AT&T announces 4G BlackBerry portfolio

By Bla1ze on 3 Aug 2011 05:30 am EDT
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AT&T BlackBerry fans can now breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the BlackBerry Torch 9810, BlackBerry Bold 9900 as well as the BlackBerry Torch 9860 will all be making their way to AT&T. Looking for the full details? Read on past the break for the full press release.

Press Release

AT&T Announces 4G BlackBerry Portfolio

Exclusive 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 to Precede 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and New, 4G, All-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860

Dallas, Texas, August 03, 2011

Key Facts

  • AT&T* today outlined plans for its future portfolio of 4G BlackBerry smartphones including the exclusive 4G BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, planned to be launched in August.
  • Also planned for 2011, AT&T customers will have the opportunity to select the 4G BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and the 4G, all-touch, BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860.
  • AT&T’s premium BlackBerry lineup will be capable of speeds up to nearly four times the network speed capability of previous models, so you can talk and surf even faster on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.

4G BlackBerry Torch 9810

Exclusive to AT&T customers, the next-generation 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware features and the new BlackBerry® 7 OS delivering an enhanced multimedia experience. It features the signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard that easily slides out to allow fast typing and a full touch screen display, and delivers high-speed 4G capabilities. The 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 is planned to be available in August.

The new 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 smartphone boasts significant hardware improvements including a 1.2GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording, 8 gigabytes of onboard storage and a high resolution, 3.2-inch touch display powered by BlackBerry Liquid Graphics™ technology to deliver an incredibly fast, smooth and responsive visual experience.

A powerful evolution of the BlackBerry software, BlackBerry 7 OS delivers speed, efficiency and UI enhancements and enables new hardware capabilities, including HD video recording, more fluid and responsive graphics, digital compass, and augmented reality. Browsing with the new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones is up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones**.

AT&T BlackBerry Smartphone Portfolio


In addition to the 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810, AT&T plans to also add even more 4G-capable versions of  BlackBerry smartphones to its portfolio later this year including the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the 4G, all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860, which will be AT&T’s first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone.

Quotes         

“BlackBerry customers are passionate about their smartphones – and they know to come to AT&T for the best choice,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “From being the first carrier to offer the BlackBerry solution in 1999 to the broadest lineup of 4G-capable BlackBerry smartphones this year, we’ll continue to offer our customers the leading BlackBerry portfolio in the U.S.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Requires BlackBerry 7 OS. Testing was performed by RIM in July 2011 and measured average page load speeds using pre-release BlackBerry 7 software.

4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G device. Learn more at att.com/network.

Important Information: Limited-time offer. Mobile broadband coverage and other coverage not available in all areas. See coverage map at store for details. Two year agreement with qualifying voice plan and a minimum $15 a month smartphone data plan required. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address within AT&T's owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activation fee applies. Equipment price and availability may vary by market and may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose additional fees. Other conditions and restrictions apply. See contract for details. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

© 2011 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

61 comments

williamtsims

YESSS!! Finally! I can't wait to get that Bold!

camera531

Availability dates!!? Is that really asking for too much!!?

zoomlink1

Great! This made my day!

RevyRah

Thank you kindly for this. Even though we knew it was already coming to AT&T, it's nice to get official confirmation. These phones will release soon enough.

buckwild

I can't wait to get my hands on a 9860 !

camera531

Same, but later this year!? What the hell!

buckwild

I'm guessing black friday for the 9860

MaxPayne79

my ni*ga bla1ze on top of his ish again at 5am!! you crazy, man. BUT, today ain't like any other day thats fo sho as Adam says lol. @blackberry and @uk_blackberry are blowing up my twitter feed...this never happens at this time. It's gonna be a fun ride today. and on that note, im going to bed, LOL.

Have a fabuberry day my fellow nerds. ;)

adinx

I'm a lil confused. Does this mean that the upcoming Blackberry Bold 9900 is a 4G phone or there would be a 4G version of the Blackberry Bold 9900?

MaxPayne79

it should be a 4G phone. all the gsm ones are the same speed.

Fnord

Keep in mind they're talking about the 'fake' HSPA+ 4G (that used to be clasified as 3.5G), none of the BB7 devices support true 4G (eg LTE or WiMax)

nikkisharif

+1

It drives me nuts that AT&T & T-Mo advertise HSPA+ as 4G & they have people that don't know the difference thinking they're buying a 4G device...SMDH

sevusal

We know they are coming but when!!!

MaxPayne79

that will probs come later today. if not then just go by the leaked info. it's ur best bet. august 16th was the torch touch i think.

Joe257

Bla1ze up at 5:30 am to report on this news??? Talk about dedication!

AT&T fails to specify a date for the 9900 and 9860 though. Obviously, RIM hasn't given them one just yet. Perhaps this evening, RIM will make this clearer. Still this is good news that the 9810 Torch will also be released in August.

I want a 9860 bad! It's finally time to retire my old Storm 1 device. Yesssss!

andino

AT&T probably already has the phones. Its up to them when they want to release. RIM has done it's part

camera531

When!!? They announced what we already knew and left out what we actually need! It'll be almost 4 months between announcement and release of the 9900. Will it now be four more for the 9860!!?

D_shak

I love waking up to good news.

HofstraJet

Anyone know if TMO's 9900 will be 4G? Tired of hearing about them having the largest 4G network when they never got 3G right (I can't make a 3G call on my 9780 without being dropped to GPRS). Is TMO's 4G on a different band from AT&T's like 3G is?

EDIT: Ehhh....never mind. Reading further down the blogs I see that TMO's is 4G: http://crackberry.com/further-confirmation-blackberry-bold-9900-t-mobile...

nikkisharif

AT&T's version isn't 4G either...it runs on HSPA+ which isn't really 4G.

MrLynd54

BlackBerry Bold 9900, YESS!!!!

kevinnugent

Did anyone else notice the word "exclusive"?

Sosa-22

Umm correct me if I am wrong...but Engadget is reporting that the only phone coming out this month is the Torch and that the Bold will be introduced later this year???????

Xterra2

yes true on AT&T 9810 would come this month and the 9900,9850 later this year
on AT&t only not all carriers try and read well pls

kevin620627

I hope verizon shows us some love today.

Slammers08

Torch 2 is looking better each day! I want one just because sprint and verizon can't have it lol!

mommytina

I'm like a lot of you patiently waiting for the latest device. I'm most looking forward to the 9860! Bring it!!! Oh btw: g'morning fellow bb users! Enjoy your day! xoxoxo (9700)

john_v

Who's waiting patiently? Right now I'm about as impatient as they get!!!! :)

Bahrutile

with this, i will switch to sprint, the idea that AT&T are calling this "4G" just means they can make me give up my grandfathered in unlimited data plan with them... i think it is time to switch over to sprint, they should have the 9930 well before AT&T release it

cnl2003

No, you still get to keep your data plan. My boyfriend, who is not a BB fan, just upgraded from a iPhone 3GS to a Motorola Atrix and had no problem keeping his unlimited data even though one was 3G and one was 4G.

sommerface

Yay! New year I get a new blackberry!

tr0n

Hi @sommerface,

Douglas from RIM here. Happy to hear a new BlackBerry is in your future!

Each of our new smartphones have their own strengths, but all rock the new BlackBerry 7 OS – providing faster and smoother web browsing, multi-touch capability, voice activated universal search, as well as the ability to manage and keep separate your personal and business content with BlackBerry Balance.

Which one are you leaning towards getting next? When you can, we'd love for you to share your favorite – either here, or even on Twitter (@BlackBerry) or Facebook (http://bbry.lv/bdmrXv).

Cheers,

Douglas, RIM Social Media Team

raskal1130

A sigh of relief is an understatement, haha. Thanks for the info, I have been waiting for the Bold 9900 since the Bold 9000 came out. Now we just need an official date, which should be very soon, and pricing for at&t. Hopefully that price for T-Mobile was fake.

saporro2004

...later this year for the 9900 when other carriers are releasing this month? i've been off contract waiting for the new phones from BB. I'm switching from At&t to someone who can actually get me the phone before my current on dies!

roninksb

Looks like the Torch2 is a AT&T exclusive again. It is the only one announced without a dual product number.

jlb21

4g......really? way to spin things AT&T......

joeldf

No kidding. What a joke. Even RIM doesn't actually call these "4G phones". HSPA+ is still 3G technology.

Although, admittedly, T-Mobile started it all by saying HSPA+ was 4G first. AT&T figured they'd follow suit.

jdauria

Nice to read this article so early in the morning. Switched my BB Torch to Android.... :( but my Android phone just broke, so please ATT release the BB Bold 9900 soon so I can come back!

westex#WP

My beloved 9900 is "planned for 2011"?!?!?!? WTF!!!!! I want the 9900 NOW! Why does AT&T have an exclusive on a phone they have had exclusively for over a year now?

Excited for the new phones, but having to wait longer for the 9900 is bullshit.

cl8baller

NOW! We're getting somewhere.

The Fuzz 53

What is this 4G nonsense they're spouting off about? None of these phones do LTE.

ghbrumbaugh#IM

This would be interesting if I wasn't still stuck with EDGE only coverage! Come on AT&T!

Amy wineBerry

So the 9860 to AT&T...now I don't know if I'll get the 9900 or the 9860. It feels good to have real options.

BerryPotter

What about the Bold 9790 (Bellagio)? Has RIM confirmed that it will actually go into production?

Dstokes06

Yes its coming out later this year, bit GSM and CDMA networks. My guess is T-Mobile first

JMDBERRY

Hmm, looks promising, but if none of the new BBs do 'Flash',...I'm skipping!

JMD

snowindec9

at&t you finally answered the call but i need dates please. announcing is not enough.the dates seal the deal.

kthhrrsn

YES!!!!!!!!!! There's hope for RIM yet! The specs on these look decent. I just may have to stick with BB, which has always been my favorit smartphone! I'm getting a bit sick of my Storm 2, so I've been waiting for BB to get its act together and come up with some devices to match Google & Applie capabilities! I do wish these had front facing cameras & were hot spot capable, but I can live without those features...for now!

Thanks for the 411!

penn3131

I've been loyal to BlackBerry for six years but it's going to be hard to wait for the Bold 9900 if it doesn't launch before the IPhone 5. It's hard to understand (from a consumer point of view) why you have a May announcement for a phone that still has no official launch date? I'm not bashing RIM or sucking up to Apple but you have to give Apple their due when it comes to marketing, they don't seem to be so fragmented. The Bold should be the first device released by all carriers at the same time with $199 contract pricing at the most if they are interested in regaining market share in the U.S. (amazing all of RIM's biggest supporters see this but for some reason they don't).

dosto

Well, on the bright side, if ATT does indeed buy TMO, at least I know I have all 3 BB devices to choose from.

joeberrymomma

Count me in on the 9900. Agree that this should be the first phone released. It will be unique enough to compete against the next Android and Iphone 5. Conspiracy theory number 9: Apple has convinced AT&T to delay the 9900 release. LOL!

birdman_36

Apple tells carriers what to do so that is possible.

BBsnub

No flash...no thanks. I switched my Torch to the Atrix and after being a BB advocate for years and years, these new BB phones just continue to disappoint and miss the boat again. Thanks BB but no thanks. I will be skipping these.

crackcookie

I hear a lot of complaining about 4G, it is '4G' because the standards have been lowered. ATT was forced to do this, everyone else was talking about 4G. Sprint's 4G is nothing special, Verizon's is nice but not country wide yet, and Tmobile boasted about it for no reason. So did you expect ATT to sit there?

Phones look great, can't wait until the Bold is released. All glitz aside I think I want the bold because of the keyboard or maybe the Storm