Bell announces Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860 (Bold 9900 has “Approx retail value $599.95 Cdn”)

Ian Hardy

August 3, 2011 3:51pm

Bell is the latest carrier to officially announce they will sell the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Torch 9810 and Torch 9860. This confirms confirming all the leaked documents over the past few weeks. In addition, to celebrate the re-birth of RIM’s BlackBerry devices Bell has put together a contest where they’ll giveaway a Bold 9900. The contest date ends on August 18th and in the fine print it states the 9900 has an “Approx retail value $599.95 Cdn”… so this will be the no-contract price point from them.

Source: Bell

  • jb

    its not the best network its the worst network

    • bob

      Bell’s network is fine
      It covers something like 96% of canadians with HSPA+. Rogers gets 90% with HSPA+ and 95% with GSM.

      Problem is price, support, policies, etc.

    • Zack

      Actually, In Canada if your company advertises something, it must be true. Bell does have the best network. Rogers calls it “Canada’s reliable network”. See?

  • Kardi

    I’d prefer a contest for the Torch 9860 to be perfectly honest! 🙂

  • TomatoGuy

    Bold 9900 and Samsung Galaxy S II at the same price. Who would be dumb enough to pick the former?

    • aka

      Because your company phone needs BES to access your corporate email, calendar, contacts..? Because all your friends are on BBM..Just saying..

  • TheTigerTek

    Why does all the carriers claim to have the best network..I’m going to have to get the 9900 unlocked because I know Fido won’t carry it. DAMN YOU FIDO!!!

    • aka

      How else do you expect them to advertise? “We have a mediocre network”?

  • adam

    i really thought they would charge more like 499 maybe 549 to make it more attractive. charging the same or more than the hotter more in demand phones is definitely not a good idea in my opinion

  • Reg

    I’m not too crazy about the pricing structure either. To be competitive, they’d have to keep the same pricing as they have now:

    9810 at $99.95 to $149.95
    9900 at $49.95 to $99.95

    As to buying one outright, the $600 price point is high in comparison to what you can get i.e. iPhone 4, HTC Sensation, SG2

    Looks like we’re having a sale to clear the 9780/9800s out to make room for the new lineup!

  • aa

    599CDN? Is Rim stupid or what?

    • Ger

      @aa It’s the carrier that sets the no-contract pricing, not RIM. That’s why Koodo was able to sell their Curve 3G for $225 while many other carriers had it for $399 or more because it makes it seem like the customer is getting a deal when signing for three years (“Oh wow, a $500 rebate!”).

  • Graham J

    I heard some carriers were receiving dummy phones. I guess these are them.

  • Carlos

    T-Mobile in the U.S is going to have the 9900 for $300 on 2 year contract.. damn why are they putting these prices so high

  • wes

    is this going to be coming in white as well? hmmmm…

  • jb

    bels network in bc seriusly sucks it might be good on other provicnes here it is onyl rogers who is good and mobilicity where they have coverage i think that mobilicity and wind have better coverage in their zones then bell. i have bell prepaid and i only get one or 2 bars

    • Jerrik

      @jb: I completely disagree with you 100%. Bell’s network is fantastic in BC. I get better service with Bell than my friends do with Rogers. Bell has a superior network than Rogers. Just my opinion.

  • jb

    in 90 percent of the schools in bc bell has no network where they have 1 bar rogers has 4 or 5 bars i no there some places where rogers suck and bell rocks and some places bell sucks and rogers rocks
    rogers cover 96 percent hspa plus
    and 98 percent gsm

    • aka

      comparing urban coverage between the big3 is moot, you can take the same argument in a different location/building, and the reverse will be true.

      what you should be comparing is remote locations like highways outside of the city limits, national parks, etc..

  • Enzo

    is RIM insane? 600 dollars for a new bb with 2008 specs!?
    RIM wont survive for long with these ridiculous price points

    i guess they’ll have to learn the hard way when they realize that no one is buying them

    • Bob

      2008? So the iPhone 4 has 2007 specs?