Recommended T Mobile BlackBerry:
Pros of the Bold 9900:
- Without doubt the best physical keyboard (6% larger than the Bold 9780)
- Reliable, Responsive & Robust
- BlackBerry 7 operating system – 4G and ‘liquid metal’ touch screen (web browsing is impressive with no lag using the pinch to zoom and opening multiple tabs)
- Impressive premier look – compact (115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, height, width and thickness)
- Strong due navigation – track pad and touch screen
- High security
- Awesome QWERTY keyboard
- Reports of the touch screen freezing for a couple of seconds on occasions while opening apps
- Poor 5 mega pixel camera due to weak auto focus (the 720p HD video is good, though sound was not as impressive)
- Poor call quality – high background noise
- A weaker battery than the previous Bold – 1230 mAh batter is likely to give you 9 hours of use at moderate usage
Of the three BlackBerrys available from T-Mobile, the recently launched the new touch screen Bold 9900 is the most popular choice.
This phone is similar in design to the previous Bold 9780 with a full QWERTY keyboard, however, is slightly thinner (115 x 66 x 10.5 mm, height, width and thickness), marginally heavier at 130 grams, and has a brush steel band around the outside similar to the iPhone4.
Exciting features is the ‘liquid graphics’ touch screen display, OS 7 and 4G connectivity. This gives the Bold 9900 the advantage of having impressive multimedia web browsing speeds and possibly the best physical keyboard around giving you the ability to communicate quickly and accurately via email, text messages and instant messages. If you are interested to see a full spec breakdown and comparison of this Bold to the previous version, click here.
The Bold has been a highly successful range amongst the corporate sector due to the strong security features and the robust nature of the phone. BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is BlackBerry’s corporate application that allows users to synchronize work email accounts, calendars, contacts and other client features in a quick and secure manner. This is the most trusted system of its nature and is used by most large corporations. BES works on all BlackBerry handsets, however, the Bold is the phone of choice for most BES users.
The full QWERTY keyboard of the Bold is a defining feature of the phone making sending text messages and emails quick and easy. The Bold is highly geared on core phone services such as strong call quality (high background noise in the Bold 9900), reliability, and efficient emailing and messaging.
BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is a free instant messaging application unique to BlackBerry phones that is particularly popular amongst younger users. This has allowed BlackBerry and particularly the Bold to be a successful phone amongst both the corporate and younger users.
BlackBerry’s in house operating system is called Research In Motion (RIM). RIM has been the pioneer when it comes to integrating email, calendar, tasks, notes and contacts synchronization with the use of BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The latest operating system (OS) is BlackBerry 6, with OS 7 expected to launch on the new Bold 9900 this September.
T-Mobile is the world’s tenth largest cell phone service provider based on numbers of subscribers (150 million), and third largest multinational provider. Hence, makes for easy international calling and roaming. T-Mobile has a US presence that covers essentially the entire country.
At&t has recently made an offer to purchase T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion, which is expected to take up to a year to process. This transaction is not going to have any effect on you as a customer as your current phone will continue to work and your existing contract will be honored. All changes will be phased in via new devices and contracts so as not to affect existing customer contracts.
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T Mobile owns its own network, which is running a 1900 MHz (850 MHz roaming).
T Mobile Speed:
A recent test by PC Mag testing 21 cities in the US found Verizon to have the quickest 4G network speeds, followed by TMobile with an average download speed of 3.7 Mbps. TMobile has their own HSPA+ network. Outside the major metropolitan areas TMobile has the quickest average download speed of 2.08 Mbps. Both the Bold and the Curve run on T Mobile’s 3G network, hence, the 2.08 Mbps average download speed is applicable, making the T Mobile Blackberry the quickest out of the four providers. It should be noted that the new touch screen Bold 9900 due to release in September will run on the 4G network.
Fastest ’4G’ average download speeds:
- Verizon 9.46 Mbps
- TMobile 3.7 Mbps
- Sprint 2.99 Mbps
- At&t 2.44 Mbps
- MetroPCS 1.62 Mbps
Fastest Rural America average download speeds:
- TMobile 2.08 Mbps
- At&t 1.95 Mbps
- Verizon 0.69 Mbps
- Sprint 0.52 Mbps
T Mobile Plans:
On the whole T Mobile’s service plans are more competitive than its competitors.
Comparison of unlimited talk, messaging and data across the following providers:
T Mobile (Even More Unlimited + Messaging + Data) Cost = $80
- Sprint (Simply Everything + Premium Data) Cost = $110
- Verizon (Nationwide Talk + Text + Data) Cost = $120
- At&t (Unlimited talk + text + 2GB data) Cost = $120
Even More Individual Unlimited Everything $79.99
(Special Promo – talk, text and data)
Even More Unlimited Talk $59.99 per month
-Individual plan type
– Unlimited minutes
Even More Individual 1000 $49.99 per month
-1000 Minutes per month
– Unlimited nights & weekend minutes
Even More Individual 500 $39.99 per month
-500 Minutes per month
– Unlimited nights & weekend minutes
* Unlimited messaging is $10 per month
* T Mobile requires you to take the 4G Web Unlimited at $30 per month
* T Mobile HotSpot is $9.99 per month
* One time activation fee is $35
Out of T Mobile BlackBerrys, the BlackBerry Bold 9000 is the phone of choice.
The BlackBerry Bold is the phone that most high level executives are using due to its reliability and sound functionality when it comes to calling, text messaging and emailing.