Carphone Warehouse to stock three new exclusive BlackBerry 9720 colors

By James Richardson on 25 Sep 2013 07:46 am EDT
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Fancy standing out from the crowd with a BlackBerry 9720? From October, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse will be selling the 9720 in blue, pink and purple. For consumers looking for a low cost BlackBerry, the 9720 is the perfect choice as prices start from only £11.00 per month with no upfront cost. 

While the 9720 may not be as snazzy as the BlackBerry 10 devices, you get what you pay for and if communication is the most important thing for you - the 9720 does it perfectly. 

Carl Cowling, Group Commercial Director, said, “The BlackBerry 9720 brings together the best features of the BlackBerry social messaging experience in a simple and affordable package and is a solid option for anyone looking to purchase a multi-purpose handset. At Carphone Warehouse we stock a wide range of mid and low tier smartphones and have seen a marked increase in the number of customers taking out contracts in this increasingly competitive market.”

If you missed our BlackBerry 9720 review you can catch up here. Anyone tempted wit the new swanky colors? Sound off in the comments. 

Topics: Devices

83 comments

3hb78ftg

So now BlackBerry is going to copy everyone else and start putting out colored phones...

BlackBerry Z...my weapon of choice.

James Richardson

They have offered colors since the 8520 as far as I remember.

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3hb78ftg

I stand corrected but others won't see it that way. It's bad enough that people hardly know BlackBerry exists and now that others are putting out colors...

BlackBerry Z...my weapon of choice.

playbookdrew

Have you never seen a Curve or Pearl? haha

rizaru_rin

No. In fact, they started it first since BlackBerry 8320 and then 8520.

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thedustytaco

Pretty ugly colours if you ask me

ARWestenberger

I'm not a fan of colored phones, but I'm not exactly the target audience for it either. BBOS 7.1 is a great, matured OS and is still good to this day. Although they are still shooting themselves in the foot by not getting rid of OS7 completely and sticking to BB10. People will see this, think " Same old BlackBerry" and assume the other BlackBerrys are just like it and not give it a second thought. Take your own advice guys, move forward. Staying in the past isn't helping anyone.

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Crispin in Waterloo

The reason for retaining BB7 is that it runs in far less memory and a low cost phone has to reduce the expensive parts.

Michael Romano

It's not copying.. Colors cannot be copyrighted.

vgorous

I think you may have just opened up a challenge for apple to do lol.

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tbitar

Wow what's up with the new BlackBerrys why are they still putting out older style.

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noisey_boy

These are selling well in the UK.

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HasKam

Says who? How much is considered "selling well"?

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playbookster

Enough to launch exclusive colours

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FSeverino

lol. Exactly

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Bacon Munchers

The fact that they are selling more legacy designs right now means that there is still demand, therefore, it is important that they support this while tapering off BBOS.

Don't forget that this model has a couple swipe functions (ala BB10), that do help to prepare the user for when/if they end up going to BB10.

d_elkhori

Cool classic

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felixlives

Stop wasting time on these things BlackBerry

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PhilipDZ

Garbage phone.

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NotGoodIMO

While BB10 is good, it has been a total failure. In fact, I think Blackberry still has a great opportunity in making money through these phones by giving cheap phones and data in emerging markets. I actually believe the reason BB10 failed is because lot of old Blackberry users didn't like the new BB10 keyboard version Q10. Blackberry should come up with a device which is exactly similar to Blackberry bold with same buttons (trackpad etc.) with the new OS. Remember these users didn't switch to other OSs because liked legacy Blackberry OS and devices a lot.

noisey_boy

BlackBerry have been making coloured handsets way before anyone else. Customers have come to expect a range of coloured entry level BlackBerry handsets.

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agesparza

While this feels real old there is a market for the phone.. not everybody can get a z10.. nice colors

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mr_zed10

Of course not everybody can get a Z10! The Carphone Warehouse (and Phones4u) doesn't stock it any more LOL

jay_men

But they're taking pre-orders for the Z30 in Black or White!

06kingranch

I agree, not everybody can get a (or wants) a Z10, but that is why they sell the Q10. The problem I see, is that continuing to sell an old OS appears as though even BlackBerry is not convinced that BB10 is the future for the company. Preception is reality. Why not, put a track pad on the Q10 instead and make it more like the legacy hardware?

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jay_men

Or maybe it is still economical for some people to still use BIS related plans??

kupfernigk

Nokia sell a lot of featurephones, and so do Samsung. It isn't a case of being convinced; it's schoolkids, and company phones for people like riggers and installers who frequently drop them.

Ben1232

Price isn't a factor here so people complain about the colours which teenagers go for lool.

#dynamictrolling

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Siya10

I like them.. I'd definitely grab one for less than 200usd... does someone know how long the battery last ( as full time user)

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devin266

They're sending mixed signals when they do this. If I were to walk in a shop and see these my first judgment would be BlackBerry haven't changed.
Apple would never do this..

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felixlives

My point exactly, with all do respect to os7 etc etc, its these phones that gave BlackBerry a bad name because they are sooooo outdated
If anything they should have made a dirt cheap bb10 phone and pushed that, like the q5 but with a "good " price point.
I feel blackberry is to "busy" making a ton of phones, look at Apple it just made that one phone (until recently) ,.....just one damn solid phone that's it, this also lowers cost.....

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boldbb10

Very well said . People say there is a market for this type of device. That is a very poor excuse. From what I see BlackBerry is loosing market share because of this type of device. How popular can this device be? Is it enough to make this company profitable again? Will it wow the world? Sorry, another very poor mistake by the management of BlackBerry. The q5 should have been priced lower to the markets that this phone is to attract.

Typed with auto correct from my awesome Z10.

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Maximus65

In case you haven't heard. They are writing down a million or more z10's. You can get these real cheap. All you folks demanding cheap phones will put BlackBerry out of business.

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Ben1232

They already have. Apple has brought out the C as a coloured entry level device.

Don't forget this 9720 has BIS too. Also the business people I see use old Bolds or Curves. They don't seem to be interested in the Flagship BlackBerry devices.

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tommo7788

You can say coloured these days

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Pete The Penguin

Apple don't change. They put out a slighty improved phone year on year and charge a massive premium when it's only costs 200 to make the bl00dy iToy S!!

Bacon Munchers

Yes, but since they are still selling like hotcakes, your point becomes moot.

devin266

And the difference between the z10 and z30 is substantial? How about the difference between the bold 9700 and the 9780 and 9790.. all manufacturers do this. It's not just apple. Imo blackberry do it a lot more than appl

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rhs84

Are retro phones making a comeback? Maybe I can crack out the brick soon!

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Ben1232

This phone is less than a third of the monthly cost of my Q10 plus the data is a fraction of the cost.

These new $hit generic data packages cost a fortune compared to BIS.

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BroncoVAL

Incoherent politic. Why don't they make Q5 of any color to move users to BB10?
Developers are waiting to see more BB10 users and Blackberry is seeking for more BB7 costumers...

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DecAway

My mom would buy one in a heartbeat. She has an IPAD that she uses 24-7 but still refuses to get a smart phone. Some older people still cling to traditional, cheaper cell phones. She would probably stroke out if she has to spend $200 and sign a 3 year contract for a phone.

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kupfernigk

I know several people, the youngest in her 40s, who simply do not like touchscreens and want to be able to use buttons. That market may be slowly dying, but they still want to replace phones.

felixlives

I don't know....... they should know what their doing....it just seems odd to me, maybe they have their strategy, but to me it seems weird
Think about it a tech company selling old tech.....that is not a good sign

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Drmoe

They haven't may money in years. They just got bought, I wish they did but I don't think they know what they're doing.

Posted via the best phone ever. The white Z10.

jfunds

Funny that but they have stopped selling Z10.....

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Pollo714

Blue and black Q10 would of been nice.

BerryWizard

What is the price outright ?

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nevertoofar

Actually is cheaper to purchase a Z10 than a 9720, why to choose an 7.1 than a 10.2?

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dblcup

BlackBerry just doesn't get it. How stupid can a company be?? Saw on the news the other day a brief story about the delayed BBM rollout and what did they show? Video of an old BlackBerry with a trackball!!! This is what the world thinks a BlackBerry is. And until they stop putting out these phones, this is what the world will continue to think BlackBerry is. Morons!!!!

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19andy91

what trackball trackballs have bee gone since the 8900 and 9000 it has a trackpad and for social networkers bbos7 still has more apps for them id personally rather still have a os7 device based on that but i love my q5 too much

BriniaSona

Why are these not Q5 colours

ED1209

This phone is great, specially if you like the track pad and cool colors... there's a BlackBerry for everyone...

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koool1

I wish BlackBerry would kill off BB7 phones.

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raxamillion

Just walked in to a car phone warehouse among others, they have little to no knowledge of this phone or the Z30. Vodafone didn't even know the latter existed. Drew a total blank look from four shops.

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stew_uk

Called into my local car phone warehouse looking to by a Z10 yesterday,and they don't stock them anymore!! How can they expect people to buy a phone if they don't have any stock. What are BlackBerry going to do with the millions of unsold Z10's?

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jay_men

I didn't know that Carphone Warehouse was the only phone dealer in the entire planet? What IS BlackBerry going to do??

raxamillion

They are one of the largest in the UK. If they don't stock them, blackberry is going to have a hard time shifting them. I think that was his point.

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jay_men

The original comment was open to interpretation. It seemed sarcastic so I just played along with it.

stew_uk

Thank you. That was exactly my point.

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tommo7788

There's a spelling mistake in the title, not good.

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DecAway

As an American consumer, I think that is stupid to still sell OS7 devices in the U.S., however, in developing 2nd and Third world countries, these devices are a good idea. They don't have of the mobile bandwidth options, and having a CHEAP (keyword), phone that can provide mobile communication solutions and maybe even Facebook, is a great idea. This is an emerging markets device. Unfortunately, blackberry doesn't realize that poor people can't spend 400-500$ bucks on a phone. Sell the suckers for 150-200$ and push them out the door.

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jay_men

The 9720 are being sold is some places like in UAE for 799 AED (218 USD) and in India from 14414 RS (231 USD). It seems to vary from market to market.

drummer_god

I've been requesting a variety of colours for the Z10 since launch. I'm certain that would have helped sales. People are tired of black or white.

Michelasmar

Wtf is this ? Is blackberry serious...I'm going crazy here

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birdman_38

The blue one looks pretty sharp.

Mathrin

I can dig the blue.

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cfoxx

There may still be a market for cheap BBOS phones but it's a total disaster to go after it. Every BBOS device sold today is another person who will say "I am NEVER getting another BlackBerry". They should have an entry level BB10 device at £11 a month.

David Murray1

It's crazy that BlackBerry wants to get out of the consumer market ... these are clearly aimed at consumers and frankly there isn't any compelling advantage in BlackBerry 10 over OS 7.1 for average consumer use.

GiggleGoddess

Love the colors!!! Too bad the z10 didn't come in the color of your choice.

~Posted via CB10 on my Sleek and Sexy Z10~

FirstBerry101

Wish the q5 was ACTUALLY available in multiple colours. Seems like only black and white on carriers with Virgin in red. #canada

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brandon ford

Looks like a great cell phone

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Yodha Sasmita

BlackBerry should try to get to largest market of em all, China give those Chinese an offer that they can refuse like almost free bb and have em flock to BlackBerry World the rest of d world will follow...:)

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