BlackBerry Bold 9700 questions answered

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When we first posted impressions of the BlackBerry Curve 9700, we asked BlackBerry Cool readers what they would like to know about the device. We have taken some time to post more pictures of this device, and answer some of your questions.

Albert: Does the T-Mobile HSPA Bold support more than 1700 AWS band for 3G?

The BlackBerry Curve 9700 has the following network support:

  • 3G (HSDPA) compatible
  • UMTS: 2100/1900/850/800 MHz (Bands 1,2,5/6), 2100/1700/900 MHz (Bands 1,4,8)
  • GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
  • Quad-band support: GSM 850; GSM

Touchpro247: Turn the device on show some pics of the home screen. Show a pic of the about screen.


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Bold_9700_homescreen

T-Mobile Curve: I’d appreciate info on the processor. Rumor has it that T-Mobile’s version will have the 8900’s processor, not the Bold’s. Thanks!

You should check out the Bold 9000 versus the Bold 9700 spec comparison sheet.

hassan: any one when it going to be released to the hole world ???? and if any one know how can i buy it with an unlocked virgin now and ship it to another country ?

This device is going to take a while to be released in countries outside of North America and Europe. We don’t have any details yet, but stay tuned.

canadian wireless hater: Does the browser still suck? How does it run with the 3G? Fast? And is the T-Mobile 9700’s 3G AWS or north american? Test shots with the camera please and thanks.

The browser is no different than any other browser running 5.0 software. It is basically the same browser as always, but with a little more support for different web content. I’m hard pressed to see any real differences.

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Here is a picture taken with the Bold 9700. The camera is pretty decent at 3.2MP but nothing spectacular. It has a flash which really helps too.

Chris: What is the impression of the trackpad? Is it better navigating than with the trackball or even the trackwheel?

Check out the original post, it talks about the trackpad.

Ethan:
1) Battery. Does it use the same battery as the T-Mobile Curve 8900 (and original Verizon Storm)?

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No it does not. As you can see from this pic, the battery looks like the Bold series batteries but according to the specs, it has been updated and gives much more talk time.

2) Charging. Still charge through the micro-USB port? (Thought I read somewhere that it’s back to a proprietary charger.)

Yes, RIM is still using micro-USB. It is now the industry standard and as far as I’m concerned, here to stay.

3) 3G. Any noticeable speed difference on T-Mobile, or does the browser’s crappiness make it irrelevant?

I notice that 3G helps when you’re browsing through YouTube videos and rich media content for sure. Also, if you download a lot of applications, you will really appreciate the 3G.

4) WiFi. Curve 8900 barely attaches to WiFi, presumably to save on battery life. New Bold any more aggressive about WiFi?

There are some issues regarding WiFi with BlackBerry devices and the fact that they turn it off to save battery life. Personally, I found it stayed connected to my WiFi signal loyally, but I will get back to this issue soon with something official from RIM.

5) UMA. Curve 8900 bad about switching between WiFi and Edge when on UMA. Any improvement when talking via UMA, especially when switching between WiFi and the T-Mobile network?

It took about 5 seconds for the device to log on to the WiFi connection and start up UMA. I have about 2 signal bars of UMA and the call quality is very decent.

Any more questions? Comment and we’ll answer!

  • tata salad

    i also have the blackberry bold and i was able to establish all of my email accounts such as yahoo mail, gmail, and a second gmail account

  • Theresa Wilson

    Thinking about get me a Balckberry bold 9700 Some people said don't get it. That the iphone is better. I like the BB 9700 because on the zoom and video on it.. just wish that the bb 97 has more apps on it like the iphone.. what sould i do BB 9700 or iphone

  • chris forsey

    my e mails keep deleting them selves

  • jeremia

    how do you set up email?

  • Cena909

    when i try to record a video on my blackberry bold 9700 it says insert a media card and does not work

  • Sstone1872

    i have a question about an icon thats at the top of my home screen. It's a circle with an arrow running through it and I don't know what it is but it seems to be draining my battery. How do I turn this off?

  • Agnigsw819

    I cannot sync my work e-mail to my BB 9700, I have especific instructions that any other smart phone will work with the Exchange Active Sync (EAS) except for Blackberries. I refuse to believe it since I depend on my phone to perform at work and I recently got my BB 9700. Does anybody knows how to make it work?

  • Pukaone

    Just got my first BB, the Bold. First problem is that it does not seem to let me log into MYYAHOO home page. The sign in box comes up and it sometimes lets me type in my username but it NEVER lets me complete with the password. Took it to Verizon and they could not get it to work either after changing browsers. Not much good if I cannot even get to my internet homepage. Heard that a new browser is coming, will the new one fix the problem. And, where is the problem, how come I cannot sign in ?

    Thanks

  • Pukaone

    Just got my first BB, the Bold. First problem is that it does not seem to let me log into MYYAHOO home page. The sign in box comes up and it sometimes lets me type in my username but it NEVER lets me complete with the password. Took it to Verizon and they could not get it to work either after changing browsers. Not much good if I cannot even get to my internet homepage. Heard that a new browser is coming, will the new one fix the problem. And, where is the problem, how come I cannot sign in ?

    Thanks

  • Pukaone

    Just got my first BB, the Bold. First problem is that it does not seem to let me log into MYYAHOO home page. The sign in box comes up and it sometimes lets me type in my username but it NEVER lets me complete with the password. Took it to Verizon and they could not get it to work either after changing browsers. Not much good if I cannot even get to my internet homepage. Heard that a new browser is coming, will the new one fix the problem. And, where is the problem, how come I cannot sign in ?

    Thanks

  • ladida

    I want to set up a security password when clicking on inbox, how do i do this???????????

  • Bethanyc123

    i have a blackberry bold 9700 and dont not think its the best phone.I have had it 3 months got it for my 13th birthday on july the 17th . I Have so many problems with the phone its unreal. My advice is to stick to nokia/samsungs.

  • Ahanz

    Hello, is there away I can increase the size of the font when I am on the internet(Bold 9700). I have to constantly hit the zoom in, or the magnefying glass.
    Some how on my curve I got the size to increase and stay that way. Thanks ALH

  • VISHMAUK

    Has anyone found out how to set up personal email on BB 9700??

  • Passsays

    please tell me how …. only one option is available 9700…. how did you setup all accounts …. please tell me…

  • Rourou_r

    Hi

    I have a blackberry 9700 Bold it’s been only 3 months, and the 2 buttons keypad from the top isn’t working anymore. I closed and open my BB but it dosn’t work either. Please can someone help me.

    Thank you.

  • Helen

    My BB isnt showing me who my missed call is from, where can I find this? It also only rings twice how can I change that?

  • Nidharshan

    I am having a trouble with my bb 9700 bold,it appears on da screen “app error 523″…..and i thought i should reinstall my phone.But i dnt know how to get da software.Can someone please help me,PLease.

  • Anup Meher

    I have a query about BB bold 9700. I have a BB 9700 smartphone and have a problem in receiving calls. When ever some one calls t previous callers info is displayed on the phone. After receiving the call the dsplay is set right to the actual caller Can some one help me with this. I have switched on/off the phone sveral times but no improvement.

  • Dcwithers

    what does D over check mark mean?

  • dondondondon

    There’s a loading icon that appears on my screen every 2 seconds and its bugging me out. How do I get rid of that? thanks.

  • Albertlara21

    it means delivered and r means read and s means sent lol 

  • Albertlara21

    hpw do i re-installed my  6.0 software bundle ??

  • Sheree Taylor

    I am in the browser connecting to a web site and I keep getting this message “cannot visit web page when radio is turned on” can you help
    Thanks

  • Doppo

    How can I change the email setting that removes mail from server when downloaded to my BB Bold 9700?

  • Tom mcwilliams

    Can you delete everything from your BB bold??? Contacts, emails  etc.  Like brand new factory settings ??

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