Bold 9900 and Torch 9810 dummy units start arriving at Virgin Mobile

All the pieces are coming together for the heavily talked about and much anticipated new BlackBerry devices. Canadian carrier distribution has been revealed, still waiting on Mobilicity, Videotron and WIND… but Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Virgin and SaskTel have all raised their hands. Various rumoured launch dates and complete price points have been listed. A positive move for Virgin Mobile today as they’ve joined the others and have successfully started to receive their dummy units of the Bold 9900 and the Torch 9810. Still no confirmed release date.

(Thanks tipster!)

  • eric

    f**k yeah!

  • Billy B Baxter

    Can’t wait… Also, I give about 10 minutes before some Apple fanboy comes and trolls this post.

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  • Alex Perrier

    BlackBerry is wise to make their smartphones cross-carrier, so there are normally both AWS and Big 3 versions of each model, with a few exceptions like the first Torch. Unlike Nexus S, however, they are locked, with is a shame.

    As far as getting one from Virgin… meh. Better than directly from Bell, but still confined to a local calling area, plus almost all bad plans except for maybe $35 City or Incoming.

    So my suggestion is: shop around, find the best value, and hopefully Virgin BB $ < Bell BB $.

    • Anti-Troll

      WTF go back in your cave troll! Virgin is awesome go troll somewhere else you douche

  • Jim

    The satin/brushed metal looks a lot nicer than the chrome! I’m liking it

  • Peter B

    Every carrier seems to be releasing a new Blackberry. With many people waiting till a QNX ready version is available I think Blackberry will have a bumpy road until the first quarter of 2012.

    And even then it may be too little, too late.

  • Sean

    Couldn’t they just keep using the same dummy units i mean it’s not like the design radically changed..

  • Alex Perrier

    Agreed for Sean’s remark. It’s like comparing an iPhone 3G versus an iPhone 3GS. If it’s a real model, then yes, you may want the newer version. However, since they are dummies, there is virtually NO cosmetic difference. Please correct me if i’m wrong…

    But hey, is that a front-facing cam… euh, no, that’s just a proximity sensor. WHAT!? Where’s the front-facing camera? No video chat? What were they thinking? Come on RIM, you’re a Canadian company, your sales are hurting, and you release some new phones which are supposed to be the next big thing? Oh, but that front-facing camera’s got to go, ’cause it’s not professional for business, it costs too much, and we’re keeping it classy…

    Certainly, video calling from a phone is a fairly new concept. But the Nexus S, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy Tab/SII, iPhone 4, LG Optimus Black/2X and even the HTC Status/Incredible S support videoconference! This would be EXCELLENT for businesses! So WHY would the true north’s RIM say NO to VIDEO PHONE CALLS!?!?!?!

    Definitively, RIM’s BlackBerry sales will hurt due to the lack of front-facing video cameras. Remember, this is the same company that thought that 3.6 Mbit/s was fast enough for a full 3G+ Internet experience. COME ON RIM, stand up for CANADA and include this simple front-facing camera, rather than strangely omit it!

    • Dean

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you’re a business man or woman and you feel the need to video conference, surely you’d use a laptop with a 15″ screen, not a phone. The video conferencing idea is cool, I had an iPhone 4 for 3 weeks and used FaceTime twice. Then the novelty wore off. I can see a lot of people using it, namely younger people, for explicit reasons and that’s pretty much it. Besides, if you are video conferencing with a number of people, you’ll use a camera and projector. Front facing camera is great for taking self-portraits of of you and your friend/spouse in front of a landmark, so it would be nice to see for that, but even Apple’s is a mere 1.2mp.

  • Jay

    I feel sorry for RIM employees. The people at the top are sinking this ship.

    • Alex Perrier

      Sounds a lot like a mini Titanic! :O

  • Rich

    @Sean I’m not a RIM nor BB fan, but unless you meant the torch… the differences in holding the 9900 and the 9780 are like night and day

  • Graham J

    BB dummy units… isn’t that sort of redundant?

  • The MVP

    Please new phones, come to America!!!!!

  • maria troche

    Are they coming to USA blackberry torch?

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