T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 Marketing Image!

By Kevin Michaluk on 8 Sep 2009 04:09 pm EDT
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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700

Our pal Al Sacco scored a bank error in his favor this morning when T-Mobile sent him a marketing image of the upcoming BlackBerry Bold 9700 which was not accompanied by any embargo terms. I brought you live images of the T-Mobile branded Bold 9700 previously, but this marketing shot sure looks sweet. T-Mobile also sent along the following blurb, which still makes use of the "onyx" codename:

"The BlackBerry 'Onyx' sports a premium experience and design with a high-gloss black finish and leather grain detail on the back. Boasting features such as high-speed 3G Web browsing, Wi-Fi calling, visual voicemail and support for corporate and personal e-mail options, the 'Onyx' will satisfy all your on-the-go needs. Also the phone comes preloaded with mobile applications from BlackBerry App World, including Amazon MP3 store for quick and easy music downloads and TeleNav GPS Navigator for turn-by-turn directions." 

Regarding release dates, Al says T-Mobile says it'll be here before the end of 2009, and with the later-heard embargoed date being early November that sounds more than reasonable. As far the use of the word "onyx" goes, it could be that their sticking with that for now until they officially decide on the model number for the device. It should be a Bold 97xx (the word Bold is on the backside of the device), but rumor has it that the T-Mobile version of the Bold is actually a bit different spec'd than the version AT&T and other GSM carriers around the world will ultimately get. While the AT&T/other version makes use of the Bold 9000's processor and battery, the T-Mobile version is slightly different, featuring a different processor and making use of the battery found in the Curve 8900/Storm/Tour. Why? So the T-Mobile version will be the same worldwide, working with 3G both on T-Mo USA and T-Mo in Europe, while the everybody else version of the new Bold (AT&T, Rogers, Vodafone, etc.) will not need T-Mo USA's HSPA frequencies. Maybe T-Mo's will be the Bold 9700t while elsewhere it'll just be the 9700. Or maybe their just waiting until RIM actually announces the exsistence of the device and are sticking to the onyx codename until that happens. As always, all will be revealed in time. Sure looks pretty though.

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T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 Marketing Image!

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I'm excited too but I think i'm going to sit this one out. And wait for the next BB tmobile will release around Feb 2010.

Maybe its the pics I have seen (video too) but it seems like the keyboard goes out further to the edges making it wider.

I haven't been keeping tabs on the Onyx since I'm on Verizon but I thought I remembered seeing early pics with the keyboard having the same beveled look as the sides of the device, witch in turn made the keyboard look a bit smaller.

I could be wrong though. As I said, I haven;t been paying too much attention to the Onyx hype.

Looks great though!

I thihk I like the less conservative look it has compared to the Tour. I also like that it is it's own device as far as style. it may have the Bold's leather back but other than that it pretty much is it's own style with keeping with RIM's curent over all style.

That was one of the things I didn't like about the Tour when I first saw pics. The fact that the casing is a combo of the Storm and 8900.

This is indeed what everyone has been waiting for! It has it all, I hope Sprint gets a version like this, or their Tour version next year at least has the trackpad, Wi-Fi and 5.0 in it!!!

so the 9700 will have the same processor speed as the 9000... that totally burst my bubble =[

So wait the T-Mobile curve will have AWS & regular 3g banding so it'll work on other networks?? If so sweet!

cool!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't WAIT!!!!!!!!!!
FOR IT! THE PHONE LOOKS GOOD COME ON T-MOBILE BRING IT OUT....

I can't wait for this device!!!! My 8320 is ready to retire.
What do you think will tmobile include in the Box??

I'm not normally one to salivate over new devices, but I like the looks of this one...I've been hemming and hawing over whether to jump over to T-Mobile, and this might just make my decision for me in a few months. :)

Very excited about this... Two things though. No mention of UMA and I thought the codename for the T-Mobile branded 9700 was the "Driftwood". I love the "Onyx" codename. Can't get excited though, RIM will change that at the last minute... Yay, my name is on the phone!!! :-)

oo btw Kevin.. We all know you already have the StormII. Do you have the Onyx/Driftwood too?? You were excited when you saw someone carrying the 9700 in the wild so I'm assuming you don't?

"including Amazon MP3 store for quick and easy music downloads"

Hmmm . . . fascinating. I wonder if this will be available for other BB devices.

Wow! That is nice!! With all the new models coming out, I'm losing track of which phone will have which rumored feature. Is this the one that's rumored to have a touch screen and keyboard, or am I get this one mixed up with an other rumored model?

They've been talking about the Magnum since 2008 so i'm betting CES 2010 in January they'll have a working copy and you'll probably see it on carries Feb-Mar 2010. Tmo usually release a new BB around that time. So if you can wait i'd skip over the Onyx cause you know there will be a new BB in 5months.

well now lets all run !!! and grab a 9700

if I could afford it I would but 2 haha gimme

I would even promote RIM to get one :)!!! rofl

I hope this one have a better batery performance and a non heat celular.
Cause my bold is hot as hell!! but i do love it!!

UMA is the only thing T-Mo has over AT&T...who's to say T-Mo's 3G service will even be worth a DAMN! Guess you'll be dropping 'em too!

I didn't see anything in this article or the one on CIO that made me think they will actually called this the "Bold 9700" other than a reference to a production model with "Bold" stamped on the back.

I'd have to think the Bold's successor will come as an exclusive to AT&T first and hopefully be the same size as the Bold, not smaller like this one.

Don't see the reasons for such excitements.
Bold 9000, Tour, and this one look pretty much alike.
Yes, there are some minor barely visible cosmetic diffs,
but not that many to jump and attack nearest store.
This ad doesn't even say if the device has better than 9000 screen!

I will be buying this phone, but I might try to wait a few extra months and get it at the lower price with a new contract.

Is it confirmed that the T-mo version of the Bold 9700 will have UMA? The last I heard, T-mo was having complications with UMA + their 3G network together.

oo yea! i remember hearing that too.. apparently none of the techs has been able to successfully use uma and 3g together... but the original article does say it will support uma...
i guess all we can do is wait and see!

Nice phone, but I'm still waiting for the Magnum on T-mo. Will it happen? Also, what's with the lesser processor and battery? Unfortunately I don't travel abroad, so making it work on both networks doesn't help me, better battery and faster processing would though.

Not the bloody touchpad. I tried thr 85xx at the TMo store and was ready to throw the phone out the window!

I just upgraded to a 8900 in May cause my 8320 was on its last legs. But this is exciting and I can't help drooling. When we get a release date the 8900 is going on eBay and I will be first in line at the T-Mo store. Come on T-Mo!

dumb question but will it have better service since it has 3g probably yes cuz edge here in ct suxz and my girlfriend wants a new blackberry

All these new BlackBerrys - it's almost too much for a CrackBerry addict to stand - but I think I can handle it!!

Looks like it's going to be a 'Berry' Christmas for one and all. Which one to get? Will it be an Onyx or a Storm II? Or maybe wait till Q1 0f 2010 and get the BB Essex.

Speaking of 2010, what other BBs will RIM be announcing? Should be very interesting. Am looking forward with great anticipation and excitement. Bring it on.

- CB

Is this through skype or can you boldly get the phone calls that should have come in through your carrier . . . I know, probably wishfulness on my part.

This is not via skype, although I think that is possible too. The wifi calling is done via UMA, and yes, you can get call that came in via your carrier.

Is this through skype or can you boldly get the phone calls that should have come in through your carrier . . . I know, probably wishfulness on my part.

OHHHHH, I can not wait! This will definately be my next device.....I have had my current bb for over 6 mos....TOOOO LOOOOOONG :)

Maybe if this actually comes out in November I might remain as a loyal t-mobile customer, personally I would rather have the the Storm 2.

What's the deal verizon? Can we at least see the 9700 let's go we have the network but att and tmobile get the best blackberries. We are asking please get this phone. Thanks

What's the deal verizon? Can we at least see the 9700 let's go we have the network but att and tmobile gets the best blackberries. We are asking please get this phone. Thanks

Looks a lot like my 8900 except for the trackpad and white numbers. Is this thing wide like the original Bold?