Verizon selling BlackBerry Bold 9930


Verizon’s BlackBerry Bold 9930 is now available online. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/BLOOMBERG)

The phone is now for sale on the company’s Web site for $249.99. It requires a Nationwide Talk plan, which starts at $39.99 per month, and a data package starting at $30 per month.

As for specs, the phone has a 2.8-inch touchscreen, 1.2 GHz processor, and 5-pixel rear-facing camera with 720p HD capabilities.

At less than a half-inch thick, the handset is the first BlackBerry to feature a touchscreen and BlackBerry’s signature keyboard in the same phone. For those not on Verizon, it’s worth noting that that 9930 is the same phone as the BlackBerry Bold 9900, just on a CDMA network.

Early reviews say that the Bold is great for BlackBerry die-hards, but not nearly fantastic enough to win new converts from the iOS and Android folds.

“In short — this is a die-hards-only phone, one of the last of its breed, meant for a very specific customer,” wrote Joshua Topolsky from This is my next, who also lamented the phone’s lack of quality apps. “For everyone else: until RIM can deliver a truly modern experience and bring developers to the table, I suggest you keep looking.”

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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