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BlackBerry 7OS Coming To Verizon

8/16/2011 10:08:17 AM Eastern
Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless is the latest national carrier to commit to selling at least one of Research In Motion's (RIM) five new BlackBerry 7 OS smartphones.

The carrier will offer the BlackBerry Bold 9930 beginning Aug. 25 at $249 with a new two-year customer agreement. A non-camera model will also be available for $249 with new two-year customer agreement.

Previously, Sprint said it planned Aug. 21 availability of the BlackBerry Bold 9930 at $249 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 at $149. The Torch also features the new OS.

The Bold 9930, like RIM's planned Bold 9900 with the new OS, are the thinnest BlackBerry smartphones ever at 0.41 inches deep. Both Bolds are also the first in RIM's Bold series to add a touchscreen to supplement their fixed BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. They're also the first BlackBerry phones with built-in near-field communications (NFC).

On the Verizon and Sprint networks, the Bold 9930 is an international phone operating in 3G mode in U.S. CDMA EV-DO Rev. A networks and in 3G mode in foreign HSPA networks. It also features quad-band EDGE. For the Sprint network, the Torch 9850 is likewise equipped.

The two Bolds, the Torch 9850, and two other BlackBerry models were recently unveiled by RIM to jumpstart its declining smartphone market share.

All five models feature the new OS and color touchscreens, with the Bolds adding fixed QWERTY keyboard and the BlackBerry Torch 9810 adding a sliding QWERTY keyboard. All also offer such improvements as 1.2GHz processor, 720p HD video recording and dedicated 24-bit high-resolution graphics processor.

AT&T previously said it would sell the Torch 9810 slider on an exclusive basis beginning in August, replacing the carrier's first-generation Torch, which also comes with touchscreen and slide-out keyboard. Pricing hasn't been announced. Sometime later this year, AT&T will offer the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860, which will be AT&T's first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone. Pricing wasn't announced.

The BlackBerry 7 OS includes multiple enhancements, including a faster browser, voice-activated search to conduct a universal search for content on the phone and web, more out-of-the-box personal and productivity apps, new BlackBerry Messenger instant-messaging app, and support for a Liquid Graphics touchscreen said to deliver fast touch-based navigation and 60 fps video.
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