T-Mobile let us know that they have made the BlackBerry Torch 9810 official. The new device is already available in an exclusive pre-sale to T-Mobile business customers starting today and will be available to all online and in stores starting November 9th. The Torch 9810 is expected to cost $249.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a 2 year contract. There is no mention of UMA which is interesting… so I doubt it will be included at launch.
Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, the latest 4G BlackBerry smartphone to join America’s Largest 4G Network™. Powered by the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and a 1.2 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 provides a fast and fluid premium smartphone experience. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 combines a brilliant 3.2-inch TFT VGA capacitive touch-screen display with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard for a truly efficient and intuitive mobile communications experience.
Encased in a sleek and stylish form factor with a zinc grey color finish, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is equipped with essential smartphone features, including access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), personal and corporate e-mail, and social networking applications; a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording; and access to BlackBerry App World™ for downloading premium applications and games.
The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, November 2. The smartphone is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retailers, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com starting November 9. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to cost $249.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.
By now, if you’re a BlackBerry Torch 9810 fan and on T-Mobile you’ve heard — and been counting on them releasing it November 9th. That has been the suggested launch date for a while now and it’s been noted once or twice already but just to add some more confirmation on that matter, we were sent the following image highlighting the details. Business customers can order come November 2nd, with consumer options for ordering made available November 9th.
With the latest OS update today v126.96.36.19942 Readers have been noticing several of the apps working through Bridge without WiFi with this latest update, although not all of them are it seems that most are. It is nice to see that I can submit my scores and check the weather when no wifi is available now and not need to use the bridged browser.
We do know App World and Kobo are currently not able to do this.
We do know these app are capable.
The WiFi Web Browser
Many app that have web based leader boards or rankings are also working.
This list could be endless it appears but it is nice to see native and 3rd party apps working without wifi and taking advantage of the internet while being bridged.
Special thanks to Will and Randy and others who sent stuff in, if you care to share anything else, please leave a comment with this post or chat it up in our forums about what you’ve noticed.
To test this out, simple turn off your wifi on the PlayBook and turn on bluetooth, then open an app that uses an internet connection and see how it goes.
The Blackberry Bold 9900 is ready to make its arrival on T-Mobile’s network sometime in the near future as T-Mobile has posted internal docs previewing the device as “coming soon.” Of course all signs point toward August 31st as the arrival date. That’s “soon” right?
What’s truly interesting about the second image we received is listed under the specs: no Wi-Fi calling, UMA or Wi-Fi Hotspot. The image expressly tells us that these particular features are a no go at this time. However,according to the folks at MobileSyrup a leaked document for Canadian carrier Rogers indicates the UMA feature will “not be available at launch — enabled via software update at future timeframe.” We’ll assume that the means the update is coming from RIM and that it will be a worldwide update to Blackberry Bold 9900 users. Without this feature at launch we wonder if Blackberry isn’t risking some immediate sales on T-Mobile or other UMA supporting carriers if the 9900 lacks UMA.
Still, the Blackberry Bold 9900 is going to be the best Blackberry yet and with 4G on board along with the always great Blackberry keyboard this is definitely THE Blackberry to get.
If you are a BlackBerry Beta Zone subscriber and have a BlackBerry Bold 9700, 9780 or BlackBerry Curve 9300, you might have been asked to register for an upcoming OS6 beta for these device. I know I was as soon as I logged in. I’m on T-Mobile and have a 9700 lying around to use for this beta. It’s good to see T-Mobile letting RIM use their customers test out an OS before it’s release. I hope other cellular providers do the same, that way we can get a good release of an OS. I believe customer feed back is a hundred times better than and internal testing. As you can see from the picture below the beta OS188.8.131.528 for the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is out and ready to be tested
I’ll be honest I would rather get a beta release from RIM than from Hotfiles, rapidshare, megaupload, or zshare lol kidding, than from an unknown source. I do take my risk when installing a leaked OS, but I understand the risk. Now with T-Mobile and RIM letting existing customers test this OS before it release to the public, is great for us leak OS installs. If this works out well I believe more beta OS will be released this way. Crossing my fingers lol.
If you haven’t signed up yet here is the link: blackberry.com/beta. Sign up today and get a heads up on any beta’s available of apps for your BlackBerry.
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