The BlackBerry Bold 9900 is coming to T-Mobile on August 31st for $299.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) on a 2-year contract. Business customers should be able to take part in a pre-sale today. T-Mobile is calling it a "4G" device and despite our reservations about that extra "G" for US GSM devices, we will admit that there's no faster way for execs to get email on T-Mobile. On the spec side, there are no surprises at all here. Everything matches up with what we described in our BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 Review, including the 1.2 GHz processor, 640x480 screen, and a surprisingly capable web browser on BlackBerry OS 7.
The $299.99 price point places the Bold 9900 in a cost-class by itself on the T-Mobile network -- and not in a good way. While we can't disagree with the press release's claim that "CIOs can trust that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 will give their employees the ultimate combination of speed, productivity and security," we have to point out that even T-Mobile's premium Android smartphones cap out at $199.99 on contract. The pricing is a not-so-subtle signal that T-Mobile probably isn't planning on marketing the smartphone to general consumers too heavily. With Sprint and Verizon both pricing the Bold at $249.99, it also looks like T-Mobile is under no illusions that the device will entice anybody to switch over to its network.
On the bright side, we finally have official commitments from all four US carriers to sell the Bold 9900 by the end of the year. A single phone model reaching the big four is a feat rare enough these days that it's worth some kudos.