Want a free BlackBerry Bold 9900? Enter the BBM BeBold contest and you could win!

BlackBerry BeBold contest
By Michelle Haag on 5 Apr 2012 05:43 pm
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Are you in the US or Canada and looking for a shot at winning a free BlackBerry Bold 9900? The BlackBerry Twitter team announced they are running a contest, giving away a Bold 9900 every day until May 31, 2012. Yes that's right, there are 70 BlackBerry Bold 9900s up for grabs! All you have to do to enter is either scan the barcode at the link below to add the contest as a BBM friend, or send a PIN message to 296446FA making sure to reference “BeBold” and confirm your intention to enter the Contest in your message. Not a current BlackBerry owner? You can still enter by mailing in an entry. (Full details can be found at the link below.) They will choose one winner per day and notify them via BBM or phone. Be sure to read the full rules and regulations, then get to adding!

My only question is, how is the device they are using holding up under the stress of all those adds? We all remember what happened awhile back when Kevin did the BBM Stress Test. Hopefully whatever BlackBerry they are using can handle the pressure.

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75 comments

Michelle Haag

PS. It was pointed out to me that the contest began March 22nd, but I figured I couldn't be the only that never knew about it so here ya go. lol

rspzeke

Awesome! thanks Michelle

cbfan123

I agree. I remember reading about the contest about two weeks ago. I was surprised CB didn't report it earlier.

Nashstruck

Contest not open to countries where BB is selling well lol.
Moving to iPhone in September n never looking back.

calvinmj

I have the 4S and other than a hyped up toy it's not worth the jump. Right now I'd settle for my old 9000. Iphone has issues like any other cell. Siri sucks most of the time. Reception is poor at best and I'm in downtown LA. I missed out on tix to the weenie roast cause of poor reception and the inability of my iphone to display the full ticketmaster site. Yeah so be careful what you wish for. I'm waiting for the bb10.

Kerri Neill

I completely agree. Hubby has the 4S and ends up using my 9930 when we're together. Siri is constantly screwing up, his reception is awful inside our house (we're both Sprint and mine is full bars and 3G while in the house) and his touchscreen isn't as responsive as his old iPod. I'm perfectly happy with my 9930 and waiting for the new BB10 phones :)

bigelectriccat

What flavor kool aid are you drinking??

Rootbrian

Bye.
Next time, don't post here. We don't need that. Rotten wine koolaid I guess he's drinking.

Tony_11

It takes no effort to join, might as well join up!

narci

Maybe it's the BeBold BBM ID isn't on a mobile device?

Cause for speculation that there's a desktop version out there?

Michelle Haag

That thought crossed my mind too.. but someone pointed out that the PIN has changed from what it was when the contest started.. I wonder if they're just filling up BBM lists then switching devices?

ekafara

i really need this. no one enter : )

Xader

Anyone actually read the rules?

Canuck contest winners have to pass a math test before they can collect.

"If a selected eligible entrant resides in Canada, he/she will be required to answer a time-limited, mathematical skill-testing question without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, which will be administered by Contest Administrator at a pre-arranged mutually convenient time, before being declared a Winner."

How odd...

Abrante

The question is "How many Bolds did we sell in India last month if we had 10k in stock and we ended up with 100?" The answer... Drum Roll..... 9900 :)

Michelle Haag

It's not odd. That's how Canadian contests are done, not just RIM sponsored ones.

Xader

I don't get it. Is there a point?

Michelle Haag

From a quick Google search:

"Many people wonder if the skill testing questions are thought up by the sponsors to prevent Canadians from winning as often. However, Canadian sweepstakes don't have skill testing questions because the sponsors want to discriminate against Canadians, but because they are required by Canadian sweepstakes law. 

Lotteries have three major components: the prizes have value, the sponsor benefits from the sweepstakes financially, and the winner is chosen at random. In order to avoid being an illegal private lottery, at least one of the three components must be removed.

In the United States, the sponsor usually removes the financial benefit component to avoid being classified as an illegal lottery. That is why most sweepstakes include statements in their rules that confirms that the entrant does not have to pay to enter, and that a purchase will not change the chances of winning.

Canadian sweepstakes law, unlike American law, requires that the third component, "winners are chosen by luck," is removed. Sponsors cannot use pure luck to determine who wins a sweepstake. There must be at least some element of skill involved.

In order remove the element of pure chance, sponsors narrow the field of potential winners by requiring a skill testing question to enter their contests. Every entrant does not have the same chance to win; only those who at least pass the skill testing question are eligible to win prizes. Of course, this is only a technicality. Most people can pass the skill testing questions without difficulty, although sponsors are required to make the test somewhat challenging. "

Source: http://contests.about.com/od/sweepstakes101/f/caskillquestion.htm

Xader

Interesting.

I couldn't imagine it was simply to exclude those who can't do basic math. There had to be another explanation.

The more you know...

kiser

Its only a simple math question.

RoboticGolem

...They're stress testing a bb10 build of bbm? One that doesn't have those limits we're all used to?

mithrazor

I have added the PIN like 45 min ago. Still hasn't accepted. Does it always take this long? lol

Michelle Haag

It took at least an hour for my request to be accepted. (I used the PIN method.) I imagine they are only doing it during business hours as well. Who wants to take it home and approve requests all night, right? :P

jkomo001

yea same here. I mentioned the contest in my request, I didn't know if we were jus supposed to mention it there or if it would accept you.

Xader

I'm sitting at around 12 hours with no response.

cbvinh

Not quite 12 hours yet...

How do I kill a pending request?

edyb

I was waiting for about 3 days with "pending" until I finally emailed the PIN directly, saying "still pending, why the delay" type of thing...

And then in about 3-4 hours I was added.

Ikraam

Why Only In US and Canada :(.. Im From South Africa

Abrante

switch your proxy settings... lol jk

mokkasins

Maybe they use a OS10 phone ;) to stress test their device ^^

brkiko201

I need this , I want this .

Kuttysark

Funny story, it's the same PIN they used for Uglysweater etc in NYC at Xmas time.

poolrookie78

I was entered in contest and had them on my BBM contact list. About a week ago the contact disappeared!! Wth??

Elyssa_38

I was wondering the same. Now im concerned whether I even have a change of winning haha

papped

Maybe it's not running on an actual device....

brunolovesbrit

It's not worldwide -.-"
CB's contests are better lol :)

Hibbylinx81

Aren't most BB users outside d US & Canada? What's d point here? Why should we outside North America continue to use BB when we can't get a chance like North American users to enter BB promo contests?

Abrante

Maybe because we buy Bold's and the BB penetration outside of North America is with Curves :)

oh also because we in North America have full blown data plans as opposed to $10 BBM only plans :)

Yandar

Speak for yourself :)

BBThemes

im in the UK with a bold (well, a few actually) and a `full blown` data plan (the only option in the UK.

also we pay in £ not $ ;)

Abrante

The top part of your comment makes sense.

The bottom part (as you wrote it) doesn't mean a thing. Now if we pay $90 USD a month for our plan and you pay 90 british pounds then your second comment is on to something because the exchange rate will indicate that you guys pay roughly 50% more than those in the USA paying with USD. But, I doubt that is the case. We pay $90 USD and you guys might be paying 40-50 pounds. same difference!

and you guys get faster data rates than we do in North America so you're actually paying equal amounts for more. lol

Michelle Haag

I don't see how debating data plans has anything to do with a contest sponsored by RIM. Do you pay RIM for your data, or do you pay your carrier?

derrickps3

anyone know if you should enter during business hours??? Like what time to enter? O_O....my request is still pending :(

arisham

Owh come on!! be fair to us in Asia...more open contest please...

sectionsix

There appears to be more than on PIN that you can use. Check the @blackberry feed on twitter. I saw the message below this morning.

"ADD THIS #BBM PIN - 29644736 - You could win a #BlackBerry #Bold: http://bbry.lv/HNre5n US & CA only."

derrickps3

I tried but it showed an error when trying to send

digitalhomeboy

Caught the contest back in March.
Pin 1) 28ED1A72 (still awaiting auth)
Pin 2) 29644736
Pin 3) 296446FA

kosmos2503

so unfortunate!! u guys don't consider India...tell u sumthing, dis is where BB will get its due respect & what it deserves & its lost charm.. all d best BB

R.I.P. Montréal Expos 1969-2004

WTH??? Why is Québec out of the contest? We are STILL part of Canada you know. Even though we should be leaving soon :D

edyb

See the following:

http://contests.about.com/od/sweepstakes101/f/VoidinQuebec.htm

Basically sums it up as follows:

"The reason why residents of Quebec are not eligible to enter many Canada sweepstakes is not because the sponsors don't want to advertise in Quebec, and it's nothing personal against any of the residents of that fine province. Rather, many sweepstakes are void in Quebec because the sponsors must follow a stringent set of rules set out by the Quebec government."

There is a list of about half dozen very serious rules to follow which require time and money to make sure it is all ok with the Quebec government. In conclusion:

"While these laws are intended to protect the citizens of Quebec, they are also a significant burden of money and resources to sweepstakes sponsors, and the consequences for a mistake are severe. Rather than run the risk of facing legal action if these long and complicated rules are not followed to the letter, many sponsors take the easy route of making their contests void in Quebec."

bullmoonpie

the bold is mine. thanks very much

koool1

I was hoping Crackberry would not mention this - I was on day 1 hoping to win before more people joined in !

xMatter

I will never understand my RIM always has contests for current BB users. They should be trying to gain new customers. All of their contests are for BBM users, and I would like a new BB, but I'm currently using a used iPhone since my Bold 9650 broke and upgrade season isn't here yet.

Michelle Haag

You can enter by mail as well. You don't HAVE to have a BlackBerry.

bluegreen1965

296446FA is still pending after 16 hrs. What is going on??

derrickps3

16 hours????? Lol i think this isnt a real contest

edyb

I just read the "fine print" on the Contest entry page...

When you sign up by scanning the PIN barcode, or email the PIN, you *MUST* mention that you want to "JOIN THE BEBOLD CONTEST". I waited for about 3 days and PIN showed up as "pending". Finally I emailed the PIN about it, and was added.

It is NOT enough to just scan the PIN barcode. You have to write them a message when you request the invite, or email later, that you want to join the BeBold contest.

Hope that helps anyone who is still in "pending" status (there go my chances to win).

mak5th

can i win this time atleast

azie

I sold my 9900 due to build quality. make me proud and give me one.

lord.karma

man I can't believe its only for US & Canada. I'm from India and let me tell you - ppl are CRAZY about BlackBerries here.. This is so not the strategic move from RIM giving away free bolds to ppl who don't even want it.. If this is the way they're gonna target markets its soon gonna be all over

bcuffy

Make it Bold and Ez, Blackberry.

equilibriam

it wud be dream come true

moyjoy

pending pending pending.

scrapmetal58

To those upset that the contest isn't available in every country, have you considered its because they are trying to get more word of mouth marketing in this market? North Americans haven't upgraded on a large scale, so this is likely a marketing strategy. The rest of the planet doesn't need this kind of marketing because they love Blackberry.

Snypa

Count me in. Thanks again Crackberry

kbog2829

I just joined the contest! I really hope i win one! I could use an upgrade!

ebrockerville

So i added the contest as a bbm friend but its been sitting at pending for about a week now can wny one tell me what im doing wrong?? Email me at evan.brockerville@hotmail.com

edyb

Ok, I emailed you, but just in case... Try to contact the pending PIN by sending them an email. Select the pending PIN in BB Messenger and choose "Contact " from the menu, send an email asking to be added to BeBold contest.

TheGonka95

So excited about this! I've never won anything and this would be awesome! If it happens, it happens! Good luck to everyone!

TxGoatHead

I was notified today, April 26th, that I am a daily winner in this contest...I can't wait to receive my new device!

Kyttee1

How come I never win anything ¬_¬ 9900 FTW!!! lol Please?