Carrier pricing and availability roundup for BlackBerry OS7 devices - North America Edition

New OS 7 BlackBerry Smartphones
By Joseph Holder on 12 Aug 2011 03:36 am EDT
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BlackBerry OS 7 devices are here (or at least on their way)! The BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930, BlackBerry Torch 9810, and the BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 devices are soon to be hitting the shelves in a store near you. Up north, our Canadian colleagues have already managed to snag some of these next generation BlackBerry smartphones for themselves.

The rest of us, though, we wait anxiously for our chance to buy one of these OS7 devices. How long that wait is depends entirely on your wireless carrier and desired device. Scouring the blogs for this information can be a bit daunting; so we did the work for you.

After the break, you'll find our list of six seven major carriers in the US and Canada along with the devices they are rumored to carry. Unless otherwise noted, the information isn't official from the carriers and thus subject to change. Prices listed are promotional pricing only; purchasing a phone off-contract will, of course, cost more.

You're going to want to keep this one bookmarked as we continually update this list with all the latest in carrier pricing and availability. (And once a certain Curve-y device gets announced officically, we'll add that, too)

Verizon 

Bold 9930

Bold 9930

Available: August 15, 2011
Pricing: $249.99
Status: Official

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Bold 9850

Torch 9850

Available: August 21, 2011
Pricing: $199.99
Status: Unconfirmed

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AT&T 

Bold 9900

Bold 9900

Available: November 20, 2011
Pricing: $199.99
Status: Unconfirmed

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Bold 9810

Torch 9810

Available: August 21, 2011
Pricing: $49.99
Status: Official

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Bold 9860

Torch 9860

Available: November 6, 2011
Pricing: $149.99
Status: Unconfirmed

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T-Mobile

Bold 9900

Bold 9900

Available: August 31, 2011
Pricing: $299.99
Status: Official

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Curve 9360

Curve 9360

Available: Unknown
Pricing: Unknown
Status: Unconfirmed

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Sprint 

Bold 9930

Bold 9930

Available: August 21, 2011
Pricing: $199.99
Status: Official

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Bold 9850

Torch 9850

Available: August 21, 2011
Pricing: $149.99
Status: Official

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Curve 9350

Curve 9350

Available: September 9, 2011
Pricing: $79.99
Status: Official

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Rogers

Bold 9900

Bold 9900

Available: August 10, 2011
Pricing: $199.99
Status: Official

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Torch 9810

Torch 9810

Available: August 12, 2011
Pricing: $199.99
Status: Official

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Bold 9860

Torch 9860

Available: August 23, 2011
Pricing: $199.99
Status: Official

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Curve 9360

Curve 9360

Available: August 31, 2011
Pricing: $49.99
Status: Official

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TELUS

Bold 9900

Bold 9900

Available: August 12, 2011
Pricing: $149.99
Status: Official

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Torch 9860

Torch 9860

Available: August 30, 2011
Pricing: $99.99
Status: Official

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      Torch 9810

      Torch 9810

      Available: August 12, 2011
      Pricing: $129.99
      Status: Official

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      Curve 9360

      Curve 9360

      Available: August 26, 2011
      Pricing: $49.99
      Status: Official

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      Bell Mobility

      Bold 9900

      Bold 9900

      Available: August 12, 2011
      Pricing: $169.95
      Status: Official

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      Torch 9810

      Torch 9810

      Available: August 12, 2011
      Pricing: $149.95
      Status: Official

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      Torch 9860

      Torch 9860

      Available: August 28, 2011
      Pricing: $129.99
      Status: Official

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      Curve 9360

      Curve 9360

      Available: August 28, 2011
      Pricing: $49.95
      Status: Official

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      Carrier pricing and availability roundup for BlackBerry OS7 devices - North America Edition

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      If at&t is gonna wait til November 20th to release the 9900, I might as well just wait for QNX devices

      Yup...strange marketing strategy. QNX appears to be around the corner and to sell any os 7 devices past august at 200-250 a pop seems odd. Why would anyone buy it that late at that price is beyond me.

      I don't think you'll want to wait. The first QNX "superphone" is the Colt which won't be out until Q1 2012 and it won't have BES and isn't tested with dual cores. RIM doesn't even have QNX working on a phone yet. I'm guessing you'll be waiting another year.... I'm getting an 9810 today then once the glitches are out I'll pick up a QNX, 18 months from now.

      I will upgrade my 9800 to the 9810 AT&T only because it is $49. If it was the 149 or 199 I would be waiting for QNX as well.

      If rumoured are confirmed, it will be a touch only device... which makes sense since the only device running QNX at RIM is the PlayBook.

      AT&T 9900 in November!!????????? WTF??? Not cool!

      Hey Kevin and rest of CB crew, Any chance you might add a few unlocked 9900 to ShopCrackBerry.com?? Since I am not yet due for upgrade at ATT , I wouldn't mind at all paying full price for one of these babies! SELL ME ONE PLS!!!

      Ian
      Torch 9800 & PlayBook 64GB Wifi

      I had asked an AT&T represenative yesterday when the Torch 9810 was coming out, and she told me in the next few weeks. She also said that I should get the Bold 9900 instead, and when I asked her about the release date she said it should be coming out in the next couple of weeks as well. She said a BlackBerry represenative came and showed the new devices that were going to be launched, so hopefully she was right?

      She actually gave me her card and said to call back in a couple weeks..her name is Laurie Kurn & she works at the at&t in the mall in my town. I'm going to go to another at&t store today though to see if they're saying the same thing

      I'm guessing she had either received incorrect information or didn't know what she was talking about (don't get me wrong, I want the Bold 9900 to drop for AT&T right now).. however, a few sites.. and blog posts have basically said that the 9900 is currently being tested by AT&T and barring any issues, should be ready by Oct/Nov. If Laurie is right, I'm going to find her a give her a big kiss...unless she looks like a troll...:-)

      If this is true then fuc% AT&T leaving for Verizon or Sprint. Had enough of AT&T's blackberry shit, fiddling with the bridge, now delaying the top of the line BB, Screw you AT&T, goodbye and good riddance!!!

      I concur! I thought it was pretty well confirmed for Aug 31 for the 9900 with a price of 299.99

      So where is it? At least put it up as unconfirmed...

      I've go a whole "scheme" worked out around the alleged T-Mobile Aug 31th date involving a Curve 9300 trade up and taking advantage of a potential up grade discount (if T-Mobile keeps their word) So the $299 after MIR is a bit expensive but I can manage it if the "scheme" works out. . .I just need it to be out on Aug 31th!!!

      Counting the days, minutes and seconds until Telus releases the 9860!!! I'm guessing it'll be priced like the 9810 at $129.99 on 3 yr.

      Just checked Telus website, shows the 9900 and 9810 are for sale today. I called the Telus store downtown Toronto RBC, but they did not get anything yet.

      According to a leak reported on Mobilesyrup, TELUS is launching the 9860 August 29th. Of course that date could move up as it did with the 9900 & 9810. LOL! We'll know when we know.

      It would almost seem like Rogers is pricing themselves out of the market, especially when you consider the 9900 is $80 less at Bell and $100 less at Telus.

      Oh and for some reason, I couldn't find the 9900 on Rogers site on August 11.

      I picked up a 9900 from Rogers a few days ago - $299.99 on a 3 yr contract, with a $50 mail in rebate. Then I noticed Bell had it priced at $169.95 - so I called Rogers up and the rep jumped on the Bell website, apologized for Rogers' "pricing error" and gave me a $130 credit on my account. Plus, I still have the $50 mail-in rebate. Just goes to show, it never hurts to ask.

      Ummm, should I be in panic mode right now b/c Alltel is N0T included in this ? Oh yeah, is the price for the 9810 @ AT&T legit or a typo ? *sratches head*

      Cool. I wish Wind Mobile would announce some devices! And what are the full retail prices as I will never sign a contract?

      I talked to a guy in a Wind store and he said that Wind is going to carry the 9900 and the 9860 starting in late Sept or Oct, a bit late, but they will have them. The 9810 isn't being made on the 1700 frequency so it won't be offered and won't work on Wind.

      These prices are with 2 or 3-year agreements signed, depending on the carrier. Not full retail price off contract.

      Can you guys add the (rumoured) standalone price of the devices as well for each carrier?

      thx

      I don't mean to be cranky here but with VZW why specify a date that is "unconfirmed"? Don't we have enough threads in the Forums filled with weeping and gnashing of teeth over this very circumstance?

      Really pissed @ ATT for not releasing the Bold 9900 until November. It sux. I'm using the Torch 9800 rite now, and luv it, but from seeing the Bold, I'm thinking of switching. If not, I can go for the Torch 9810 to take advantage of the new hardware and BB 7. Being that its coming out on ATT sooner than the Bold, I might just end up going for the Torch.

      AT&T has a terrible history of supporting Blackberry in my view. They were the only ones that dragged their feet on the playbook bridge, when the iPhone was selling for 199 the original big bold was going for 400 bucks. Now, everyone is releasing the awesome Bold but AT&T will release it in November?! I believe they are holding for the release of the iPhone 5 before the Bold.

      Unfair? Totally. AT&T can't claim that they are still reviewing the app or something everyone else has already done.

      I went to AT&T for the Torch, but on August 21st, I'm going to pick up a beautiful Bold 9930 from Sprint.

      AT&T I'm tired of the absolute favoritism and I'm going to a plan that provides free voice navigation and free T.V. service. Good bye and I look forward to the new Bold on August 23rd.

      I agree with u on that. I too have a Torch 9800 and is thinking about switching to the 9860. If this is legit, I don't get why they are waiting so long to release that and the 9900. The 9810 is nice, but I think they should release them all at worst within weeks of each other, not months. Bad form if this is legit.

      It would be nice if all of the people waiting for a Bold 9900 on AT&T could bombard them with emails, letters, etc. something to get them to get off their fat a$$es and release it earlier than the end of November... for a flagship device? One would think that they'd want their best quality, highest price point devices out longer to capture that additional revenue.. but hey, what do I know.. I'm not the overpaid CEO of AT&T.

      Last night I managed to negotiate with Rogers to offer a few credits in order to match Telus and Bell on the price on the Bold 9900. The person i dealt with was amazing, so for those on Rogers, you may be able to negotiate that ridiculous $249 price down.

      Actually for corporate plan users, the phone is listed at 199 on Rogers to begin with!

      AT&T really messed up on this on if they are waiting till the end of November. I am sure a lot of people, myself included are willing to pay full price for this device. If it was releasewd in August I would. But not till Nov, with QNX devices rumered to be out 1st quarter next year, and only more evidence and proof of that will come out by Nov there is no way I will still pay full price for this phone. Even as bad as people want this phone I would guess most would want QNX more. So ill save my money for a couple extra months and get that. AT&T may regret this one later.

      I'm thinking about buying an unlocked Rogers 9900 and not giving AT&T the revenue.. and then waiting for the QNX phones to come out and then using my upgrade to purchase. The tough pill to swallow is the $600+ price tag for an off contract Rogers 9900 vs a $199 on contract AT&T version (whenever it gets here). I'm guessing cheap ass AT&T won't even have a leather holster in the box.

      Its absolutely amazing to me that Tmobile is the first to jump on the 9900 band wagon, completely disappears off the map with no confirmations of release times, no pricing, no word at all. They are more hush about this than Verizon is and they didnt even make an "official" anouncement. Then on top of this....tmo is going to pretty much be the LAST fing provider to release the phone(outside of ATT, in that case, id love to take the 9810)...it just makes me question WTF is going on with Tmobile????

      i do not understand why AT&T(although its unofficial) would release the 9900 so late in the year...especially if the rumors are true and QNX devices will be releasing 1st quarter of 2012...if AT&T really does release the 9900 Nov20 and something more stable is announced about a QNX device coming i may just wait until then....if others take this same route, that could really hurt the 9900 sales for ATT...

      Am I the only one that noticed the links under verizon were actually sprint links?? Oops! Well, considering I am with sprint it was good to get the info twice ;)

      Side note* Why the heck is the Bold some much more at sprint!?!?!?! At that price I might as well buy it off contract! Grrrrrr!
      May end up with a 9850 to hold me until QNX...

      Until merger complete Tmo still operating independently. Tmo having 9900 exclusive would explain the November release on At&t. With At&t getting 9810. Waiting until November to release the 9900 in the US would insane.

      That may be the official line, but I'm sure there are informal conversations being had, and knowing "A Fee & Fee's" style, their influence is already being felt in T-Mobile. It's not like anyone is going to do anything about it. This is "The United Corporations of America" and it's a given that this buyout will be approved sooner or later. The checks have already been cashed.

      I've only been a crackhead for a year and I can't BELIEVE you legend crackheads actually think that QNX will be here 1st quarter of 2012! I would be more than estatic to be proved wrong, and just might buy my first off-contract device if it's true (cuz I'm getting a bold 9930 when it's out). But what makes you think they there is ANY possiblity of that really happening?

      As for Sprint's "unconfirmed" date, I saw on the Sprint forum where a Sprint moderator is saying that flyer that says August 21st is not a Sprint flyer, and that we should remember Sprint said on August 3rd that it would be sometime in the Fall (Fall does not begin until Sept 21st, and doesn't end until December 20th). Again, I would be ESTATIC to be proven wrong).

      I have read that post on the forums too, but I believe the moderator COULD be referring to non-camera versions of the 9930 in fall. If I can remember correctly when I got my 9650, they staggered the launch between a 9650 w/camera and then a month or so later with a 9650 w/out camera. IDK though, I really hope they release it next Sunday, if they dont I will have to wait even longer b/c I have to buy off contract and I'll just wait until my half way point so I can at least save 75 bux. Its really all up in the air , and I'm dissapointed in how RIM has let the carriers dictate the release of this phone so much. :(

      Tried to find the link, sorry, but not familiar enough with Sprint's forum to navigate quickly. Maybe poster above can find it since he saw it too. Or maybe the crackberry forum member who brought it up first on the Sprint forum can sound off?

      My company via internal memo just announce the 9930 on Verizon can be ordered on 8/18. We manage our phones internally and not via stores.

      Update: Darn. Yesterday the internal memo went out, today they pull it. Saying Verizon are having problems with the patches RIM are sending, causing Verizon to change launch date to TBD. I think this explains the silence from big carriers like VZW and AT&T. If it is these 'patches', that worry me that BB7 is not really ready yet or carriers has very 'special' requirements.

      If you were Apple and AT&T was your little servant, when would you you have her release the awesome new Bold Before or after the iPhone 5?

      If AT&T did everyting you wanted, would you approve the Bridge app like every other carrier in the world or would you delay the app to undermine the Blackberry Playbook?

      Apple is the new Microsoft. AT&T is just one vehicle to establish a dominant position and try to kill the competition. I say try, because it will backfire. The new Bold is awesome and I am picking mine up from Sprint this month. I guess I could go to Verizon where it will be cheaper tough.

      Not going to go into a rant about iPhone & AT&T relationship but I will say that I'm a consumer and I have a choice. I'm making it. Goodbye AT&T. Enjoy being a slave to apple.

      What about SaskTel? They just announced yesterday that they'll be getting the Bold and the 9810 this weekend, and previously announced they'll be getting the 9860 at an unconfirmed date.

      I was informed from a VZW rep that they will be pushed back til mid to late October because of 4G network problems

      My TMobile store has confirmed the release date for the 31st of this month and I am already on the list for one of the devices (9900) when they open that day...he said they will only get 15-20 at that location and I am 6th on the list so it IS a confirmed launch date. If I were you I would be getting on a list to, (those of you as eager as I to get your hands on one) you wouldn't want to miss out on the first batch!

      Your information is already out of date. Rogers price dropped the Bold today to $199 on a 3 year. Also, Telus has the Bold and Torch Slider offical with prcing today. The Bold is 149 on a 3 year and the Torch Slider is 129 on a 3 year.
      The Torch Touch 9860 is either Aug 15, 22 or 29th as of now.

      Thanks for the heads up; Rogers changed their prices in the last 9 hours. The Telus info should still be good.  We're trying hard to keep this as updated as possible, so again, thanks for the heads up.

      WTF Rogers!!!!! Im really pissed! I bought the phone the day it came out at 249.99 and now not even 3 days later they have it listed on their website at 199.99!

      Hey Crackberry Kevin, are you gonna call them as well to claim back at least the difference if you purchased yours on contract? I definitely know I WILL!!! I even think it should be way less! Thats just pure abuse on behalf of them!!

      I picked up a 9900 from Rogers a few days ago - $299.99 on a 3 yr contract, with a $50 mail in rebate. Then I noticed Bell had it priced at $169.95 - so I called Rogers up and the rep jumped on the Bell website, apologized for Rogers' "pricing error" and gave me a $130 credit on my account. Plus, I still have the $50 mail-in rebate. Just goes to show, it never hurts to ask.

      I am reposting this to you - make sure you call Rogers, and in a very firm but pleasant manner, ask them why you are paying more than Bell and Telus customers - when dealing with people, you are always bound to find to find someone who understands. I got my $35 activation fee waived, $130 credit (299.99 - 169.99 = $130) plus, I still have another $50 credit coming my way. All because I was polite and patient, but held my ground. Oh, and also I just found the right rep at the right time. Never hurts to call back or talk to "customer retention" ... They seem to have the most power in discounting.

      the 9900 is a whole new device, the 9810 is not? I suspect that the pricing is indicative of how easy AT&T thinks it will be able to move the respective phones.

      How do you figure that the 9810 has better features? 9900 has NFC.. and I don't believe the 9810 does. I know the processor speed on both is the same but I can't remember if the 9810 only has 4 GB of onboard memory vs the 9900's 8 GB. Either way, 9900 is RIM's flagship device... 9810 is just a product of AT&T's hard on for the slider.

      I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS A ASSIST. MANAGER AT T-MOBILE AND HE TOLD ME THAT THEY HAVE A TRAINING NEXT WEEK ON THE 9900 AND ANOTHER BB DEVICE (??) NOT SURE OF THE SECOND DEVICE BUT THE 9900 IS CONFIRMED..I ASKED HIM WHEN IS THE RELEASE DATE AND HE SAID IT SHOULD BE WITHIN A COUPLE WEEKS. I TOLD HIM THAT SOURCES SAY THAT AUGUST 31ST LOOKS LIKE A PRETTY PROMISING DATE, HE SAID IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN THE 31ST SEEMS TO BE RIGHT..I THINK HE KNOWS BUT CAN'T SAY 100% I GUESS WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE

      hopefully that other device is the 9850. My wife has been waiting for an all touch blackberry on tmobile for years.

      just like everyone else said before really am pissed about the release dates for AT&T. really wanted to pick up at 9860 or 9900 within the next few weeks. boooooooooo!

      If yall want faulty devices like hardware and software then yeah Sure buy the new 9900 from all other stores. Stop complaining about AT&T. I am a customer of theirs and a member on CB. I can already tell from tons of threads that their special flagship device is having major problems. AT&T won't because they are making sure it is up to customer satisfaction meaning Zero issues.

      So the 9810 uses the Same SoC, radios, and the software should be the same as the 9900 and 9860. Are you saying the Torch2 is a faulty device, or that AT&T doesn't care if it is faulty?

      Telus
      No term $629.99
      1 year term $579.99
      2 year term $529.99
      3 year term 349.99 $149.99

      Straight from the website.

      Joesph, I would like to call BS for any November release.
      I have no sources to back this up. But I feel that to release the Torch 9810 and not the two other devices would be strategically weird.
      Although the holiday seasons is among us, not many AT&T customers would purchase the Bold 9900 unlocked or are aware they can do that, or maybe it is just here in parts of California people are unaware.
      At the same time, when people are struck on a device like BlackBerry, they want options into which device they would like.
      I just find it strange.

      But I must say at the same time reading this I kind of stared at my Bold 9000 in its charging pod while text messaging with my 6210 as if I wanted to kill it.

      I just call 'em like I see 'em. Remember, unless it's been officially announced by a carriers, all these dates and prices are technically just rumors. The Nov 6 and Nov 20 dates come from that Wireless Giant leaked screenshot; it's linked beneath the AT&T phones. Until we get some more info, those dates will just have to remain our best guesses. 

      It seems hard to believe that AT&T would purposely delay the Bold 9900 launch just to supposedly benefit an iPhone 5 launch. Does anyone think that those are the same consumers? The percentage of people who have their heart set on getting an iPhone 5 that would switch to a Bold just becuase it launched first is well...zero IMHO.

      Maybe RIM is showing some backbone and "punishing" AT&T for the Bridge fiasco by letting their competitors have the Bold first. While I feel for AT&T customers (like me) god knows AT&T deserves punishment for blocking Bridge, blocking BlackBerry Maps, weak marketing support of BlackBerry's etc.

      i stepped into a Bell store and was talking to the rep about blackberries. she said she only had the 9810 in stock, but that she had the models that she hadn't put out yet. so she opened those up and gave me a look see. I saw the 9860 right in there. looks pretty nice, (it was one of those dumb fake phone models, so i just got a feel of it, didn't get to turn it on). anywho, if anybody's wondering about the 9860, it will be provided by Bell.

      Joseph, you forgot SaskTel:

      Torch 9810
      Available: Unknown
      Pricing: $149.99
      Status: Confirmed

      According to the SaskTel website

      Word, i agree with psiclne...What Kind of Shizzz is that November 20th...Damn At&T, Step your Game up son...i didn't switch to you for nothing. lol