BlackBerry Bold launches in South Africa

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Coming straight out of Johannesburg, RIM and MTN jointly announced this morning the availability of the BlackBerry Bold in South Africa. The South African contingent of the BlackBerry Nation will love the Bold’s 3G, Wi-Fi and integrated GPS capabilities.

“The BlackBerry Bold exudes style and accomplishment with its glossy black exterior and satin chrome frame. Its stunning display, sophisticated user interface and newly designed full-QWERTY keyboard all combine to make it a phone that any power user would be proud to carry,” says Pieter Verkade – MTN SA Chief Marketing Officer.

While pricing information is not yet posted on the site, you’ll be able to find it at the link below shortly. Make sure to check out our exhaustive BlackBerry Bold review as well.

BlackBerry Bold MTN South Africa

The Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)

  • Gareth

    Goto http://mtn.blackberry.com and login with the username and password vreated for the site. If you did not do this via the BB BIS Portal and created the account from the device then you will need create one on the at the link above. Use your device PIN and IMEI, this will Associate the username to the Identifier used for auto-login from the device. Note there are pros and cons to this, by creating an account you disable the auto-login via the device, the pro is you have full control over the BIS options such as Signatures, filters, etc.

    Login into the portal, Edit the relevant account and remove the Signature and save.

  • Gareth

    Sorry typos… ‘username and password created for the site’ and ‘then you will need create one on the link above.’

  • Gareth

    Sorry typos… ‘username and password created for the site’ and ‘then you will need create one on the link above.’

  • Bevan

    Thanks Gareth,

    Disabling Auto-login does what exactly?

  • Bevan

    Thanks Gareth,

    Disabling Auto-login does what exactly?

  • Gareth

    The Auto-login is on the device when you create and setup the accounts via the devices ‘Mobile Email Settings’ homescreen shortcut. So by creating the username for the Desktop based BIS portal, this will stop the device auto-logging in directly and will then present you with a login page. Its a minor con and having a full qwerty keypad it is not generally a huge issue to now login via the ‘Mobile Email Settings’ homescreen shortcut to manage any mail accounts.

  • Gareth

    The Auto-login is on the device when you create and setup the accounts via the devices ‘Mobile Email Settings’ homescreen shortcut. So by creating the username for the Desktop based BIS portal, this will stop the device auto-logging in directly and will then present you with a login page. Its a minor con and having a full qwerty keypad it is not generally a huge issue to now login via the ‘Mobile Email Settings’ homescreen shortcut to manage any mail accounts.

  • Bevan

    Sorry for all the questions…

    so does that mean I will need to login every time I retrieve my email?

  • Bevan

    Sorry for all the questions…

    so does that mean I will need to login every time I retrieve my email?

  • Gareth

    No, Its only for management of the accounts you have associated to your BlackBerry. Nothing really changes. The ‘Mobile Email Settings’ homescreen shortcut is a browser link and has no bearing on the logging in or security enabling of the device itself. So where you would click on that and it would automatically just login to the BIS Management console, it would now prompt you to login. So going back the Signature management, this can only be adjusted or removed via logging into the Desktop based BIS Portal.

  • Gareth

    No, Its only for management of the accounts you have associated to your BlackBerry. Nothing really changes. The ‘Mobile Email Settings’ homescreen shortcut is a browser link and has no bearing on the logging in or security enabling of the device itself. So where you would click on that and it would automatically just login to the BIS Management console, it would now prompt you to login. So going back the Signature management, this can only be adjusted or removed via logging into the Desktop based BIS Portal.

  • Bevan

    OH! Great. Thanks for you help!

  • Bevan

    OH! Great. Thanks for you help!

  • Gareth

    No problem at all. :D

  • Gareth

    No problem at all. :D

  • Bevan

    Me again…

    Had the phone 2 months and now I keep getting ‘Call Failed’ errors. After which I can not make or receive calls (and I think emails too). I then have to pull the battery out and restart the device… which seems a little ‘Flintstones’ to me especially for a R7000 device? Any idea if this a phone error or good old MTN?

  • Bevan

    Me again…

    Had the phone 2 months and now I keep getting ‘Call Failed’ errors. After which I can not make or receive calls (and I think emails too). I then have to pull the battery out and restart the device… which seems a little ‘Flintstones’ to me especially for a R7000 device? Any idea if this a phone error or good old MTN?

  • Gareth

    It will be both. Have you upgraded the Device code at all? It is absolutely imperative that this is done for any BlackBerry Device. Shipping code is often full of little bugs. Here is the MTN Link for Code (Down Below) if you can download, Keep in mind BB.com throttle there traffic, so on a 2mb+ dsl which I have I can only get 18kb/s out of them. The MTN Office in Mt Edgecombe (Think you were from Durb’s if I remember correctly), should be able to provide the newest version, Dont rely on the stores but you can try them if you want, Upgrading yourself will save you time in having to send it and wait for days, and if you ever need to reload it again you can. The below version also may resolve some issues with Reconciliation when on 3G (Seen more in BES Environments).

    # File name: 9000M_PBr4.6.0_rel365_PL4.0.0.183_A4.6.0.216_MTN_-_South_Africa.exe
    # File size: 95.84MB

    MTN:

    MTN Latest Approved / Launched Software:
    https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=0E087EC55DCBE7B2D7992D6B69B519FB

  • Gareth

    It will be both. Have you upgraded the Device code at all? It is absolutely imperative that this is done for any BlackBerry Device. Shipping code is often full of little bugs. Here is the MTN Link for Code (Down Below) if you can download, Keep in mind BB.com throttle there traffic, so on a 2mb+ dsl which I have I can only get 18kb/s out of them. The MTN Office in Mt Edgecombe (Think you were from Durb’s if I remember correctly), should be able to provide the newest version, Dont rely on the stores but you can try them if you want, Upgrading yourself will save you time in having to send it and wait for days, and if you ever need to reload it again you can. The below version also may resolve some issues with Reconciliation when on 3G (Seen more in BES Environments).

    # File name: 9000M_PBr4.6.0_rel365_PL4.0.0.183_A4.6.0.216_MTN_-_South_Africa.exe
    # File size: 95.84MB

    MTN:

    MTN Latest Approved / Launched Software:
    https://www.blackberry.com/Downloads/entry.do?code=0E087EC55DCBE7B2D7992D6B69B519FB

  • Bevan

    Great. Am busy downloading. Also any idea why MTN claim that my pin is already registered? I don’t remember registering it?

  • Bevan

    Great. Am busy downloading. Also any idea why MTN claim that my pin is already registered? I don’t remember registering it?

  • Gareth

    Did you at any point connect to the BIS Portal via the Mobile Email Settings Link on the device? This will register an Identifier against the BIS System. What is your PIN? I can check.

  • Gareth

    Did you at any point connect to the BIS Portal via the Mobile Email Settings Link on the device? This will register an Identifier against the BIS System. What is your PIN? I can check.

  • Bevan

    PIN: 256B0A41

  • Bevan

    PIN: 256B0A41

  • Gareth

    Your device is registered with a User Identifier only. Create a Username and Password via http://mtn.blackberry.com Long term this will best for Management…. BIS 2.6 however will cater for some additional features on that are currently only available via a desktop login.

  • Gareth

    Your device is registered with a User Identifier only. Create a Username and Password via http://mtn.blackberry.com Long term this will best for Management…. BIS 2.6 however will cater for some additional features on that are currently only available via a desktop login.

  • Gareth

    It is registered because you have an account setup already, which was done via the device. If you create an account you will disable the autologin from the device when you go via the Mobile Email Settings homescreen icon.

  • Gareth

    It is registered because you have an account setup already, which was done via the device. If you create an account you will disable the autologin from the device when you go via the Mobile Email Settings homescreen icon.

  • Bevan

    when I create an account it asks for the PIN and that is where it tells me it is already registered… :(

  • Bevan

    when I create an account it asks for the PIN and that is where it tells me it is already registered… :(

  • Gareth

    Strange, I cannot even do the same from the Admin Portal, which is possible as I have done that many times before. May have to re-create it all.

  • Gareth

    Strange, I cannot even do the same from the Admin Portal, which is possible as I have done that many times before. May have to re-create it all.

  • Gareth

    Ok, See the difference…. Vodacom has the option, MTN Does not but not sure if this is specific to you or a Global BIS Admin option. I dont have a MTN sim avaialble right now to check, all booked out. We can try re-create your account…. If so we can continue this offline off of this post via Email.

  • Gareth

    Ok, See the difference…. Vodacom has the option, MTN Does not but not sure if this is specific to you or a Global BIS Admin option. I dont have a MTN sim avaialble right now to check, all booked out. We can try re-create your account…. If so we can continue this offline off of this post via Email.

  • Bevan

    Sure… is it OK to leave my email here?

  • Bevan

    Sure… is it OK to leave my email here?

  • Gareth

    I have it via the BIS Admin Portal, dont post here.

  • Gareth

    I have it via the BIS Admin Portal, dont post here.

  • infs

    It is absolutely imperative that this is done for any BlackBerry Device.

  • infs

    It is absolutely imperative that this is done for any BlackBerry Device.

  • Martoinette Burger

    We are a Namibian based cellular company that are interested in the supply of Blackberry’s to Namibian customers. Can we apply to become a dealer of Blackberry? What are the criteria as well as the terms and conditions involved?

    Your reply will be highly appreciated.

  • Martoinette Burger

    We are a Namibian based cellular company that are interested in the supply of Blackberry’s to Namibian customers. Can we apply to become a dealer of Blackberry? What are the criteria as well as the terms and conditions involved?

    Your reply will be highly appreciated.

  • yunus randeree

    i need to delete all contacts from my bold 9700 please advise how i can go about it many thanks

  • yunus randeree

    i need to delete all contacts from my bold 9700 please advise how i can go about it many thanks

  • Abrie

    How do you link Bold 9700 with Outool 2010?