BlackBerry Torch 9850 & 9860 show the FCC their internals

By Bla1ze on 28 Jul 2011 01:22 pm EDT

As we inch closer to release of some new BlackBerry smartphones, the FCC is laying their hands all over them as always to be sure they meet approval. This time around the BlackBerry Torch 9850 / 9860 are under the microscope and while no secrets are held within the documents, they do lend some confirmation to which carriers will be picking the device up. As it stands right now -- the different models listed at the FCC have the frquencies onboard for CDMA (Sprint, Verizon) as well as GSM (AT&T, Rogers) and GSM AWS (WIND, T-Mobile) so as expected, all major carriers are covered. Now, if we could just get them on store shelves the BlackBerry World would be a happier place.

Source: FCC; via: Engadget

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BlackBerry Torch 9850 & 9860 show the FCC their internals


No, that is more than likely a CAD rendering in which the colors were inserted for easier part identification. If you have them all one color, you wouldn't be able to see the individual pieces as easily.

According to the Engadget article, the "RDH71CW supports GSM / EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2000, likely pegging this as a Verizon and / or Sprint global phone..."

The pearl 9100 says hello! I remember it launching with all t-mobile freq and every rep and manager saying it was coming. How did that play out? I was a pearl fan before my now bold 9780. Just because it supports a carrier doesn't mean they will offer the phone.

I can't wait for the 9850! This is great news, although I'd hoped it have been passed already like the 9900/9930 and 9810. I really hope this is coming in mid August.

It is slated to drop on August 21st according to the latest released SKU page from Sprint along with the Bold 9930, but all we have is rumors until an official statement from carriers and/or RIM.

I know patience is a virtue but after all the advance speculation the actual arrival seems like an anticlimax. Enough already, release the things, my 9530 has served me well but then so did my Pinto for a few years way back when.

yeah i have a feeling tomorrow may be a magical day for us crackberry heads. my woman's intuition is tingling with a multi device announcement for tomorrow. i feel it.

Yeah I know. I'm just trying to keep my faith because it wont be to long before I switch over to mango, but I'm hopping they'll release something before mango comes out.

This is great news!!! So maybe these devices will be released by the second quarter of 2012!!!!! Sorry guys, i couldn't resist

I can see the BB Release:

"Blackberry is releasing a family of bold products in multiple form factors so you can interact the way you want..."

And then nothing more. A bunch of praise on how wonderful and powerful the phones are, how they've made a wonderful line. lots of self congratulation.

They'll be ignoring the peole looking perplexed and bewildered as to why there are two torches, why the two identical keyboard models don't have second names (actually third.) No explination on BB7 and why it matters. No way to explain how great BBM6 is (after all, people just figure that all out on their own, right)

If this line (and it looks more and more like we are getting a line instead of individual phones) is not branded and marketed right BB should just go back to the office and start packing.

Of course there's no announcement, some leaks from carriers clearly say that they aim for late august and early september to release these phones. Just wait a month people.

Who cares about RIM announcements anymore? They could say available in Q3 of 2012 or they could say available in two weeks. I think the carrier leaks are strong enough hints to when we should be expecting them.

To all those who are saying, "If they don't release this soon, I'm going to go android/wp7/iphone/nokia/palm/jesus/troll", if you waited until now you either a) don't have enough money to switch out of your contract, or b) you were never going to switch in the first place.

I know its frustrating, but speculating about announcements and second guessing your smartphone needs only makes it more so.

Yes, chiefbroski, thank you. Your thinking here helped "talk me down." Taking a few deep breaths and checking in here once or twice a day will see me through. ;-)

After reading the FCC approved torch 9860 devices, why is there a different one for AT&T and T-mobile and being a Caribbean user which one do I get or it doesn't matter? Thanks for the clarity from whoever will provide it.

So wait I didn't see them mention Bell. Does that mean that Bell will not be carrying the new 9850/9860?