BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming to Sprint May 23rd

Sprint Announces Bold 9650
By Adam Zeis on 26 Apr 2010 01:20 pm EDT

Following up on all of this mornings announcements regarding the Bold 9650, Sprint has dropped a press release of their own. The CDMA carrier will be making the device available for purchase on May 23rd. Less than a month away, but still a bit of a wait for those chomping at the bit. No word from Verizon just yet with a date of their own, but I'm assuming we won't have to wait much longer for an official date from them as well.

Press Release

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

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Apr 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --With an extensive array of high-end communications and multimedia features, compact and highly refined design and international roaming capabilities, the new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 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 (, 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 over MMS and popular IM services like BlackBerry(R) Messenger. It also offers easy access to social networking sites like Flickr(R), MySpace(TM) and Facebook(R), with smooth integration, providing a great view of what's happening both personally and professionally.

"BlackBerry Bold 9650 extends Sprint's position of offering the best portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones in the industry with a powerful mobility tool for those who want to stay connected, both domestically and abroad," said Fared Adib, vice president - Product Development, Sprint. "Our customers will appreciate its fast Web browsing, downloads and streaming as well as social media and productivity enhancing applications. This is an ideal smartphone for juggling busy personal and professional lives."

"The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a sophisticated and feature-rich smartphone with uncompromising performance that lets you stay connected to the people and content that matter most, whether at home or travelling the world," said David Smith, vice president of Handheld Product Management, RIM.

In addition to top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone comes with BlackBerry(R) 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:

* Access to up to 10 supported email accounts (including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo!(R), Windows Live(TM) Hotmail(R), AOL(R) and Gmail(TM)), plus BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server support offering advanced security and IT administration capabilities for corporate deployments
* Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi(R) (802.11 b/g)
* 3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording
* Advanced media player for enjoying pictures, video and music
* 512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB microSDHC cards, with a 2 GB microSD card included
* 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
* Support for the Bluetooth(R) stereo headsets (A2DP/AVCRP)
* Sprint Music Store, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV(R), Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile
* BlackBerry(R) App World(TM) for access to thousands of applications

The 3G Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) have twice the coverage of AT&T's current 3G network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile's current 3G network, both based on square miles1.

According to Sprint performance data, Sprint Mobile Broadband connections are successfully connected and maintained better than 99 out of 100 times. According to a recent independent network test conducted by PC World, no one has a more reliable network than Sprint based on a recent 13 city 3G performance test 2.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 for most customers requires activation on an Everything Data plan or a Business Advantage Messaging and Data plan. Additional plan options are available for business customers. For just $69.99 per month, Sprint's affordable Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited calling with any U.S. wireless user, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited Web, email and social networking, and unlimited GPS navigation for the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for unlimited talk only. Sprint Everything Data plans also automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program, which provides annual device upgrades, discounted accessories and other benefits.

Sprint's Simply EverythingSM plan offers nationwide unlimited calling, unlimited text and unlimited data, including email, social networking, Web browsing, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, Sprint Football Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, for only $99.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges). That is a $480 savings over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone(R) plan3. (Prices exclude taxes and surcharges. Both Everything Data and Simply Everything plans are available to existing customers without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.)

International Travel

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(R) data services including email, apps and Web browsing in nearly 150 countries.

Sprint offers clear value and simplicity with its Worldwide BlackBerry(R) service plan. The Worldwide BlackBerry plan gives customers unlimited BlackBerry email and Web access in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other locations using CDMA technology, and with UMTS and EDGE/GSM/GPRS carriers abroad where Sprint has applicable roaming agreements. The plan is available to corporate customers for $69.99 per month, or an additional $40 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges) as an attachable to Simply EverythingSM, Everything Data, Everything Data Family or Business Advantage with Messaging and Data plans.

Sprint international voice roaming rates range from $0.59 to $5.99 per minute, depending on where customers are calling. Customers making frequent calls while in Canada can take advantage of a specific service plan for $2.99 per month which allows calls to be made and received at $0.20 per minute. Additional pricing plans are available exclusively to enterprise customers.

Customers also have the option of using a third-party SIM for international voice and data services.

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Reader comments

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Coming to Sprint May 23rd


Im sure its launch will be similar to the Tour's, wait up till midnight, order it online and then wait for your email confirmation telling you that it's been back ordered.

Wonder how good sells will be with the release of the EVO coming shortly after the Bold (Tour 2)is dropped.

Totally Agree .... Blackberry has disappointed me long enough. I too will wait for the HTC EVO and lay my days of being a Blackberry fanboy to rest. The EVO is undenaible.

im cool w/the speed of my blackberry tour, i'm also cool w/the trackball it's more accurate. also good w/the memory currently using a 16gb micro sd card and only 8gb is in use... Now, why would I want this blackberry again??? iPhone here i conme

Awwwwww man its going to be a good release but I'm going to wait and see what problems its going to have because no phone is flawless I'm going to hold out on my upgrade until Christmas the bold is going to be on sale. By then there not going to fool me this time lol

Going to wait to see what the EVO has to offer, if I can't get into the full touch screen, then I will have this device. Personally, my excitement for this device quickly went away when I heard about the EVO.

It does not have the gsm 3g radio (us frequencies anyway), on GSM it runs on edge which means you can't do voice and data at the same time.

I will be online Sunday morning gettin-r-ordered!! SO tired of the trackball on my Tour and am glad it's going away!

9650 here I come. I've been hanging with the 8130 since Thanksgiving 2007 and now find the phone compelling enough to give up the smaller form factor. How about the Webkit Browser? Will this device support it???!

But it probably will not ship with OS 6.0, and from Kevin's post means you won't be getting the webkit until
A: it leaks or
B: Sprint passes an Official 6.0

Should launch with it I mean come on, get with the program.

I am surprised nobody mentioned $199 AFTER rebate. How many of us will shell out $299 plus tax for this with the EVO right around the corner? And that brings up the next point, how much will the EVO retail for.

Sprint really needs to be a bit more competitive on phone pricing.

They should've priced the same price the Tour has now, $99 after rebate.

I would not pay $200 for a phone that is exactly the same as the 9630 and might spend extra to get a EVO 4G instead.

I am getting the Incredible because I dont know what summer release means for Sprint but after I am done at Verizon its back to Sprint

Good Byeeeee RIM and your sorry ass OS and phone features

I cant believe they think they are going to sell, when their $100 more than the Tour and for what, WiFi, a little more memory and a trackpad for what $5-10 dollars in extra parts. Pass here bring on the Evo...byebye BB.

This is a true sign that RIM must change we are a few voices that stand for many!!!

RIM do what is right and I will once again be addicted.

I agree with the majority here. I truly hope someone from RIM reviews these forums. Stop releasing weak upgrades to blatantly extort your loyal users or you will have no users left. I've been a huge defender of BlackBerry, but as a Sprint Tour owner, I'm offended by this "upgrade."

I'm looking for function and innovation..EVO here I come.

I agree with pretty much with what everybody has said. I'm a current tour owner, and have nothing but problems with my trackball, I'm not even going to bother trying to replace it, I will be waiting on the EVO 4G, and I will be done with blackberry forever. I can't wait woo hoo :]

so if sprint is cdma and its 3G/4G why can't our 1XEV say 3G insted? Why can't we talk and surf the web at the same time? Its 3g right?

3G refers more to a reference speed/bandwidth of the connection. Think of it as Beta vs VHS... they both did basically the same thing, but they're different ways of doing it. Unfortunately, the way that Verizon and Sprint rolled out their particular version of 3G (i.e., their "Beta" to ATT's "VHS") you can't do simultaneous voice and data on those networks' 3G. You still get 3G data speeds, but the particular radio in the phone can't juggle that and voice at the same time.

Sadly, I've read a few places that the particular technology they used (EV-DO) actually could have handled it, but both companies chose not to roll it out that way. =( I'm not sure if this is true of the existing EV-DO infrastructure, or if it's part of the next upgrade (EV-DO Rev B, which both companies decided to forgo in order to start rolling out differing 4G technologies)...

Am I the only one that thinks this phone is at least a $100 over priced? Reminds me of when the Bold first came out for AT&T and they were selling it for $299. I sure hope Radio Shack can come up with a better price point for this like they usually do for most sprint phones over what sprint sells them for. If not, I guess I will have to wait for the next BB phone with a better camera and front facing one too :) Come on RIM, 3.2 mega-pixels is what my Storm had in November 2008.

Did the press release really say:

"BlackBerry Bold 9650 extends Sprint's position of offering the best portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones in the industry....."

Even as a Sprint Fanboy and part time help, I can't swallow that load of monkey dung. Every American Cell Phone company (that has over 10 million subscribers) has a better selection of BlackBerry smartphones than Sprint does.

I think RIM is on crack! I want a EVO 4G in Blackberry Device. I can give two shakes about the Touchy Feely screen but 8MP cammera Mobile HotSpot 1GHZ processort BIg Sticking screen Wifi Like always Sprint and RIM are on two different Planets either that GOogle and SPrint are in cohots!!! There somthing fishy going here!

For all of you long time Blackberry loyalists, you may want to give the EVO or any Android device time to mature a little. I'm currently on a Motorola Droid and I can't stand they thing. Android has a lot of growing up to do yet and it's only apparent once you start using the device on a daily basis. I'll be switching to Sprint with the BB 9650 once it comes out simply for things like cut/paste that actually works where you want it, call history logs, adding calendar events without hassle (come on google, it's your phone and your calendar, you would think they work together well), adding contacts without confusion (see calendar), and a laundry list of items we take for granted that just work on BBs. The EVO and other Android and iPhones have a long way to go before they reach the level of productivity that my BBs have always provided me. Simply put, if you want a tool for business and personal life, get a BB. If you want a toy, get something else.

I just ordered my 9650 online at It's available to Premier customers NOW! ONE WEEK EARLY! It's $299.99 plus tax ($449.99 retail) after the $150 upgrade discount, and $199.99 after the $100 mail-in rebate. Way to go Sprint!