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- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
- Item model number: RCM71UW
- ASIN: B002YDZSQM
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Nov. 2009
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,723 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
BlackBerry Bold 9700 Sim Free Smartphone - Black
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- Trackpad navigation
- Bright hi-resolution screen
- Full QWERTY keyboard
- 3G technology
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled
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It looks extremely smart, the display is knock-em-dead bright and sharp.
It feels very solidly constructed, giving an instant impression of high quality.
It does it all. 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, autofocus camera - this is the first Blackberry with everything. Add in the most famous and best established mobile email service and there is nothing else to come close.
It sets up very easily. WiFi connection is brilliantly simple, and when you've done that the phone will always access the internet by WiFi whenever your defined network is within range. You can define many networks, I don't know the limit, and when the phone sees one you've defined it connects to it.
Setting up the Blackberry push email service is a doddle, and you can do it on the phone itself or on your mobile provider's web site. You just have to supply the phone's IMEI and Blackberry pin to create the account, and then you tell it which email accounts to access. All it needs for each account is the email address and password, that's it, no more to do. After that the Blackberry service scoops up all your emails and zapps them out to the phone. This is not just a case of copying emails to the phone, that's easy, this is a fully synched service, so if you delete an email on the phone it is also deleted from the email account. You can set up a default address from which all your replies appear to come, or you can choose with each reply you send. Blackberry have been doing this for many years, and it all works very well indeed.
Please note that subscription to Blackberry Internet Service (BIS)is required for full email functionality, all the major UK networks offer plans inclusive of BIS.Read more ›
i'd usually be looking for the latest gimmicks and gadgets but having realised I usually get fed up playing with the phone after the first few hours and getting annoyed with battery life, call quality, e-mail, reliability etc, I went for something different and am I glad I did!
The 9700 does exactly what I want and what it's supposed to do it does to prefection! The battery is fantastic, so easy and quick to type on, call quality is superb and get's a fantasic 3G signal where all my other phones have failed miserably,.
I feel I should have picked a Blackberry earlier, I'm not really sold on big, touch screen devices, I certainly can't type anywhere near as fast on a touch screen as this Blackberry, clicking on links etc is so much easier with the trackpad.
I'd also highly recommend one of these which compliments the 9700 perfectly. BlackBerry 9700/8900 Leather Pocket - Black
This Blackberry just works. Beautifully.
However, I just wanted to add a few things:
1. The battery life on this device is outstanding. It arrived on Tuesday and it is now Friday evening and the phone is still on 20% battery - even after the compulsory 'new gadget' constant fiddling. Battery performance usually improves after a few charge/discharge cycles, so I can only see it improving.
2. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't work with my Nokia CK-7W bluetooth car kit. The phone and car kit pair together nicely, but the caller hears a horrible echo on their end of the line. Having had a look around on Google, it seems that this is a common problem with Blackberrys and Nokia car kits with no real solution (the 'echo control' option on the handset did nothing). As a result, I think I'm going to have to get a new non-Nokia car kit. This isn't a massive problem as I'm fairly confident in DIY / car electronics and a new kit isn't too expensive, but if you'd have to pay someone to fit a new kit, factor the extra expense into the equation.
3. As mentioned in Peter's review, the 'Google Sync' app is superb. All of my contacts from Google / Gmail and my calendar entries were loaded onto the phone in a couple of minutes. No errors, no hassle. You can then set it to auto-sync every two hours or manually, as you wish.
I bought this to use with an O2 SIM-only 'Simplicity' tariff. The option to choose a Blackberry bolt-on isn't listed on their website, but you can swap any standard bolt-on for the 'Blackberry Unlimited' bolt-on. Just call up customer services and they transfer it over overnight.
Blackberry are famed for their email and text features, coupling a really easy to use messaging software with a great keyboard. The keyboard is a real joy to use and in fact its the best keyboard I have used, remember the Treo 680? its better than that and its even better than the Nokia E72/E71 both of which I have owned. If you are thinking of using a Blackberry "off contract" , that is without a buying the Blackberry BIS data/email service then forget buying this phone. I tried using it this way when I first purchased it "SIM Free" and it just doesn't work. After buying a cheap sim only contract my Blackberry changed radically, stuff just starts to work with a Blackberry contract. For example with a BIS contract you don't get access to the app store and approved apps such as the Facebook one refuse to work.
One of the selling points of this phone is the gorgeous screen, better than the OLED N86, better than Nokia N97 mini screen etc. Its a pretty hi resolution at 480x360, text is very readable, you can use it a Kindle book reader, and its even good in sunlight. The camera is a 3.2M pixel one, it has non of the flashy Carl Zeiss optics of a Nokia such as the N95 but it does produce very good photos, certainly good enough to print 6x4 inch. Coming from the world of Nokia I just love the fact that on the Blackberry you can save camera settings and don't have to reset them every time you use the camera.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolute joke. Comes with an unknown Swiss operating system that doesn't even work properly. Cannot access emails, browser and doesn't even have BB World! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nick Gibson
Great phone, fast, great battery, I will always go back to Blackberry :)Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer