Yesterday RIM officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9700 along with a bunch of carriers issuing their own press releases, some containing info on pricing and availability. Keep in mind that these press releases are similar with their announcement except for carrier-specific differences.
Check out the roundup after the jump. If you found an announcement from a carrier I haven’t mentioned yet let me know in the comments!
AT&T*, the choice for twice as many smartphone customers than any other carrier and the first U.S. carrier to offer BlackBerry® service, announced today that the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM; TSX:RIM) will be available for AT&T consumer and business customers in the coming weeks. The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 builds on the success of the original Bold model, introduced nearly one year ago, also on AT&T’s nation’s fastest 3G network. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier to offer the original BlackBerry Bold and will be among the first to offer the new BlackBerry Bold 9700.
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone will be available in the coming weeks for $199.99 (pay $299.99 and receive $100 mail-in-rebate.) AT&T smartphones require the purchase of a monthly data plan. Other monthly charges apply.
Bell (no pricing yet)
Bell today confirmed that it will offer the new BlackBerry(R) Bold(TM) 9700, the latest 3G smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM), when Bell Mobility launches its all-new HSPA high-speed wireless network in November.
“Bell is thrilled to bring the powerful new BlackBerry Bold 9700 to business and consumer clients nationwide when we launch our new HSPA network next month,” said Adel Bazerghi, Senior Vice President of Products at Bell Mobility. “Clients will be able to choose from BlackBerry smartphones that operate on Bell’s new HSPA network, offering superior international roaming to more than 200 countries worldwide, or those that operate on Bell’s existing EVDO network, already Canada’s largest 3G network and offering unbeatable North American coverage. With Bell, clients will have access to the best of both worlds.”
Rogers Wireless today announced that it will be offering the BlackBerry® Bold(TM) 9700, the latest 3G smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM – News; TSX: RIM – News), in the coming weeks.
“The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is certainly a sight to behold,” said John Boynton, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Rogers Communications. “Rogers is pleased to add this stylish, high performing device to our lineup of leading-edge smartphones, just in time for the holiday season.”
Pricing & Availability
The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 smartphone will be available from Rogers in the coming weeks for $299.99 on a three-year voice and data activation with a minimum monthly service plan of $45.
Telus (no pricing yet)
TELUS today announced that it will be offering the BlackBerry BoldTM 9700 in November, the latest 3G smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM).
“The new BlackBerry Bold 9700 will offer both our business and consumer clients an amazing mobile experience,” said David Neale, senior vice-president of Product and Services at TELUS. “TELUS is focused on smartphone leadership for the benefit of our customers, and to that end we offer a comprehensive line-up of state-of-the-art smartphones to meet our customers’ need to stay connected, informed and entertained on the go. The BlackBerry Bold is definitely a great addition to our smartphone selection.”
Additional information about pricing and availability will be shared in the coming weeks.
T-Mobile (no pricing info yet)
T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 with Wi-Fi Calling from T-Mobile. It will be the first 3G-powered BlackBerry smartphone available through T-Mobile USA, and also the first smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) that includes built-in support for both 3G connectivity and voice calls over Wi-Fi®.
“Increasingly, T-Mobile customers are expanding the use of their BlackBerry smartphones by communicating with friends and family online and through the latest applications and services,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA, Inc. “Customers deserve a fast and reliable broadband experience, and that’s what we’re delivering with the new BlackBerry Bold on T-Mobile’s nationwide 3G network.”
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 with Wi-Fi Calling will be available from T-Mobile in time for the holiday season.
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