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T-Mobile Readies BlackBerry 7 OS Phone

8/17/2011 09:15:32 AM Eastern

Bellevue,
Wash. - T-Mobile is boldly going where other national carriers have gone just a
day or two ago.

T-Mobile's BlackBerry Bold 9900 will be the carrier's first 4G Bold and first BlackBerry with the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

The
carrier announced plans to launch its first BlackBerry smartphone using the new
BlackBerry 7 OS and high-speed 1.2GHz processor.

Beginning Aug. 31, T-Mobile will
begin selling the BlackBerry Bold 9900 at $299, after a $50 mail-in rebate and
two-year service agreement with qualifying Classic voice and data plans,
through T-Mobile retail stores and select dealers and national retailers
nationwide.

For
T-Mobile's business customers, the device became available today through an
exclusive presale.

The
9900, equipped with a touchscreen and fixed QWERTY keyboard, will be T-Mobile's
first 4G Bold and its first BlackBerry phone with the new BlackBerry 7 OS. The
9900 and another new BlackBerry 7 OS phone in RIM's Bold series are the
thinnest BlackBerrys ever, at 0.41inches.

In
recent days, Verizon
and Sprint
announced plans for the BlackBerry Bold 9930; Sprint announced the BlackBerry
Torch 9850; and AT&T
announced plans for the BlackBerry Torch 9810, Bold 9900 and Torch 9860. All
phones use the new OS and 1.2GHz processor.