Starting with this week, Sprint users will be able to purchase two new smartphones from their wireless carrier, namely the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850.
Based on Research In Motion's BlackBerry 7 OS, the two will be put for sale through Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales, and online on the wireless carrier's website as soon as Sunday, August 21st.
When released, the new BlackBerry Bold 9930 will sport a price tag of $249.99 (excluding taxes) with the signing of a new contract agreement, while the BlackBerry Torch 9850 will go for $149.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in rebate and the signing of a two-year contract.
The BlackBerry Bold 9930 is only 10.5mm thick, but packs a wide range of appealing features, starting with the touchscreen display that is complemented by a QWERTY keyboard in the classic Bold design.
The smartphone comes with a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display, a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS receiver, and Near Field Communications (NFC).
The new BlackBerry Torch 9850 is the first all touch handset from RIM to arrive on shelves at Sprint.
It sports a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, complemented by a trackpad for easy navigation, a 1.2GHz application processor inside, and a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back.
Both the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the BlackBerry Torch 9850 are World Phones, come with Liquid Graphics technology, and run under the BlackBerry 7 OS, being capable of offering increased performance capabilities and a great experience to all users.
Other key features of the two smartphones include:
- BlackBerry service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations
- DataViz Docs To Go Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
- BlackBerry App World, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
- BlackBerry Playbook support with BlackBerry Bridge (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
- Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applications
The BlackBerry 7 OS also comes with a faster Web browser, as well as with BlackBerry Balance, offering users new ways to keep their professional and personal lives separated on the same smartphone.