Vodafone grabs BlackBerry Bold 9900

Chris Davies - May 3, 2011
Vodafone grabs BlackBerry Bold 9900

Vodafone has become the first UK carrier to throw its hat into the BlackBerry Bold 9900 ring, confirming that it will offering the BlackBerry 7 OS smartphone later this year. The handset, announced at BlackBerry World 2011 yesterday, will be the first to run RIM's new smartphone OS, and has both a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard.

T-Mobile USA confirmed yesterday that it would be offering the Bold 9900, complete with HSPA+ support on its 4G network. The handset has a 2.8-inch VGA resolution display, optical trackpad, WiFI a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, NFC and a 5-megapixel camera, among other things, though neither T-Mobile nor Vodafone have said what will actually make use of the NFC beyond RIM's official accessories (which will auto-pair when tapped together).

The Bold 9900 is expected to launch sometime this summer. More on the handset in our hands-on report from yesterday, including a demo of BlackBerry 7 OS.

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