BlackBerry Bold 9780, with BlackBerry 6 OS, Headed for T-Mobile
T-Mobile will begin offering the BlackBerry Bold 9780, its first RIM smartphone to feature the BlackBerry 6 OS, beginning Nov. 17. It'll run $130 with rebate and contract.T-Mobile will add the BlackBerry Bold 9780 to its smartphone lineup, beginning Nov. 17. T-Mobile's first BlackBerry smartphone with RIM's newly redesigned BlackBerry 6 operating system, the 9780-a candybar style handset with a 2.4-inch display over a touch-sensitive optical trackpad and a four-row QWERTY keypad-will be priced at $129.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a two-year service agreement.
Before launching BlackBerry 6 on its Torch handset, RIM left a heavy handed trail of details about the OS, hoping to lead away consumers from Apple and Google while sating those it already had. The OS has five separate views users can switch between. It has a home screen that's "cleaner and sleeker" as well as "fresh but familiar," according to a member of RIM's user experience team. There are quick-access areas built into the home screen, for easily adjusting things such as the alarm. And the Web browsing experience is improved, with tabbed browsing, document downloading and faster-loading pages.