With little fanfare, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 has appeared on Verizon's website. Pricing is $249.99 with a 2-year contract and $509.99 off-contract. Some reports have the smartphone at $199.99 depending on customer-specific upgrade pricing.
The big features of the Bold 9930 include a 640x480 touchscreen, a speedy 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, world-phone capabilities, and .41-inch depth that is thinner than most smartphones not called "iPhone 4." The bigger news here, however, is BlackBerry OS 7. If the web browser performs as well on this new Bold as it did in our hands-on with the most recent Torch models, it could be the first "traditional" BlackBerry that's not a minor embarrassment when it comes to web browsing.
RIM has promised seven new BlackBerry smartphones in the near future and while much of the recent fanfare was for the Torch 9810 and the Torch 9850/9860, the classic QWERTY-under-the-screen form-factor of the Bold has it higher on many BlackBerry fans' want-list.
If you're not holding out for the rumored BlackBerry 'Colt' QNX-based phone due in 2012, you'll be happy to hear that Verizon is taking at least this one small break from its Android obsession to get back to its BlackBerry roots. If you feel the need to actually handle the device before you buy, earlier rumors have August 25th pegged at the date the device will arrive in physical stores.