BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 heading to Sprint this fall

By Adam Zeis on 3 Aug 2011 12:45 pm EDT

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Sprint users rejoice! Both the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 will be heading to you sometime this fall. Sprint announced today that the two devices will be added to their lineup in the coming months and while no specific dates were mentioned, you hopefully won't have to wait that much longer to get your hands on one. Having two options does make it a difficult choice however. Which one will you be choosing? Sound off in the comments. Keep reading for the full press release.

America's First BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Coming to Sprint This Fall

BlackBerry Bold 9930 boasts thinnest design and widest QWERTY on a BlackBerry smartphone; BlackBerry Torch 9850 will be the first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone for Sprint customers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Aug. 3, 2010 - Sprint (NYSE: S) announced an expansion of its robust portfolio of BlackBerry® smartphones with the fall availability of America's first two BlackBerry® 7 smartphones - BlackBerry® BoldTM 9930 and BlackBerry® TorchTM 9850 from Research In Motion (RIM). Specific pricing and availability will be provided closer to availability.

Both new smartphones are powered by the next-generation BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 7, a performance-driven operating system designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity. Both smartphones also feature Liquid GraphicsTM technology, a key new feature powered by BlackBerry 7 to deliver incredibly fast, smooth performance and a highly responsive touchscreen experience. They are also both powered by a 1.2GHz processor, offer 5MP cameras and are World Phone capable.

"Sprint's incredibly loyal BlackBerry customers will appreciate the benefits of the BlackBerry 7 user experience on these two new smartphones - BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850," said Fared Adib, vice president - Product Development, Sprint. "BlackBerry 7 is an evolution that extends the ability to support our customers domestically and internationally as they juggle their busy personal and professional lives with one easy-to-use device. We are excited to continue our strong relationship with RIM through these new powerful devices."

Two options - Super Thin or Full Touchscreen

At just 10.5mm thick, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever. It features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the widest QWERTY keyboard available on a BlackBerry smartphone and a trackpad for easy navigation.

Key features of BlackBerry Bold 9930 include:

• BlackBerry® service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations
• DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
• BlackBerry App WorldTM, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
• BlackBerry® PlaybookTM support with BlackBerry BridgeTM (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
• Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices over a very short distance
• Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applications

The sleek BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone will be the first full-touch BlackBerry smartphone from Sprint. It features a spectacular, new 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, and trackpad for easy navigation.

Key features of BlackBerry Torch 9850 include:

• BlackBerry® service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations
• DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
• BlackBerry App World, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
• BlackBerry® PlaybookTM support with BlackBerry BridgeTM (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
• Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applications

Enhancing the Experience with BlackBerry 7

BlackBerry 7 introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is up to 40 percent faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100 percent faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones1.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphones also feature Liquid Graphics technology, with each smartphone combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high-resolution display to deliver an incredibly fast, smooth and responsive visual experience.

Building upon the Universal Search feature introduced in BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 expands the capability to include voice-activated search. This new capability makes it easier and more convenient to search for content on the smartphone or web.

BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry® BalanceTM, which separates personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook®, Twitter®, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being copied or forwarded to personal contacts.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 use the Sprint 3G Network domestically and offer World Phone capability for international travel to nearly anywhere in the world. Sprint customers have the power to make or receive phone calls in more than 185 countries and access to BlackBerry® data services, including email, apps and web browsing in nearly 150 countries. Customers also have the option of using a third-party SIM for international voice and data services.

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BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 heading to Sprint this fall


Very disappointed to see them announce FALL. I was hoping for late August to early September at the latest.

As per a tweet from CB yesterday: "@Crackberry Multiple confirmations (again) that Sprints release date for new BB devices is Aug 21st - Bla1ze"
So, we might still have a shot at the 21st, but I am taking the approach of believing it when I see it at this point.

Price? Will be interesting if they follow suit with AT&T rumored pricing. I hope not. Otherwise I assume VZW will be right there behind them all with an overpriced phone.

What is AT&T'S rumored price? I have only seen the leaked info of T-Mobile supposedly listing it at $299 on a 2-year contract.

Well screw it now.. If it's going to be late fall I will just stick with my 9650 Bold till QNX comes out. If this phone was released this month I'd have no problem at all paying full for it and then using upgrade for a QNX device. I'm not gonna get this phone for just a few months use out of it and then have the possibility of QNX come out shortly after.

Fully agree. I'm holding onto my Tour and my next Sprint upgrade until the QNX phones are out.

I can't see anything revolutionary about the new Bold, except the touchscreen and I have that on my Playbook.

Serves you right for getting a Tour in the first place.

i know it's harsh, but hey...I've taken more flak as a Storm fan.

"In the coming months"!! Very disappointing. I was expecting the 3rd week in August. Could be 3 months from now! Not exactly the big rollout that RIM was boasting!

Sprint is just not ready for the millions of people that will be making lines for the phones.... Oh wait, I confused it with the iPhone.

Not necessarily, RIM might not have enough production units ready yet. Who knows? But it's kind of unbelievable. They needed to push these out this month. Just announcing them isn't enough. It's already been 3 months since the 9900 announcement,

They waited until after the iPad 2 to launch the Playbook (BAD call). Now they'll wait until after the iPhone 5 to launch these (another BAD call). One step forward, two steps back! Very disappointing.

I doubt it. The carriers are usually the ones sitting on phones, OS updates and the like.

Big deal they waited to launch the Playbook after the iPad. If they ran the same OS I would see it as an issue, but they don't. If they both ran Android I would expect them to beat out each other in the launch. I waited to buy a tablet because the first is not the best.

I'm a blackberry die-hard, don't get me wrong, but launching these this late, after the iPhone 5 and more dual core Androids is going to hurt overall sales very badly. You'd be naive to think otherwise. I will still get the 9850, but a lot of potential buyers will now pass.

Will now pass and do what? Wait another three years for something better? I'm definitely getting the 98xx, can't wait. Sure I'm just as disappointed with RIM for the late release of a product that's arguably behind others, but it's still leaps ahead for the company itself.

I agree with this. Obviously you can't always wait for something better because most likely everything in the future will be better. If you like something, get it. But I just don't find it reasonable to wait for the "next best thing" because once you have that, you're gonna want the "next best thing."

I don't think so. I know alot of people that had a Droid and dumped it for a BB because the battery life sucked. I actually have a 9650 and also a work issued Droid (which should be renamed Dead). People ultimately will choose the phone that fits them. The iPhone does not fit me and I am sure many others out there as well. I think RIM gets it now - they snoozed for two years and took a hit. I think launching these phones now knowing new phones with QNX will be coming in the not too distant future is fine.

RIM needs to kick ass in marketing.

The chicken little syndrome needs to stop.

I agree whole heartedly!

I can't wait for QNX, but I don't think we'll see it for at least another one and a half years. Hopefully sooner if RIM get's down to business... but we'll see.

Yes, I'm pondering whether to go for an 18 month contract or a 2 year (UK, not Sprint) as I seriously wonder whether a QNX qwerty will be here within 18 months.

It happening. I don't see the QNX phone being ready by then. The upside of being a blackberry fan is that when you finally get the product it is second to none for what I need. The downside (and realistic part) is that if they promise to have something new out within 18 months, grab whats available now becuase you will not see it any sooner and even on time.

Like I said. One advantage they will always have if they stick to the same format is my business but I will never hold my breath for the next.

Looks like Sprint is out of the running for my business, it's down to staying on Verizon, or going to TMobile!

I have a feeling that RIM isn't too happy with Verizon. Verizon basically dumped RIM for Android a few months back and look now, Android's return rate is said to be at 40%! Screw you Verizon!

Seriously? You really think Android's return rate is 40%? If that was true, they'd be damn near out of business because no one would wanna sell their phones. I swear people believe anything!!!! Just like the AT&T 9900 is 4G...LOL

Just an FYI...I own a Blackberry!!!

Don't panic yet. The Sprint representative we spoke to said they are scheduled for August 23rd. At least for business.
It is possible that the full touch screen could come later but the Bold should be out this month.

Our company is dropping their droids (nice but battery life makes them useless to us) and it will be nice to get back to a keyboard.

If Verizon comes and says that this phone doesn't come out till Fall, I may as well wait and see what the new iPhone may have to offer. I had one before and didn't like it, but the new one is supposed to have a little bigger display. But I really wanted the new BB for the keyboard.

I still love my Tour and can wait for Verizon when my two years is up this October. I have "seen the light" after jumping to Sprint and AT&T in the past and spending a lot of money dumping them and coming back to Verizon. I hope Verizon comes out with the 9930. I had my eye on HTC Vigor (here about October 15) which will be the next version of the Thunderbolt or the IPhone 5 but the new malware attacks on Android and IPhone restore my hope that RIM can repel much of this.
Speculating that possibly two years with the 9930 would then be time for QNX to evolve as the prototypes will drive on nuts like the first version of the Tour did with me(trackball problems), or like the first Droid that I got for my niece which we now call the "Dread".

this is ridiculous! the 9930 was announced in May, the Torch just now and release sometime in fall? SOMETIME IN FALL? this must be a joke, no foresight on the side of Sprint or RIM. Who's in charge, a bunch of 8th graders? Oh, wait, they would do a better job...

Yea I feel ya. Don't matter on who's end who's not ready to launch this. It's just pure BULL! You officially announce phone in May and then carrier announces for FALL?! LAME! I never seen anything like this from any phone company even with delays!

Really? I think you need to calm down. The HP Pre 3 hasn't even released, and that was "ready to go" back in February, just a couple weeks after HP's own CEO ran his mouth off about not announcing products not ready (source:

You have no choice but to wait, so just wait. It's not something you aren't used to, and no company ever is going to change that. Windows Phone users are still "waiting" for Mango after it was announced late last year. iOS fans are "waiting" on just an announcement for a new iPhone. Android users are "waiting" on Google to take control of the update process to ensure all capable devices receive updates at the same time and not after carrier and OEM intervention. There will always be "wait," so please stop the crying about waiting and go play.

While I fully appreciate the choices from Sprint, I've already spent all summer making the decision (just in case.)
On the go, communication is key. I don't believe there's anything better than the Bold for that purpose. Having a PB for when I have the downtime, I just don't see the need for the Touch Torch.

I'm caught in that same delema. I have a PB, so do I really need another touchscreen? Probably bank for the 9930. But it is nice to see RIM put out what looks to be an awesome touchscreen. If I didn't have the PB, I would be more likely to grab up the Torch. Hard to give up my QWERTY...

Bye Sprint! Yes thats right i would like to cancel all 4 of my lines. Fall is ridiculous with QNX phones coming out next year.

Key statement in the last sentence: "Alas, dates can and often do change but we've got our fingers crossed." This was a leaked SKU page that could have been from anyone at anytime and was subject to change. Also, who's to say that some random person trying to just start a rumor didn't pull up an excel spreadsheet and make this on their home computer. It wouldn't be difficult to find an old sku sheet and just copy the format and put all the upcoming phones on it.

I concur the dates could be subject to change, but I can also tell you first-hand that excel spreadsheet is NOT home-made. I'll leave it at that, and truth is NONE of us will know until you see it for sale on your carrier of choice's website (WITH pricing.)

Yes, I agree that it is real, but I was just stating that it is also a possibility and people shouldn't always get their hopes up over leaked documents because you never know when it was created and where it originated, I am guilty of it from time to time as well for getting my hopes up.

Very cool to see the new Blackberry Balance!!! Great to see the combination of BES and personal together in one physical phone, yet still keep the same security! :)

Very dissapointing, I only expected them until august, sorry guys, I'm done, going to an Android, its just way to fucking much

Sprint keeps making my decision to go elsewhere easier all the time! Hopefully T-Mobile will have the 9860 soon

LOL THIS FALL?? When we've got RIM telling us that the new super QNX phones *should* be out early next year? They can't even give us a solid date anywhere. This company is really a steaming pile of SH*T! If Verizon is the same, iPhone 5 here I come... and it's looking that way anyway seeing that the dam new BB's aren't that impressive.

The AT&T press release states that the Torch will be launched "in August." Sprint says it will have "America's First BlackBerry 7 Smartphones." Truth in advertising or puffery?

Technically they don't say that they will be the first to release "America's First Blackberry 7 Smartphones". They just state that they will have them which is true because it is the first BB7 phones. Just good wording to make it sound one way, but not actually mean it that way.

ZMc1834, you are correct, Sir! I fell for their clever semantics and jumped to the false assumption that they probably wanted me to.

You know what the The Champ says about "assuming"... (reference for the six other people that saw Slammin Salmon)

Will- I am personally ok with this...I'm not due for an upgrade until March, wasted my last one on the style when I decided that my Bold should join me in the pool back in march. Sprint may be taking their time with releasing it, but how long has it been since sprint really had a competitive blackberry? Im really excited that I will have the choice between the 9930 and the 9860, but I will likely go with the Bold since that phone is fucking sexy!

you realize March is leap years away in the tech world? I guarantee you that you won't be interested in a 9930 or 9860 next march...

Will- Well it all depends...unless they plan on releasing something even bigger next year then I am dead set on getting the 98 or 99 series...patience is a virtue...

Apparently, Verizon hasn't finished certifying the new phones just yet. Hence the delay. RIM decided to go ahead anyway. Good decision by RIM. Too bad VRZN!!! Slacker!

this is the crap Sprint replied to my email about release/price details:
'Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding Blackberry Bold 9930.

Currently Sprint announced to launch Blackberry Bold 9930. There is no
estimated time to available for the Blackberry Bold 9930. So i am unable
provide the details of you requested. You will find product and pricing
details on and in promotional information at our retail
stores. We encourage you to watch news reports or monitor our web site
to see if a change in availability occurs.

We value your business and appreciate the opportunity to answer your
questions. Please reply to this email or visit if we can be
of assistance."

this is unacceptable, first we are told 5 months (May to August), now we are told fall...what is this? Really pissed. There is no planning on RIM or Sprint's behalf. How can you announce a device but not get ready to sell it and then lie to the customers and postpone even further and then wonder why the decline in customer base...that's why

What a swift kick to the groin!! FALL !!!!! Seriously????? I don't know what aggravates me more..... the lack of a "release date" by Sprint and/or RIM, or the fact that the unspecified "release date" keeps getting pushed back !! Why is it taking so long to release this phone !! I am on the verge of throwing in the towel......

I was thinking the exact same thing; you beat me to it.

Looks like we are the only optimistic ones. Everyone is jumping to the conclusion that it's going to be November before these show up. I think August is still a pretty reasonable date. Of course Sprint wouldn't release an actual date until all their ducks are in a row. But they might still have a goal date of 8/21 and could very well meet that goal.

I'm quite excited for the 9930 - It'll be the first phone I've bought on upgrade in a while, and the first phone ever bought on launch day. If I have to wait an extra month, it won't kill me. In the end, it's just another gadget. It's core purposes are met with my Style and/or EVO.

Even if it gets delayed, it's nothing to get upset over.

I'm currently using an old 8330 until this one comes out. The only thing that is concerning me is that I'll be in Europe next month and would like the 9930 in my hands before then. If not for the trip, I wouldn't mind waiting.

I'm only using this 8330m because my 9650 is in a drainage ditch. I can't wait to replace it with a 9930. Of course, I'll keep the 8330m as a backup device.

I swear I think people forget that Blackberrys are always delayed which is why they are behind with technology. Stop holding your breath & getting upset about something you have no control over!!! You either want to wait (until who knows when) for the phone to actually be released or you go with something else, the choice is one is forcing you to stay!!!

This is actually perfect for me. My kids just started school so you know what kind of a beast that bill is. If it comes out late September or later it will be perfect. As for the QNX phones, I guarantee that while we are burning holes in the OS7 devices the people will be on here around March of next year either saying "I couldn't wait so I got OS7 anyway" or they will be whining on how QNX is not out yet while the rest of us are rockin o whole lot of OS7 sexiness.

9930 all the way baby.

This is absolutely RIDICULOUS! I am all but convinced that RIM is not interested in gaining back the huge business share that they already have lost. I have several business partners that were counting on those phones in three weeks and I will tell you right now they WILL NOT wait any longer. As for Sprint? Only because of their good unlimited pricing has my business stayed a client. I drop more calls with them though than probably in Uganda. These phones are already pathetically overdue and now another 60-120 day delay? Oh my gosh. I had to buy a Blackberry Style because my overworked Bold finally just conked out and several others are carrying Tours that have had their track balls replaced countless times. There are rumors of a Sprint iphone also in the late fall and I think we will say bye bye to RIM if the iphone comes out anywhere near Christmas. Totally unacceptable RIM/Sprint. Get it together. This is another reason why you guys are falling way, way, behind. I am going to visit the Verizon store soon. Sick of this crap. New Blackberries or we are going to iphones.......whomever can offer them without another DELAY.

I was ready for a late August launch to replace my aging Tour. I'm not waiting for a "fall" launch. That usually means the last week of said season.

How is it that all sorts of carriers are announcing for this month and Sprint is waiting for the new iPhone to drop on VZ or what?

We already know RIM, those QNX phones won't be here for a year o more.

WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need this phone in my life I've been a sprint customer and blackberry customer since I was 16 with the 7130e,8703e,8330,9630 and now the 9650. I've been waiting for this phone since I saw the review for it and now I have to wait so long for it.

Not cool. IF Sprint gets the iPhone late fall as rumored the Torch will have NO chance. I WAS looking forward to the 9930 late this month. Oh well.

Not cool. IF Sprint gets the iPhone late fall as rumored the Torch will have NO chance. I WAS looking forward to the 9930 late this month. Oh well.

Whoop-dee-doo. We knew the brand new bold was coming to Sprint. I would go out and buy one right now, however Sprint or RIM or whoever makes the decision when to release phones is taking forever. Fall, really? I have an HTC Evo and although its a nice phone, I should have known better to get an all touch phone. I need a physical keyboard. Someone needs to light a fire under these companies and get things moving.

I've been upgrade eligible for months and months and nothing has been worth taking the plunge in my opinion till the 9930. If this doesn't come out till November, I'll wait, my contract is up in March. I could pick from any phone on the market then as opposed to only a Sprint one.

So not only will these phones not be out for months but AT&T will being getting the 4G versions even though because they are smartphones Sprint will probably still charge the $10 premium usually reserved for their 4G phones. Even though these will still be 3G on their network. I'm glad Sprint and RIM are finally coming out with some new Blackberrys but I'm so disappointed right now...

There is no such thing as the 4G version of this phone. They might label it as 4G, but HSPA+ is not 4G. Best HSPA+ could be considered is 3.5G.

You're not being charged $10 for 4G, sprint has changed their policy for ANY smart phone owners. Everyone will have to pay $10 if they get a smartphone, this was announced several months ago.

Sprint is really giving RIM a black eye with this delay. Several comments bashing RIM on this, but sprint is the one who has to get it's sh*t together and get this phone out!!

True. But I suppose what I mean to say is that since they are making us pay the 10 bucks anyway we might as well get 4G. But either way I'm not happy about the fee or that we have still have to wait months for these phones. Either way it doesn't look good for Sprint or for RIM. I've been looking to these devices for a while now. I suppose I can wait a little longer to see if they are worth the wait.