Orange and T-Mobile UK release the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9860

By DJ Reyes on 6 Oct 2011 01:36 pm EDT

BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 

As you may have noticed from my BlackBerry Buyer's Guide that T-Mobile and Orange had yet to release a BlackBerry 7 device, leaving our CrackBerry users on those networks out to dry. Today however, that has changed as both T-Mobile and Orange have pulled a double-whammy and released both the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the Torch 9860.

On Orange the Bold 9900 is available free from £41 a month on a 24-month contract and T-Mobile has it free from £40.85 per month on a 24-month contract. With the Torch 9860 you can get the Bold 9900 free from £36 a month on a 24-month contract on Orange and £35.74 a month on a 24-month contract from T-Mobile.

T-Mobile and Orange can now rejoice that they can finally get their hands on some BlackBerry 7 devices. It's not surprising to see both networks release the devices at the same time since they merged a few years back, to create Everything Everywhere, but still trade under their own names. The merge means that customers on each network can roam on the other network without being charged.

More information/purchase from Orange
More information/purchase from T-Mobile 

Reader comments

Orange and T-Mobile UK release the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9860


Now all I have to do is persuade Orange to let me upgrade before I am due to in March next year!

Here is the classic though:

Orange claim the 9900 doesn't support NFC and they aren't working on any app for it. Only their cheap samsung handset. So much for that being why the handset was delayed as I was told last week :(

Also UMA is going to be supported in the future but according to customer services, only if you have an official Orange branded handset and OS. :) I had a ball pointing out that I have never had an official OS on any handset from orange and UMA works fine. The guy didn't know what to say.

All the same, these sales-clerks. They are hired for their skill of selling products to customers. I was in Vodafone when the 9900 first came out. A woman in a BlackBerry shirt saw me looking at the dummy handset and I got offered by her to have a go at the store handset. I had a good feel and play around with the device while she was saying how great it was. I said it didn't have autofocus and she was like, "doesn't it? I'm sure it does." Nah, it has EDOF and has a worse-off sensor than the 9780. Then she tried to sell it by wondering if my phone number was important enough to change because I have 1 year left on my contract… nice try, but not interested as of yet!

I hated Orange/T-Mobile when I was on them. Horrible signal everywhere and banded to the max until I switched to Vodafone. The signal was pretty much increased.

Well cant complain about the signal, as I have ben with them for years, This wasnt the sales clerk I was told by, It was customer services which is