Christmas bargain - the BlackBerry 9720 drops in price in the UK

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By James Richardson on 8 Dec 2013 05:00 am
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On the run up to Christmas we all like a bargain. UK retailer Carphone Warehouse currently have the BlackBerry 9720 listed for just £89.95 plus a £10 top up on Pay-As-You-Go. Available in black, blue, pink, purple and white it may be a legacy device and not as up to date as the BlackBerry 10 handsets on offer, but that's reflected in the price. 

With the younger population in the UK still very much into their BlackBerry's this one could well be on many teenagers Christmas list as it still offers all the awesome traditional communication features of a BlackBerry - such as BBM, great social networking and more, plus the beloved hardware QWERTY keyboard that many BlackBerry addicts are still drawn to. 

This is really just a heads-up post for you British folk on the look out for a good deal before Christmas is upon us. Carphone Warehouse have the BlackBerry 9720 available on a range of networks and PAYG plans. 

Sure, there are alternative smartphones out there for the same price running on other operating systems, but for us on Team BlackBerry this one is a super deal if you ask me. 

Order the BlackBerry 9720 from Carphone Warehouse

56 comments

graham bowers

I still like that track pad...

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phylez

Would this work in Canada/US?

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TranceRomance

Firsteez!! Ooooh! Seconds and thirds! Booyah!

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playbookster

The track pad is a glitchy mess on my bb7 work phone. Drives me nuts, have to reboot it everyday for it to work. Thank you BlackBerry for getting rid of the trackpad

Sent from my Z30

deltact

Loved the track pad on my old 9810. Text sélection on my Z still leaves a lot to be desired.

Posted via Z10 on the best touchscreen keyboard.

shebmiller

What OS are you running? I used to feel the same way but now I'm on 10.2 official in Canada (not the leak) and I have no problem selecting and editing. But if course, to each their own.

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kennyiceberry

+1

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graham bowers

I'm first, second, and third

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R Field

Here is your cookie

BlackBerry Z10 (Z30 inbound) | 10.2.1.1055 | C0006E212

OWCA83

You win ㋡

Posted via  Q10 from Organisation Without Cool Acronym

illlya

Aren't you a little to old for this?

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TranceRomance

We're all to old for something but we do it anyway cause it's fun. Join the fun.

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IamFrankly

Well said my friend. Well said.

cgk

Needs to be nearer to £50 to compete against devices like the Moto-G give the weak spec of the device.

R Field

How much does a Q5 go for compared to the 9720 across the pond?

BlackBerry Z10 (Z30 inbound) | 10.2.1.1055 | C0006E212

James Richardson

£280 - that's a BIG difference! 

tommo7788

Hahaha, and they sold a grand total of 5

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Giro_UK

Currently £229 in Carphone Warehouse Sim free.

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Siya10

Q5 should be priced like that!

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nt300

Fully agree, they should be pushing the Q5 for that price instead of BB7. Perhaps the new management team is trying to sell off all BB7 devices, and this is one way of doing so.

mnc76

Unfortunately, if a lot of people buy this, I think it stands to hurt BlackBerry's reputation. It only takes a few freezes requiring battery pulls to plummet word of mouth on a device.

BlackBerry should have made the Q5 an option for the people that James mentioned might be interested in the 9720. Selling these only stands to hurt BlackBerry IMO. :(

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mnc76

I'm so glad Christian Tear was fired. BlackBerry is writing down a billion of Z10s due to overproduction.

If they had made an appropriate number of z10's then they wouldn't have lost 1 billion dollars. INSTEAD, they could have used that 1 billion to subsidize selling Q5's for 89 pounds. Now THAT would have been amazing.

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ddddafadf

No one should buy this. Just get a Q5. Don't waste your money on this. There are cheaper, objectively better smartphones available.

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Coffee Shampoo

Selling these phones is what killed BlackBerry, damn they should just stop producing them!

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scalemaster34

I some less developed markets I see a reason for these OLD devices... See no reason to encourage people and business not to adopt BB10.

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andrew1953

I would get a 9720 or Q5 if they brought them into Australia but I'm not. Optimistic about that at present. They're good,practical phones. I prefer my Q10 to my Z30 for testing and general phone stuff. Z30 better for You tube.

landreaz1985

Disagree, 9720 is a very good communicator. Don't forget some people need just a nice qwerty phone with bis on board

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keypad

(9720) The Good

Keypad
Trackpad
Touchscreen
Menu Buttons
BBM + Channels
Clock
Red flashing notification light

(9720) The Bad

Browser
Small display
Internal memory
App store
Manual App reboots
No front facing camera

(Price I paid)
£169, Gets the 9720 a (6/10) in my opinion

(Current price)
£100, gets it a (6.5/10) from me.

landreaz1985

You are absolutely right. BUT my mommy doesn't need more, "the good " is very good for her, and "the bad " means nothing

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davinci4real

Still angry BlackBerry made this phone

From Zuri my Z10.

BBUK14

A friendly correction: the plural is BlackBerrys, and not Blackberry's!

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James Richardson

It's also worth remembering that a ton of Enterprise users will probably end up with this device if the company doesn't switch to BES10. Just saying.

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rickster2611

Time to get out of your comfort zone, BlackBerry.

BlackBerry needs to improve the display, ecosystem and marketing. Keyboards and track pads market is already sown up by BlackBerry. Now for the touchscreen market.

Create devices for what the consumer wants not what they already have.

Nothing less than 1080p touchscreen, quad core processor, Z10 ppi, 5 inch screen, 3000mA battery, 10.3 with android, Leica camera lens.

Price the device under £400.00

Now that's a device worth having.

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BBQ8

+1

Z10 STL100-1 / 10.2.0.429

revelations65

I have to agree a even better price would be around £55

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MRmuz81

It took me some time to get use to my Q10 with no trackpad too.
I think that £100 for 9720 is not bad.

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bbtino

A BlackBerry OS7 phone is still relevant if you need to use the BIS/BES services that the BB10 phones don't offer such as free data roaming when abroad. My 9320 is absolutely essential for me in this respect which is why I still use it daily.

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shobande

I bought an new unlocked white Q5 for the missus 9 days ago on ebay for £165.

Z10 of course.

fermanagh

James, a lot of enterprises are actually counting the days until they can get rid of BBOS, most are migrating to Android and iOS using MDMs such as GOOD and Airwatch - unfortunately it's a reality. Not many corporations that I know are actually moving to BlackBerry 10, for example I work in the mobile messaging domain for a bank and i can tell you at this time that many are moving to iPhone deployments either as a BYOD solution or as a fully provisioned corp device. If one bank doesn't move with the times then they are seen as the ones with the oldest technology. It's quite sad that it's more of a perception issue than a functional / technical one. I am battling very hard to keep BlackBerry 10 in our workplace!

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nt300

The logic and perception does not make sense at all. Because iOS and Android would be defined as older technology, and quite un-secure, where as BB10 and BES10 should be considered as the highest standard bar none.
Any bank looking at iOS and/or Android mobile solutions other than B10 and BES10 are just asking to get hacked.

BlackberryCanada

I love BB7.1 and the 9720. How much would one on Virgin Mobile cost landed here in Canada from Carphone Warehouse ?

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BlackberryCanada

The curve should have been made like this from the start. The perfect traditional BlackBerry !

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nerdydaddyo

I don't understand why BlackBerry made a new device to support an OS they are trying to replace. A complete waste of good electronic parts. Plus, this just confused people who don't know that it ISN'T a BlackBerry 10 device. Do not buy for sure.

I used my Z10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

nt300

I believe they made this BB7 device for existing companies running BES5 that do not plan on upgrading the anything for several years. That said, BBRY should make these as strict enterprise phones and nothing more. Create very limited quantities.

Meok

Any word on if the new version of OS7 from the 9720 will be released for the older OS7 devices?

kennyiceberry

I'm not really feeling the game by Carphone Warehouse (I am a UK Dweller, btw). This is a second-tier BlackBerry for more or less £100 on PAYG. I'm not certain, but I am fairly sure that for an extra £50 quid at most you could get a similar deal or slightly better for an iSheep 5. Even casting no aspersions on the average teenager, it's really not too much of a stretch to expect them to go for the iSheep option. Not sure this offer has a great deal of credibility. It needs to be about £40 at most in my view.

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cgk

Well see for yourself - this is what the same money gets you in Android land -

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5831&idPhone2=5625

David Murray1

Ooh the price is right with this one! :D. Long live the keyboard, trackpad and BBOS7.1!

stevenjamesclark

Why are they still promoting BB7. They should sell Q5.

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BoldBigWorm

I'd buy this phone for my secondary BlackBerry if it launched in canada. Strictly for e-mail of course. LMAO at all the but hurt people that this phone exists.

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Rootbrian

That is one hell of a great deal if you ask me. If it were compatible with windmobile in Canada, it would be in my hands even if it's a downgrade. Hell, I still use my bold when this Q10's battery fades away and needs to be charged after it passes out. :)

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quizm

For me it's a sign of desperation that BlackBerry still sells bb7 devices. Ok they are cheap. But really.... divide and conquer? or focus to succeed. I would choose the latter.

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dustinharford

I feel if they were to make a phone like this, similar to the BlackBerry Bold 9900, they should at least allow it to run BlackBerry 10 OS, but I suppose BlackBerry 7 OS isn't that bad.

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reckaz

What does that picture represent

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