The BlackBerry Bold 9900 makes its way to China

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 makes its way to China
By DJ Reyes on 27 Jul 2012 09:12 am EDT

Research In Motion's flagship device, the BlackBerry Bold 9900, has made its way in the China. The sleek and sexy Bold model, with its buttery smooth keyboard, will come already preinstalled with BlackBerry OS 7.1. It includes the ability to use the device as a mobile hotspot, as well as being able to make use of the BlackBerry Device Analyzer, which allows you to monitor applications on your BlackBerry. You can check out our how-to guide for to find out more.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is available from RIM authorised retailers and you can get the full list of those stores on the China BlackBerry website. No prices have been confirmed so please check your local retailer for this information.

For more information on purchasing the Bold 9900 in China 

Press Release

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Smartphone Launches in China 

Beijing, China - July 26, 2012 -- Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today launched the BlackBerry® BoldTM 9900 smartphone in China.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet and offers the perfect combination of a high-performance keyboard and touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. It also comes with the new BlackBerry® 7.1 OS (operating system).

"We're pleased to work with our partners to bring the top-of-the-line BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone to customers in China," said Urpo Karjalainen, Regional Managing Director, Asia Pacific, at Research In Motion. "The BlackBerry Bold 9900 delivers outstanding performance along with exceptional email and messaging capabilities, fast web browsing, rich multimedia and access to a wide range of apps. In addition, we believe Chinese customers will appreciate the industry-leading keyboard and popular Chinese input options provided by the new BlackBerry Bold 9900."

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 continues the tradition of delivering the world's best mobile communications experience. It features a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging, multimedia and business apps to keep customers connected and productive throughout the day. It also features access to BlackBerry App WorldTM, which includes many apps localized for Chinese customers.

BlackBerry 7.1 OS

With the BlackBerry 7.1 OS, customers can turn their BlackBerry smartphone into a mobile hotspot that can be shared by up to 5 Wi-Fi® -enabled devices, including laptops and tablets*.

In addition, the BlackBerry 7.1 OS takes advantage of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone's built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a technology that is enabling many new and exciting capabilities, including the ability to make mobile payments, pair accessories or read SmartPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

The BlackBerry® Tag app is also included, allowing customers to easily share information and content in a convenient new way. By simply tapping their NFC enabled BlackBerry Bold 9900 against another NFC enabled BlackBerry smartphone, customers can instantly invite a friend to BlackBerry® Messenger (BBMTM) or exchange contact information, documents, URLs, photos and other multimedia content. They can also pair their BlackBerry smartphone with another NFC enabled Bluetooth® device.

The BlackBerry 7.1 OS introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser that is among the best in the industry. Combining the dramatically improved performance of the advanced browser together with the powerful hardware enhancements of the BlackBerry Bold 9900 means that browsing results are up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6-based smartphones and up to twice as fast as BlackBerry® 5-based smartphones**. Additional enhancements to this next-generation BlackBerry browser also include optimized zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

For more information about the BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone, please visit: A list of RIM authorized retailers can be found at:

* Please check availability with your service provider. Additional data plan may be required.

** Testing was performed by RIM to measure average page load speeds using pre-release BlackBerry 7 software.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market Exchange (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit or

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Reader comments

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 makes its way to China


That's not the key point. The key is these is no such a good Chinese input Apps for BB OS. RIM should pay more attention to it.

Why did it take so long for the best device RIM has to offer to make it into the biggest market in the world? Seems like someone dropped the ball there a little.

Ya! (you beat me!)

Someone seriously dropped the ball! If the competition (Android, Apple) have their latest devices already in China, the 9900 will start to look old. What a missed opportunity!

It could have something to do with RIM's device security. The Chinese government might want to evesdrop on its citizens from time to time, knowing how much they tightly regulate everything. Just a thought.

...I think this had a lot to do with it...wasn't there another country (middle east escapes me for some reason) that didn't want BB's in the country for that very reason?...

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BlackBerry PlayBook O/S 2.xx.xxxx

I thought the 9900 would have been in China a long time ago. However, if it's just getting into that market we should all celebrate. I think this would attest to the fact that RIM is still making positive strides despite all the negatives of recent times.

Why did it take 12 months to launch the 9900 in China? Is the Samsung Galaxy SII & SIII in China?

There will be no competition in China at that high price 5298RMB, which is higher than Apple or most of Android devices. Also BlackBerry Apps are too few for Chinese users.
The most attractive function BIS is not very useful for Chinese because it is expansive.
The last and most important thing is RIM never cared about Chinese market before and 9900 is too late.
Most of Chinese BBers are waiting for BB10's coming if it will be released in the future.

I don't think it's too late. If I were living in a communist country, or the middle east where the government likes to spy on citizens I would want a Blackberry. I'm sure the citizens of such countries are painfully aware of the risks.

You are definitely wrong. Chinese don't care safety too much. They only care the price and usability.

I think the Bold 9900 is the perfect device for Rim to get a toe hold in China with. I think it it will do quite well in peaking the curiosity of Chinese consumers and corporations. Should send them some new Playbooks as well.

I couldn't agree more. But do you know that there is no Chinese OS version and even official Chinese input method for PB? Actually there are so many PB fans in China. They are painful for RIM's this unbelievable behavior.

Anything better to do? Why are you here? Come on, give people a chance. To shit all over a great blog entry, is a new low.

I'm glad the 9900 entered china, now people have another choice of device to use, another platform with security and excellent e-mail, messaging and multimedia.

I have two words for ya disrespectful diskers: FUCK OFF.

Alas.....the "KGB of" is still going strong trying to set the "dissidents" straight !

The size of the Chinese market means RIM should have had a more serious look in sooner than later but with qwertys it is not so easy.
With BB10 they will have to give it a more serious go.

The problem is there are too many apps that most chinese people use they can't find on  .
Also BIS here in china is too expensive for them.
So don't expect too much

The problem is there are too many apps that most chinese people use they can't find on  .
Also BIS here in china is too expensive for them.
So don't expect too much