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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Arriving On Sprint May 16th?

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Arriving On Sprint May 16th?
By Bla1ze on 18 Apr 2010 05:38 pm EDT
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Sure seems that way according to the picture that was sent into us via the tips line. The above pic is from the Sprint hotsheet, which was updated at some point this morning. Looking at the list you can see the BlackBerry Bold 9650 listed along with what may be the pricing details for launch.

Seems a lot of conversation surrounding the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is more Verizon associated rather than Sprint associated but judging by this, it looks like Sprint may be the first out the gates with it. Of course, when it comes to the BlackBerry Bold 9650 I've learnt to take all information with a grain of salt considering the amount of time we've already been waiting for this device.

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BlackBerry Bold 9650 Arriving On Sprint May 16th?

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Does anyone know if the 9650 has had the battery charger slot moved? The original Tour charger/usb slot is in a very terrible sspot.

It would be nice to see Sprint roll this out 1st and get one up on everyone. Its about time seeing all the hype surrounding this device. Now hopefully we will get this lucky with the rumored slider berry.....

Does anyone really care anymore about the 9650? With the much anticipated BB slider coming out later this year, does the new Bold (formally the new Tour) really matter much? Is it delivering anything we haven't seen or had before?

I currently have a Tour 9630 and I think this will be the last BB device I buy until RIM comes out with something new and exciting.

I'm looking forward to renouncing my allegiance to RIM and exploring the Android OS and get the HTC EVO 4G the first day it hits the shelves. Unfortunately, only God knows when that will be.

I was excited when I first saw this post, and after thinking about it further I realized it's just my Tour with wifi and trackpad. While those features would've been nice to have on my phone, I've lived without. I'm honestly more excited about the HTC EVO. BlackBerry better come out with a slick 4G phone soon or they're going to start losing customers...

I'm with you on that one. RIM has been kinda slacking in the new features dept. They release new stuff with only a few mods. That's kind of like how iPhone does it LOL

Well its about time !! I'm a former ALLTEL customer who is fed up with Verizon and the mistreatment. I don['t think that voice quality is as good on Sprint but I can save a bunch of money switching to Sprint and I probably will as soon as the new Bold is out. That's what I have been waiting for!!

Why would you come to a BB website to talk about how you're "super excited to leave RIM and go Android!" Go to an Android page! Also, seriously, everyone here cries about how this is just an updated Tour. Guess what, other than the trackball, lack of WiFi, and battery door, the Tour is an excellent phone. Almost everyone I know (other than 12 year olds who just want $\/\/337 4ppz) has the Tour for Verizon. So, many of us are excited about these "minor" updates, because they fix the major flaws in an otherwise outstanding phone.

I agree. While I would love to have had wi-fi and a trackpad as choices, I love my Tour and it fits my needs perfectly.

I'm all for the release but is it going to have the same leather like bold batt door or is it carbon fiber? I just want the bold to be a bold and not make it a tour but put a bold brand in the back that's just cheap rim

thought the original tour was garbage and this one doesn't seem to fix any of my concerns with the original. i'll stick with the 8530 till the next round of outdated phones

The Tour garbage? Weird definition of garbage imo. This will be a sosolid device.. A bit late with the release though. Let's see what extra's it offers

I'm not sure, but this could be true. Sprint releases new services, devices, etc on Sundays ! The 16th is a Sunday - hopefully it is true.

-gets down and prays- God.. i don't ask for much except big screen LCD tvs, cars, 42 virgins and for my team to win the championship.. but god.. please let this blackberry be released to us before Verizon.

I don't mind the location of the usb slot because it means all my tour accessories will work and I have a shit load

i work in a sprint corporate store, im definately going to have the handset hot sheet when i get to work in the a.m. to confirm the validity of this!

For those of us that still have the 8330, not to mention the 8330m and therefore not even os5 (!), this is a major upgrade. I think it's pretty weak that they tried to smooth over the ticked off customers that bought a tour RIGHT before they introduced the trackpad by re-branding it, but whatever. And I agree with the above post- it BETTER have the leather back, I mean they're the ones that decided to make it a bold, so make it a bold!

theres no way in this world this is a bold so your telling me i can put nike on a converse and have it a nike how nice, i must be a real idiot to accept that and im the one spending my money, im pretty sure the mass of the people that wanted a bold wasn't expecting this at all. a leather back? you got to be kidding me, its plastic for madness sake, this is what you guys really want a tour with a new name. this really shows people dont call the big shoots around here, and for the comment above about updated tour, thats nice but isnt the idea of the name is for a different version of a phone, and since the original bold was above the heep in performance while still there was the tour what does this mean for the true bold name, surely not a bold, if its changing to a tour then they should of kept it real and stick it out to update the product and make better phones, this is old news, im not really suprize the only sad thing here is that your just buying the same phone with the same name, we are the fools not rim cause guess what while we argue about bb vs bb we are not getting what we are paying for. HTC is a big time scammer of this same crap, tilt 1 and tilt 2 just a example, the official bold was made for the power of comfort and speed in getting things done and while im sure the argue will continue on this a this is not what people who mean business is all about, want a smaller phone get a curve want a powerful device you know get the real deal it use to be very simple and straight forward, all these look alikes and addin 2 minor stuff here and there what is this its beginning to look like apple who takes years to get something right, you guys like this and want to support it with your hard earned cash fine, but i know you will be spending allot more before you get something that really hits the back, these guys will always get paid, and its always just about the money. well good luck and to Verizon i dont forget you as well, when i paid good money for my storm and you refused to give me help in replacing the product, you will never get my money again thats for sure. rim your blackberries deliver on demand but you got to stop ####ing around with people blood and sweat and just give the people what they ask for. we will see how there sales go when this comes out, money will be doing the talking on how well this sells thats for sure.

In the words of Elaine, George, Jerry, Kramer and Numan.....yada yada yada.

(...in response to 3G.Boldberry's post and not the above response...)

Just hope that the battery life is better. Mine only take up to 1 day for normal usage then recharge. I love the design of Tour than Bold 9700, but if no improvement on the battery, I'd consider move up to the 9700.

I just got to work, i can confirm on the current handset hot sheet that the Tour/Bold will indeed launch 5/16!!!

Blackberry Bold (9650) (5/16).

About time!

According to reports, the Bold may be coming to Sprint. Is there a big difference between the Bold series and the 8530 Curve??

To be honest, I think this phone is a waste of time. What's the point of it when there's already a Bold 9700 with pretty much the same specs? With phones like the HTC Desire/Incredible, and what looks like a decent iPhone coming soon, RIM should be ashamed of themselves releasing a backwards phone like this 9650.

This phone is not a waste of time...it is just taking forever to come out. The point of this phone is that it is similar to the 9700. 9700= GSM (AT&T and T-Mobile), 9650 = CDMA (Verizon and Sprint). It will replace the tour and be our new high end blackberry.

For a min RIM shed that 40+ and up only user friendly phone image. But with boring OS and 3.2 Cam's ect that all share mostly the same design, they will live and die by companies like Bank of America and ect. More variety is needed the most addicted crackberry head would agree.

Getting my HTC INC. on 29th.

But I have a 9630 which I have loved and then waited on this site month after month for stupid little upgrades with a bunch of other loyal members but come on if you are sending out updates to stop blinking red lights with on messages and ect whats the point if the phone is this basic

Its like we are using a type writer while everyone else has a HP on Windows 7. How many Offical OS do I have to wait for for the most simply browser since I have a Moto Razor on AT&T.

SMH

RIM better have a lot up its sleeve for WES, because this news is a total snoozefest. Last year's phone, YAWN . . . .

That is a fact Jack. The technology advancements at RIM are mind boggling. I hear Mihalis "Mike" Lazaridis is already working on a 9650 version in white but he is not sure about the name. He started shipping them with the name "Bold" but has since changed his mind and recalled the first 1000 handsets he sent to Verizon. The touchscreen handsets are not very popular so he is experimenting with the exciting advancements in color technology to capture the imaginations of the end user!

what are the column headers? i'd like to know what the figure are for. looks like full price, contract price, price after rebate, x, pre-rebate, rebate amount, price after rebate, n, x.....

any one know?

Sprint The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is coming to Sprint! International roaming, WiFi capabilities, BlackBerry OS 5, a smoothly integrated optical trackpad and a large, high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi). Available starting May 23!

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone Factsheet
BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone
A smooth international traveller

For top-of-the-line performance, functionality and features, the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9650 smartphone comes with BlackBerry® OS 5.0. It is designed with a smoothly integrated optical trackpad and a highly tactile, distinctive, fretted keyboard, and comes with a vibrant high-resolution display (480 x 360 at 245 ppi). It operates on Sprint’s nationwide 3G (EVDO Rev. A) network domestically, and roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for reliable voice and email communication, enabling customers to be more productive and better equipped to manage both their busy personal and business lives. It is ideally suited for those who want to stay socially connected, and lets you share moments through pictures and videos via MMS, and by instant message with popular IM services like BlackBerry® Messenger. It also offers easy access to your favorite social networking sites like Flickr®, MySpace and Facebook®, with smooth integration providing a great view of what’s happening both personally and professionally. Sprint will also offer BlackBerry® App World™ preloaded giving customers access to thousands of applications.

ADVANCED FEATURES:

BlackBerry® service supports up to 10 business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations
3.2 MP camera for picture and video capture with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization and autofocus
512 MB Flash memory
Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)
2 GB MicroSD Card included, with support for cards up to 32 GB
Operates globally on CDMA EV-DO Rev. A, and 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks where Sprint has international roaming agreements. Sprint customers can make or receive phone calls in more than 185 countries, and access BlackBerry data services, including email, apps and Web browsing in nearly 150 countries
Features built-in GPS for mapping your location, conducting local searches, receiving audible and visual turn-by-turn driving directions, and utilizing the E911 emergency location services where available
Speaker independent voice dialing for hands free calling
Speakerphone for hands-free operation
Features an advanced media player for listening to music, viewing pictures and watching videos, plus there’s a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
Bluetooth® 2.1 enabling hands-free, short-range wireless communication using a Bluetooth headset and wireless uploading/downloading to or from a computer. Also, supports Bluetooth Stereo capabilities
DataViz Documents To Go suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
View and update your calendar, schedule appointments, check your task list and more while on the go. Also includes a calculator, alarm clock and memo pad
SPECIFICATIONS:

Form factor: Sleek, thin design with full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad navigation
Networks: 800/1900 MHz CDMA, 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA, and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
Dimensions: 4.4 inches x 2.4 inches x 0.6 inches (111.8 mm x 61 mm x 15.2 mm)
Weight: 4.8 ounces (136 grams)
Display: HVGA+ (480 x 360 at 245 ppi)
Battery Specifications: Li-Ion Battery (1400 mAh)
Talk Time: Up to 5 hours1
1All talk and standby times are quoted in Digital Mode, and are approximate. Battery performance depends on network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, and voice, data and other application usage patterns.