T-Mobile ready the Blackberry Bold 9700 for UK customers

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Blackberry Bold 9700T-Mobile will be launching the Blackberry Bold 9700 in the UK online from Friday 6th November.

Once under the rumoured name of “Onyx”, the Bold 9700 boasts a larger display (480 x 360, up from 480 x 320) than it’s 9000 predecessor, despite being noticeably smaller in your hand, measuring up at 109 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm.

Key features are set to include a new optical track pad to ease navigation, a 3.2 Mega pixel camera with video recording, HSDPA and Wi-Fi internet, up to 32GB of expandable memory, and the ability to sync your phone with your iTunes account.

The handset will be free with a £35 per month contract from T-Mobile, with the Blackberry Email Booster service and unlimited internet usage costing an extra £5 per month.

We know you Blackberry owners like to know whats going on under the bonnet, so here’s a rather extensive specifications sheet for the Blackberry Bold 9700:

  • Sleek design measuring 109 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm and weighing only 122 grams
  • Sharp and dazzling 2.44″ light-sensing display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi)
  • Highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard – with finely sculpted keys and chrome frets – for fast, accurate typing
  • Innovative touch-sensitive trackpad that allows intuitive and responsive navigation
  • Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g)
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • BlackBerry® OS 5.0, offering users email management and calendar enhancements as well as a better browsing experience with faster JavaScript and CSS processing
  • Built-in GPS for maps and other location-based applications, as well as photo geotagging
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music (music play now extended up to 38 hours), plus support for BlackBerry® Desktop Manager for both PCs and Macs, and BlackBerry® Media Sync for easily syncing iTunes® and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, dedicated volume controls, Lock and Mute keys seamlessly integrated across the top of the handset
  • microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards today and is expected to support 32 GB cards when available; a 2GB card is included
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • Premium and easy-to-access phone features, background noise suppression technology and high quality speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® (2.1) with support for Secure Simple Pairing, hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • Support for BlackBerry® services and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server deployments
  • Available in two versions to support various carrier 3G network frequency combinations:

– UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
– UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1700/900 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM

  • Removable, rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery that provides approximately 6 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time in 3G mode.
Gerald Lynch