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T-Mobile launches the BlackBerry Bold 9900, its first 4G BlackBerry smartphone!

By Bla1ze on 17 Aug 2011 12:19 am EDT
T-Mobile Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Its First 4G BlackBerry Smartphone

The first to announce the device, and second last of the major carriers to get it out the door, the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9900 be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, Aug. 17. And will be available at T-Mobile retail stores and at select dealers and national retailers nationwide starting Aug. 31. Full press release is after the break for you all, read on and be sure to check out our BlackBerry Bold 9900 review. Who's been waiting on a T-Mobile version?

Press Release

T-Mobile Launches the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Its First 4G BlackBerry Smartphone

Featuring the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, the smartphone will be T-Mobile’s fastest BlackBerry to date, leveraging a 1.2 GHz processor and America’s Largest 4G Network

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Aug. 17, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming nationwide availability of the first 4G BlackBerry® smartphone to run on America’s Largest 4G Network™  — the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900. Available today in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers and launching nationwide on Aug. 31, the 4G-capable BlackBerry Bold 9900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever (at only 10.5mm) and the first to offer the perfect union of a high-performance keyboard and brilliant touch display integrated within the iconic BlackBerry Bold design. Featuring a range of powerful hardware enhancements including a 1.2 GHz processor, Liquid Graphics™ technology 24-bit high-resolution graphics and advanced sensors, the new smartphone is designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity.

“T-Mobile is excited to add a BlackBerry smartphone to T-Mobile’s best 4G product lineup ever,” said Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With the new BlackBerry Bold 9900, we are offering our socially-active and business-minded customers a powerful device with a unique proposition — the pairing of a nationwide 4G network with the mobile communications efficiency that has become synonymous with BlackBerry smartphones.”

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is powered by the new BlackBerry 7 operating system, which introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid Web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry. Additional enhancements to this next-generation BlackBerry browser have also optimized zooming and panning for smoother Web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

“We continue to deliver innovative products for our customers, and we’re excited to offer our first 4G BlackBerry smartphone,” said Femi Lakeru, vice president of business sales, T-Mobile USA. “Since T-Mobile offers 4G speeds in more places than any other wireless broadband network in the U.S., CIOs can trust that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will give their employees the ultimate combination of speed, productivity and security.”

T-Mobile’s high-speed 4G network continues to expand and is now available in more than 190 markets, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide*. With the addition of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, T-Mobile now offers a wide variety of 4G devices including smartphones, tablets, laptop sticks, a netbook and a mobile hotspot. Running on America’s Largest 4G Network, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 helps make life truly mobile — all at 4G speeds. Whether accessing email, sending an invoice, getting directions or uploading photos, T-Mobile customers stay connected and informed virtually anywhere life takes them.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 smartphone continues the tradition of delivering a leading mobile communications experience with a highly refined and integrated suite of phone, email, messaging and social apps to keep users connected and productive throughout the day. Recent enhancements include the newest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), and an updated Social Feeds (2.0) app. The new Facebook® for BlackBerry smartphones (2.0) app introduces features like Facebook chat and BBM integration that make it easier for users to connect with their Facebook friends in real time.

The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is also the first device to come preloaded with T-Mobile’s new MobileLife® Family Organizer application. Powered by Cozi, MobileLife Family Organizer makes managing families’ busy schedules easier with centralized calendars, shopping lists, to-do lists, and family journals that allow family members to share updates with each other on the go. Calendar reminders can be sent by text or email allowing customers to avoid missing their kids’ soccer practice or an important shared appointment. More information about MobileLife Family Organizer can be found at http://crackberry.com/ext?link=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.jdoqocy.com%2Fclick-3045577-11031750%3Furl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.t-mobile.com%252Fcalendar.


The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, Aug. 17. The smartphone is expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores and at select dealers and national retailers nationwide starting Aug. 31. For more information about T-Mobile products and services, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

T-Mobile’s 4G network has expanded to additional markets, including Atlantic City, N.J., and  Florence, Ala. A complete list of all the markets where T-Mobile’s 4G network is live can be found at http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/4g-fact-sheet.

For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

*T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network not available everywhere

About T-Mobile USA

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2011, approximately 128 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.


woo first!

i cant wait for this phone. been checking everyday to preorder!


I saw what you did there. So sad.


I called their customer service and inquired about the 9900 a couple of hours ago and the guy was clueless about it.


I called too and the guy said it was due sometime in september aand that he "didn't know the price but bets it will be expensive" thanks for hiring the bottom 3 percent


UPDATE: Apparently the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is only available to business accounts that are adding additional line to their accounts or starting a new line of service. All upgrades will be held off until the 31st.

If indeed you do want to add a line, you must contact your local T-Mobile Business Class sales representative directly and they will place the order for you. Here is the link to find your local T-Mobile Business Class sales rep. [ http://www.t-mobile.com/business/locator.aspx ]

I finally contacted mines here in Atlanta, Georgia and this is the info that he gave me. I was also directed multiple times from customer care, and business care that I would indeed need to contact the local Business Class sales rep.


And then there was one...


$350 upfront ... yikes.


Where did u see the $350


Their Facebook page said it will be $299.99 after a $50 mail in rebate.


Can't help but feel that the price is inflated knowing that the die hard enthusiasts will probably buy the phone regardless. Price will definitely drop after a month or so.


I really want this baby but WTF is up with T-mo, this should not be legal, VZW has it for $199!!!! It's the same device damit!!! WTF


This is a terrible price. I hope people call t-mobile and tell them that if they don't give them the Verizon price they will go to Verizon (or Sprint). This is not an exclusive device so the pricing makes no sense.
Also, since both the Verizon and Sprint versions are world phones people can travel with them.

Verizon has a much better phone price and better coverage.
Sprint has s somewhat better phone price and much better monthly fees.
Free Voice Navigation. I use Waze but it is nice to have a back-up.
Free TV

I would call them just because this ticks me off and I'm not even with T-Mobile. Strange thing is they were the first to announce and last to get.




I'm excited but damn TMO what took you so long to announce the release date. Doesn't matter can't wait till August 31.


Finally a firm release date :o)... Might hold off for a bit if the off-contract price ends up being $599


I want it this or 9860.. Need to wait until UMA is available.


ill wait till price drops....is a lame price


So is this REAL 4G? TMO is the first carrier that is saying 4G for 9900 or 9930.


I think the 9900 from Rogers is H+, I could be wrong though.


According to Engadget, AT&T's Bold will be 4G, also. The reviews all specify the device as "3G/4G." I'm with Verizon and I'm annoyed. I'd sure love a 4G Bold and a PlayBook...

experiment 626

The GSM Bold 9900 uses HSPA+ data(Think of it as 3.5 G) Not as fast as LTE(4G) data but better than HSPA(GSM 3G ) or EVDO data(CDMA 3G).


Well judging from all the comments I'm seriously thinking about making T-Mobile my second mobile carrier, no one else in the US has good service as a gsm provider


I have TMO and prepay the service... pay $70 per month for unlimited everything. For unlimited BIS its $80 per month ... no taxes or regulatory fees either. Great service.


Wow! 4G!! Magic!!! lol

But I am super happy to see this because I want this for Wind Mobile!!


Being the only major US carrier that wasn't shown on the "wireless giant road map", and after staying in the dark all this time, T-Mobile finally comes through for its customers...I congratulate all of the T-Mobile customers that have been patiently waiting...

On a more sad note, I'd like for us to have a moment of silence for all those AT&T customers (including me) that have to endure 2.5 more months of pain and restless nights, dreaming of the day they'll be able to embrace a Bold or Torch 9860, while at the same time having nightmares about that day never coming...




You guys are the only ones getting the new torch (slider and the all touch) as well as 9900 (a little late but still getting it) in the us.


I thought Sprint was getting the all otuch blackberry as well? They're both supposed to drop on the 21st.


The price is very disappointing. I will be waiting a bit longer to get my 9900. Perhaps it will be a Christmas present to myself.


That's kinda what I'm thinking about doing.

Many OS bugs should be worked out. IF UMA will be coming, it should be available by then. Price will be lower. More accessories will be available. Many apps will be updated and optimized.

Definitely worth the wait.


H+ is not 4G no matter how much T-Mobile says it is. Sure it's faster than 3G under IDEAL conditions but LTE blows H+ out of the water.


That would explain why Costco took off their website all BB devices for TMO yesterday. I would venture to guess that Costco along with Amazon will sell it at $199 or a little bit less.


It's finally confirmed! I was totally planning on buying it when it first comes out but damn at that price! and im not even at my full upgrade yet, only partial. so i might have to wait even longer :( at least until the price drops.. maybe it will be cheaper somewhere like best buy or sams club.. only one can hope :(


I would check Best Buy or Amazon. At 300 bucks you can do better by buying the device and getting the lower no device fee.
At least they finally got it out but if they think we won't be creative to get a price similar to what all the other carriers have they don't know CBers.

Alternatively, VZ is providing this phone for 199. Hey, many people are with AT&T or TMob because they are world phones but the new Berries are all world phone capable even at Verizon and Sprint.
By the way, Sprint has the cheapest plans in my view. Free navigation, free T.V. (basic), and true all you can eat data all for less.
Just some ideas.


This is true trust me sprint has the cheapest plans.But on the flip side the cutomer service is less than spectacular the plans are falsely advertised and i can say that because ive had sprint for a while. After a long inner debate im switching to t-mobile not only do they have a better phone selection, customer service, wireless coverage, advertising, business color, logo, store locations, events,....... you see where im getting with this


On the tags it says BPLD not BOLD just letting ya know.
I knew it would release the 17. Just y'all didn't wanna believe me in the Forums -.-


Now at&t customers are all alone in waiting for the official announcement of the new devices :(


But I have to buy it off contract, so I guess it is no big deal. Maybe I will get it on a different carrier, T-Mobile is more expensive for once. Strange.


In the past year I have bought my phone outright and used TMO no contract prepaid service on my Galaxy S. If I decide to go with the 9900 I will just buy it outright as the TMO service I have will cost you $80 per month for unlimited talk, text and 4G speed data. Taxes are included in that price and prepaid services are not subject to regulatory fee... $80 and that's it. So far I have saved an average of $38 per month compared to when I had Verizon.


Congrats for T-Mobile customers!


Where is this pre-sale, and who qualifies as a business customer? Does that mean corporate only?

Those on contract prices feel like a rip off for early adopters. I usually buy full price, hopefully that's in line with other carriers.


Hi all

I'll fly to usa to improve english. Only Tmobile can give me a mountly prepaid bis service, but can I use my bb9900 europe or I must buy this tmobile? I read tmo use a different frequency of my bb europe (or att frequency)?


Agreed I'm waiting for the price to go down too, no reason to rush and waste money.

Plus I'm going off contract.


Ok, question... Can I just buy this phone outright from T-Mobile, unlock it and use it on my AT&T account? Seems like a great alternative to waiting till god knows when for ATT to drop it..

Can someone confirm this idea?


That'll only work if you don't mind your data speed dropping back to EDGE. T-Mobile and AT&T use different frequencies once you get into the 3G+ range, and the phones sold for both are slightly different because of it. (Not sure if its antenna differences or just low-level non-user-changeable firmware.)

FWIW, I did use a Bold 9000 on T-Mobile many years ago, and was happy to deal with the limitation in exchange for the upgrade. (But I did buy a 9700 with T-Mobile 3G support the moment I could.)


You'd be better off getting it from Rogers since they use the exact same frequency as AT&T.


I'd love to get it from Rogers but have yet to figure out a way. Any suggestions?

experiment 626

eBay has new Rogers unlocked Bold 9900s for around $700-$800.


Ughh... That isn't gonna work for me! Geezus!


I go up to Vancouver every 3 weeks or so.. I am heading up on August 25 and a couple of other people asked me to pick them up a unit from Rogers for whatever they charge for it not a cent more.. don't mind picking up one more unit so if you like go ahead and PM me.


i inboxed you, no response.. I need one!


FINALLY!!! So how do we Pre-order it now form T-mobile?


You lucky americans, us t-mobile uk customers havent heard a peep about the 9900 yet and tmobile uk is supposed to have the biggest amount of blackberry users out of all the other carriers in the country. Pathetic!


How are they the 1st to announce and basically the last to release?? Yes, I know ATT wont release it until November.....but they have the Torch so they are at least releasing SOMETHING new....and the price of 49.99 that ATT offers is outstanding. Im definitely not an ATT fan, but come on Tmo.....dont screw what loyal customers you have!!


T-Mobile will probably be the first to sell the new curve and curve touch.


just spoke to business care. Was told only new line of service would be able to purchase 9900 starting today. So its not for all business customers :(


I'm super annoyed that this phone was officially announced by RIM in May but won't be available on the largest carrier in the US (AT&T) until November. WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP!! Yes, I know about the exclusivity of the 9810.. but cmon AT&T. Not everybody wants a slider.. and not everybody wants a full touch handset..


guess wind mobile here i come *means i can ditch robbers wireless!!!*


If I purchase the unlocked version of the bold 9900 and use it on T-Mobile's service, will it still run 4G? I'm not a big fan of how T-Mobile doesn't let you choose when to run 4G instead of 3G on it's 4G capable phones. It kills the battery.


So what does "pre-order' mean? If I order today, will it ship now or will it ship on 8/31? If the latter, who cares if I can pre-order it?


does having a freelancers union corporate discount qualify as having a business account?


I agree this is a steep price but hoping Costco, letstalk or wirefly will carry it for less. I am looking at switching from ATT to T-mobile.

Question for you t-mo clients: The t-mo site show a 49.99 unlimited everything (2GB data @4G) on their home page for family plans. So for 2 line, $100 which is significantly less than the usual $140 price. What am i missing? seems too good to be true.

And the next question, the resellers i mentioned above do not seem to offer this promo. Can i chose the $140 plan from say let's talk (assuming they offer the phone for less) and then call t-mo and switch my plan to the $100 (2-lines)?



The $49.99 price does not include a subsidized phone... so you'd have to pay full price for the unit. I have their prepaid no contract plan and I pay $80 for unlimited mins, text and data... taxes included in that price and no regulatory fees so $80 is it.

If you wanted less data (100 MB at 4G and then unlimited at 2G) subtract $10.

Also the family plan has a 2 year contract and if you change it there is $200 EFT which is still $160 cheaper than Verizon's or AT&T's.


Robert - Thanks for the info. The ad is very misleading. I will check the prepaid plans.


UPDATE: Apparently the BlackBerry Bold 9900 is only available to business accounts that are adding additional line to their accounts or starting a new line of service. All upgrades will be held off until the 31st.

If indeed you do want to add a line, you must contact your local T-Mobile Business Class sales representative directly and they will place the order for you. Here is the link to find your local T-Mobile Business Class sales rep. [ http://www.t-mobile.com/business/locator.aspx ]

I finally contacted mines here in Atlanta, Georgia and this is the info that he gave me. I was also directed multiple times from customer care, and business care that I would indeed need to contact the local Business Class sales rep.


I can buy a $100 phone and a $199 camera and both will be superior to this BlackBerry.



I love this phone but I'm worried that next year RIM will lunch QNX and this phone would be outdated, I really want to buy it. any suggestions? Thanks


Buy it, use and enjoy, have TMO unlock, sell on eBay, buy next phone for small price difference. Repeat as often as needed. Unlocked BBs on eBay fetch decent prices, usually close to the contract price of the latest and greatest.


$350 and an insulting wait for a $50 rebate? Is RIM's management now running T-Mobile? Seems so since this is truly garbled thinking. Other carriers are selling the 9900 for $250.

This bizarre pricing is even more strange considering the corrupt, impending AT&T buyout, which could very well render this phone and bands useless. If this phone is priced at $499 off contract, I'm in....otherwise I'm waiting. My 9700 is good enough for a few more months.


Agree. $350 is too high. They are smoking crack. I'm leaving Tmobile. Sprint here I come.


i want it so bad, i would pay $350 for it, but i dont have a business lol


Like many others, I am extremely disappointed in the pricing. 299.00 is an abnormally price for a device that includes a two-year contract renewal plus an eighteen dollar upgrade fee . I am sure that it will be reduced in the next two months. That said, T-Mobile does have the best value of all the major carriers, especially if you are grandfathered in for the 5 gigabytes of data. I am not saying that the phone isn't worth it, just that its too high to become a volume seller at that price.


I cant wait to get my hands on this baby....


Finally, I'll get it on the 31st if it comes out.


Anyone know any stores that have this in NYC area? Willing to pay whatever