (assuming you are in a 4G area of course).
Is there any way to get a list of what Sprint stores in a given area will have this phone on May 23rd or sometime there after?
I ask because my local stores did not have the Tour when it first came out. It took them 2-3 weeks for it to arrive. I hope its not the same situation, but imagine it will be.
Since I'm eligible for an upgrade from my 8330, I'm wondering what my upgrade price will be. I was planning to upgrade to the 8530, but was waiting for the release of the 9650. Now that it's almost here...a couple more weeks sounds fine to me.
So, as I understand the way the Premier Members Program works, we should be able to upgrade (if eligible) to the BB Bold 9650 for $49.99, after the $100 mail-in rebate and the $150 upgrade credit. Am I correct? Will we be able to pre-order the 9650?