BlackBerry Bold 9700 - Black (Unlocked) Smartphone (QWERTY Keyboard)
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- miguel.lucinesOct 23, 2015Verified purchase - NEWby
One of the best phones all-round in recent times.
- bonesandfeather...Oct 4, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
a black model was substituted and that was better than waiting. I like the Blackberry 9700, it is just smart enought but still fits in my posket
- gadgetmancdApr 8, 2010by
T-Mobile Bold 9700 Won't Work on AT&T 3G
I purchased this used, unlocked Blackberry Bold 9700 branded by T-Mobile. Overall, the phone works great. Calls are clear and the Wi-Fi is fast. That's where the good things stop.<br><br>I called AT&T to see why I wasn't able to get the 3G to display on the screen. AT&T couldn't identify my phone on their network! My research is now telling me that RIM makes the same phone for both AT&T and T-Mobile and that includes all 3G bands, but they have a method of setting the phone to either T-Mobile's band frequency or AT&T's frequency, but not both. Both carriers use different frequencies for their 3G systems.<br><br>Here is the bottom line: an unlocked T-Mobile phone will work on AT&T, but ONLY in 2G and NOT 3G! I wish I had known this prior to purchasing this phone, but I had no reason to research this sort of thing as my previous unlocked Nokia E-71 worked on any network. I gave this phone a "GOOD" rating because it does work good, but not great since it won't work on AT&T's 3G.Read full review
- 1006043569@dele...Jul 5, 2010by
The BlackBerry Bold 9700 is simply the best phone!
Like the original BlackBerry Bold, the standout design feature on the new BlackBerry Bold 9700 is the screen. Besides the new BlackBerry Storm 2 we just reviewed, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 might have the best screen we've seen on a mobile device. It's bright and colorful, with deep, inky blacks and vibrant, shining highlights. It's also completely wasted on the bland, textual and dated looking BlackBerry interface. There's not a single feature that looks better on a BlackBerry device than on a more polished looking phone, like the Palm Pre or the HTC Hero on Sprint. From the basic menus to the calendar and productivity apps to even the media player and fun stuff,the BlackBerry OS is in need of a serious overhaul, or fickle buyers will start passing on the great features for a phone that looks much more modern.<br><br>The BlackBerry Bold 9700 gets the new BlackBerry trackpad, which seems to be the future for BlackBerry phones with a real keyboard. We like the trackpad, and it's growing on us with each new model. It's an improvement over the trackball that dominated the middle generation of BlackBerry phones, but we can't help but wonder if navigation on the BlackBerry has gotten any easier since the days of the old thumbwheel. It certainly hasn't gotten faster,as you'll see the first time (of many) you have to approve a long set of terms and conditions, or when you need to scroll through a long Web page.<br><br>The keyboard on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 is classic BlackBerry. It's a bit small for our taste, but the slightly angled keys make for a shallow learning curve. We prefer a much wider design, with more dedicated keys for shortcuts and symbols. But BlackBerry keyboards have a strong fan base, and for simple typing, you'll find a quick and easy QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9700.<br><br>Call quality on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was pretty good. We got to test a T-Mobile version of the device, which uses not only T-Mobile's 3G HSDPA network but also UMA calling. So, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 can place calls over Wi-Fi or the regular cell network. That's especially convenient if cell service is questionable in your home,or if the cellular network should happen to go down, as T-Mobile's network did earlier this month. When the cellular and data network went down, T-Mobile's UMA phones were still able to complete their calls.<br><br>Battery life on the BlackBerry Bold 9700 was fantastic, as we'd expect from RIM's BlackBerry phones. It wasn't quite as good as Sprint's Tour, but we also kept Wi-Fi turned on for UMA calling, while Sprint's phone doesn't have Wi-Fi capabilities. Even with Wi-Fi turned on,we got almost 6.5 hours of talking time in a single call, which is even better than RIM's estimates. Signal strength on the T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700 was okay, usually hovering around 3-4 bars of service.<br><br>For keeping up with the day's news, the BlackBerry Bold 9700 provides a decidedly 'mobile' experience, while better smartphones do a better job emulating the desktop. The ailing BlackBerry browser comes with a rudimentary RSS reader, but we'd skip it in favor of something better,like Google Reader. Even Google's own RSS Reader couldn't keep up on the BlackBerry Browser, though, and the Bold 9700 rendered an incomplete, mobilized version of the popular feed reading page. Top news sites like CNN and the New York Times would only default to their mobile versions, which in many cases means you don't get access to all the content you want to read.Read full review
- justin_tJun 17, 2010by
The best of the blackberry
Because the Blackberry Bold 9700 has been called the "best Blackberry ever" by some, the excitement and expectations around this phone is high. It is true that the bold 9700 represents the apogee of successive refinements that Research In Motion (RIM) has done on its phones since the release of the original Bold.<br>Simply a great phone, the best of the blackberry.