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Get Bold With the BlackBerry Bold 9650 Smartphone From Verizon Wireless

Another day, another phone is launched, this time it’s the expected BlackBerry Bold 9650. Not sure what’s so ‘bold’ about it though, but if you’re into the BB scene this is the latest and greatest. It will be available for $149.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and 2yr contract on June 3rd online, and then in stores on June 10th.

Verizon Wireless today announced that the BlackBerry® Bold(TM) 9650 smartphone will be available to order online at beginning June 3 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning June 10. Running on the largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network in the United States, the BlackBerry Bold is the first global phone from Verizon Wireless to support GlobalAccess Connect, allowing customers to tether their BlackBerry Bold to a notebook or netbook and use it as a modem for wireless Internet access in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Full specs inside:

Key features:
  –  Optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation
  –  Built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g)
  –  Push to Talk feature – Allows customers to leverage Verizon Wireless’
      3G network for instant two-way communication with up to 50 people with
      the touch of a button
  –  VZ Navigator® version 6 – Gives customers access to free mapping and
      integration with Bing to sort searches by relevance and a new option
      to choose day, week or monthly subscriptions
  –  VZ Navigator Global capabilities – Provides turn-by-turn directions
      and maps in English while navigating through more than 20
      destinations, including Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy,
      Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.  This easy-to-use
      application also marks distances in miles or kilometers and finds
      restaurants, gas stations, banks/ATMs and other popular spots using
      the Local Search feature

  Additional specifications:
  –  Stylish design (4.40" x 2.44" x .55" and 4.8 oz.) with glossy black
      finish and chrome highlights
  –  Mobile e-mail and messaging capabilities
  –  Large (2.45") high-resolution display (480 x 360 resolution at 245
      ppi) that displays pictures, videos and Web pages with contrast and
  –  3.2 megapixel camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization,
      autofocus and video recording
  –  Advanced media player for videos, pictures and music; a 3.5 mm stereo
      headset jack; and support for the Bluetooth® Stereo Audio Profile
  –  BlackBerry® Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos*.
  –  Easy mobile access to Facebook®, MySpace and Flickr® as well as
      popular instant messaging services, including BlackBerry® Messenger
  –  Support for BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing
      catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for
      BlackBerry smartphones
  –  512 MB Flash memory and an expandable memory card slot that supports
      up to 16 GB microSD(TM) HC cards (a 2 GB card is pre-installed)
  –  Full HTML Web browser, streaming audio and video via RTSP
  –  Built-in GPS with support for location-based applications and services
      as well as geotagging
  –  Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing,
      speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.1)
  –  Support for high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America as well
      as single band UMTS/HSPA (2100 MHz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
      networks abroad
  –  Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for up to 5 hours of CDMA
      talk time

  Pricing and availability:
  –  The BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone will be available for order online
      at beginning June 3, and it will be in Verizon
      Wireless Communications Stores beginning June 10 for $149.99 after a
      $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  A
      non-camera version of the phone will also be available for order
      online beginning June 3.  Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in
      the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as
      cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  –  Verizon Wireless customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide Talk
      plan or Nationwide Talk & Text plan and an Email and Web for
      Smartphone plan.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly
      access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for
      unlimited monthly access.
  –  GlobalAccess Connect plans are available for $65 monthly access for 5
      GB allowance in the United States and Canada ($0.05/MB overage) and
      100 MB allowance in select countries ($5.12/MB overage).  There is
      also a $155 monthly access option that offers 5 GB allowance in the
      United States and Canada and 200 MB allowance in select countries,
      with the same overage rates as the $65 monthly option.
  –  Customers can add Push to Talk for $5 per month per line and download
      the service from the Application Center or through VZStart on their
      handsets.  VZ Navigator is available for $2.99 for daily use, $4.99
      for seven-day use or $9.99 for monthly subscription.
  –  For information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a
      Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

*Music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.


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