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)

  • Leigh Morum

    The problem is that neither Vodacom nor MTN have stock. The response is that there is a worldwide shortage and they haven’t received their allocation of these phones yet.

  • Leigh Morum

    The problem is that neither Vodacom nor MTN have stock. The response is that there is a worldwide shortage and they haven’t received their allocation of these phones yet.

  • Gareth

    MTN have there stock already and have booked them into stock, This is known for fact. Part of there shipment came in a couple weeks ago.

  • Gareth

    MTN have there stock already and have booked them into stock, This is known for fact. Part of there shipment came in a couple weeks ago.

  • Gareth

    MTN have there stock already and have booked them into stock, This is known for fact. Part of there shipment came in a couple weeks ago.

  • Gareth

    Meant to mention…. Blackberry 9000 Bold R 5,309.48 Outright purchase cost.

  • Gareth

    Meant to mention…. Blackberry 9000 Bold R 5,309.48 Outright purchase cost.

  • Bevan

    Been waiting 2 months now and still nothing available from MTN… I am going mad.

  • Bevan

    Been waiting 2 months now and still nothing available from MTN… I am going mad.

  • Bevan

    Been waiting 2 months now and still nothing available from MTN… I am going mad.

  • Gareth

    Bevan, I urge to put your name down for one. We are currently moving them quite fast for corporates. On top of that due to the stock levels being brought in right now the sales force are pre-booking them for the corporate customers.they are here and with MTN.

  • Gareth

    Bevan, I urge to put your name down for one. We are currently moving them quite fast for corporates. On top of that due to the stock levels being brought in right now the sales force are pre-booking them for the corporate customers.they are here and with MTN.

  • Bevan

    I have put my name down at two mtn dealers. One in the Pavilion Durban and one at game City Durban. The guy I spoke to at the Pavilion store said I was the first one on their list… I find that hard to believe.

    The service from both these stores has been shocking… today a lady at mtn told me they would no longer be getting any more stock of the bold… I am at a point where I am now looking at the iPhone (forgive me)… I really want the bold, But I just do not know what is going on.

  • Bevan

    I have put my name down at two mtn dealers. One in the Pavilion Durban and one at game City Durban. The guy I spoke to at the Pavilion store said I was the first one on their list… I find that hard to believe.

    The service from both these stores has been shocking… today a lady at mtn told me they would no longer be getting any more stock of the bold… I am at a point where I am now looking at the iPhone (forgive me)… I really want the bold, But I just do not know what is going on.

  • Bevan

    I have put my name down at two mtn dealers. One in the Pavilion Durban and one at game City Durban. The guy I spoke to at the Pavilion store said I was the first one on their list… I find that hard to believe.

    The service from both these stores has been shocking… today a lady at mtn told me they would no longer be getting any more stock of the bold… I am at a point where I am now looking at the iPhone (forgive me)… I really want the bold, But I just do not know what is going on.

  • Gareth

    Yes, the stores are useless, I am afraid that is inherent for any local carrier. Its unfortunately the people and the drive they don’t seem to have. More Bold’s are coming in the new including the javelin, which mtn are putting through network testing right now. This will be the Bold Killer.To my knowledge the 8220 is also coming. Goodluck for the iPhone if you go that route Pls do your research, you may want to wait for the revised model coming in 2009 where they should iron out a lot of the issues.

  • Gareth

    Yes, the stores are useless, I am afraid that is inherent for any local carrier. Its unfortunately the people and the drive they don’t seem to have. More Bold’s are coming in the new including the javelin, which mtn are putting through network testing right now. This will be the Bold Killer.To my knowledge the 8220 is also coming. Goodluck for the iPhone if you go that route Pls do your research, you may want to wait for the revised model coming in 2009 where they should iron out a lot of the issues.

  • Bevan

    Are there any other good models of Blackberry that have GPS built in available in South Africa?

    I have looked at the iphone and I was not blown away, it is has lots of toys, but seems to lack in ‘maturity’ – that is why the Bold was my first choice. Perhaps I’ll just hold on until the new BB’s arrive… maybe I should put my name down for that now!!!

  • Bevan

    Are there any other good models of Blackberry that have GPS built in available in South Africa?

    I have looked at the iphone and I was not blown away, it is has lots of toys, but seems to lack in ‘maturity’ – that is why the Bold was my first choice. Perhaps I’ll just hold on until the new BB’s arrive… maybe I should put my name down for that now!!!

  • Bevan

    Are there any other good models of Blackberry that have GPS built in available in South Africa?

    I have looked at the iphone and I was not blown away, it is has lots of toys, but seems to lack in ‘maturity’ – that is why the Bold was my first choice. Perhaps I’ll just hold on until the new BB’s arrive… maybe I should put my name down for that now!!!

  • Anton

    Hi All

    I am looking for Bold accessories in Cape Town – any suggestions

  • Anton

    Hi All

    I am looking for Bold accessories in Cape Town – any suggestions

  • Gareth

    Call KNRFlatrock, I am not sure if they sell direct, if they do not they will advise the store that will have. I am not sure if they have Bold Accessories yet, what are you looking for specifically. http://www.knrflatrock.co.za – they have both a JHB and CT office.

  • Gareth

    @Bevan. GPS Models – 8800, 8110, 8310, Bold.

  • Gareth

    Call KNRFlatrock, I am not sure if they sell direct, if they do not they will advise the store that will have. I am not sure if they have Bold Accessories yet, what are you looking for specifically. http://www.knrflatrock.co.za – they have both a JHB and CT office.

  • Gareth

    @Bevan. GPS Models – 8800, 8110, 8310, Bold.

  • Bevan

    Thanks – I think that I have managed to secure a Bold… only time will tell.

  • Bevan

    Thanks – I think that I have managed to secure a Bold… only time will tell.

  • Bevan

    Got my Bold and loving it… I was under the impression that it came with turn by turn navigation? All I can find is a blackberry maps… any ideas?

  • Bevan

    Got my Bold and loving it… I was under the impression that it came with turn by turn navigation? All I can find is a blackberry maps… any ideas?

  • Bevan

    Anyone wanting a Bold should give Nashua Mobile a call… They had a few in stock.

  • Bevan

    Anyone wanting a Bold should give Nashua Mobile a call… They had a few in stock.

  • Gareth

    If with MTN then no luck, they still trying to get their act together with a solution. If with Vodacom then Satnav will be the solution, there should be a download icon for it, it may also not be setup for virtual preload between Vodacom and RIM, you may need to call them to find out.

  • Gareth

    If with MTN then no luck, they still trying to get their act together with a solution. If with Vodacom then Satnav will be the solution, there should be a download icon for it, it may also not be setup for virtual preload between Vodacom and RIM, you may need to call them to find out.

  • Bevan

    I am with MTN and was sold the device having being told it did turn by turn… I wonder how long MTN are going to take with a solution… would this solution effect all brands of phone offering a satnav option? i.e. Nokia etc… or just Blackberry?

  • Bevan

    I am with MTN and was sold the device having being told it did turn by turn… I wonder how long MTN are going to take with a solution… would this solution effect all brands of phone offering a satnav option? i.e. Nokia etc… or just Blackberry?

  • Gareth

    Well, that is correct, it has GPS. In the past 6 months or so, in fact less, I have tested three products with MTN and they cannot get anything finalised. I have been through Telmap, Garmin and one other(can’t remember the name).you’re best bet right now is to try Nav4all, its free but a cumbersome product.

  • Gareth

    Well, that is correct, it has GPS. In the past 6 months or so, in fact less, I have tested three products with MTN and they cannot get anything finalised. I have been through Telmap, Garmin and one other(can’t remember the name).you’re best bet right now is to try Nav4all, its free but a cumbersome product.

  • Bevan

    As long as it is not just BlackBerrys… then the pressure will surely come from all providers…

    One last thing… this R69 data bolt on for the BB’s – do you perhaps know what exactly that covers?

  • Bevan

    As long as it is not just BlackBerrys… then the pressure will surely come from all providers…

    One last thing… this R69 data bolt on for the BB’s – do you perhaps know what exactly that covers?

  • Gareth

    Not sure about the rest, try not to deal with that.

    As for Bolt On, it covers the following:
    1. All Email
    2. All Browsing via the Internet Browser(BIS Browsing)
    3. Pin Messaging

    These are non-billable as additional costs.

    The following are Billable:
    1. Phone Calls
    2. SMS
    3. MMS
    4. Browsing via the wap browser (labeled: MTN)

    To ensure your browser is set correctly:
    Open Settings or Options | Open Adnvanced Options | Open Browser | change ‘Browser config’ to Internet Browser.

    The above path should be with in reason the same on the Bold

    For Bookmarks you create ensure that the Bookmark is set to use the Internet Browser.

  • Gareth

    Not sure about the rest, try not to deal with that.

    As for Bolt On, it covers the following:
    1. All Email
    2. All Browsing via the Internet Browser(BIS Browsing)
    3. Pin Messaging

    These are non-billable as additional costs.

    The following are Billable:
    1. Phone Calls
    2. SMS
    3. MMS
    4. Browsing via the wap browser (labeled: MTN)

    To ensure your browser is set correctly:
    Open Settings or Options | Open Adnvanced Options | Open Browser | change ‘Browser config’ to Internet Browser.

    The above path should be with in reason the same on the Bold

    For Bookmarks you create ensure that the Bookmark is set to use the Internet Browser.

  • Bevan

    Excellent thanks for the info… what catergory does the GPS fall into?

  • Bevan

    Excellent thanks for the info… what catergory does the GPS fall into?

  • Gareth

    GPS is non billable as is for any GPS device. Its the software you use that will be a deal breaker. Premium apps such as Telmap require BIS-B, as will any solution that MTN goes for. Nav4all will have this option in its Connection settings, auto in most cases will work via the BIS-B browser but I set it to BIS-B explicitly regardless.

  • Gareth

    GPS is non billable as is for any GPS device. Its the software you use that will be a deal breaker. Premium apps such as Telmap require BIS-B, as will any solution that MTN goes for. Nav4all will have this option in its Connection settings, auto in most cases will work via the BIS-B browser but I set it to BIS-B explicitly regardless.

  • Gareth

    GPS is non billable as is for any GPS device. Its the software you use that will be a deal breaker. Premium apps such as Telmap require BIS-B, as will any solution that MTN goes for. Nav4all will have this option in its Connection settings, auto in most cases will work via the BIS-B browser but I set it to BIS-B explicitly regardless.

  • Bevan

    Any idea how I change my email signature on the BB Bold? Blogs tell me to log on to the carriers website and do it? How do I go about this on MTN? Or am I stuck with…’Sent from my Blackberry’

  • Bevan

    Any idea how I change my email signature on the BB Bold? Blogs tell me to log on to the carriers website and do it? How do I go about this on MTN? Or am I stuck with…’Sent from my Blackberry’

  • 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.