Overland Park, Kan. - Sprint became the first carrier to announce pricing and an availability date for some of the first BlackBerry smartphones to use the new BlackBerry 7 OS.
Sprint plans Aug. 21 availability of the BlackBerry Bold 9930 at $249 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 at $149. The Torch 9850 will be Sprint's first full-touch BlackBerry smartphone from Sprint. It features a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, which is the largest display ever offered by Research In Motion (RIM).
The Bold 9930 and RIM's planned Bold 9900 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 BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. They're also the first BlackBerry phones with built-in near-field communications (NFC).
Sprint hasn't said whether it would carry the Bold 9900.
The two Bolds, the Torch 9850 and two other BlackBerry models were
to jumpstart its declining smartphone market share. All five models features color touchscreen, and three add hard QWERTY keyboard. All also offer such improvements as 1.2GHz processor, 720p HD video recording and dedicated 24-bit high-resolution graphics processor.