- Size (LWH): 4.53 inches, 2.6 inches, 0.41 inches
- Weight: 4.64 ounces
- Network Compatibility: CDMA
- Minimum Rated Talk Time: 300 minutes
- Minimum Rated Standby Time: 300 hours
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Powered by the next-generation BlackBerry OS 7, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone for Sprint is also the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever at just 10.5mm (0.41 inches). A large 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen boasts millions of colors and is packed with pixels for crystal clear viewing of e-mail, web sites, and video. It's complemented by a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad navigation.
The BlackBerry Bold 9930 with 2.8-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.
A powerful 1.2 GHz processor provides smoother multitasking and navigation, fast downloads, and crisp HD 720p video recording via the Bold 9930's 5-megapixel camera. And the integrated Liquid Graphics technology combines a dedicated graphics processor with the main processor for a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.
The 3G-enabled Bold 9930 also offers ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking for connecting to home and business networks as well as on-the-go hotspots. And whether traveling to Europe or Asia, the Bold 9930 provides globetrotters the freedom of reliable global connectivity to GSM and 3G UMTS networks via Sprint Worldwide international services.
Packed full of the latest mobile technologies, the Bold 9930 includes an augmented reality feature that uses the built-in compass (magnetometer) to display over 150 million points of interest, BBM contacts, and more. And with support for Near Field Communications (NFC), the Bold 9930 can securely read information from "smart" tags, or everyday objects that have NFC chips in them--from stickers and movie posters to t-shirts.
With BlackBerry, on-the-go productivity is the name of the game. You'll get access to the world-class BlackBerry push messaging service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal e-mail accounts, plus BlackBerry Enterprise Server support for corporate e-mail installations. The DataViz Docs To Go Premium suite is pre-loaded for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere, and you can access BlackBerry App World to download more productivity apps (as well as games and more). The Bold 9930 also offers support for the BlackBerry Playbook tablet BlackBerry Bridge (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World).
The new BlackBerry browser offers incredibly fast page load times, better web-based gaming, HTML5 video support, and seamless scrolling and zooming. Other features include an 8 GB internal memory, expansion via microSD memory cards (up to 32 GB in size; 2 GB card included), Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, and up to 6.6 hours of talk time (see full specifications below).
An NFC Reader application lets your read and interact with near-field communication (NFC) tags. For example, you can "touch" or "swipe" an NFC tag that might be embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement, then act on the data read from the tag. A typical use would be to read a tag at a restaurant, store, or event and then rate or register by jumping to a web site whose URL is included in the tag data.
The BlackBerry Bold 9930 weighs 4.59 ounces and measures 4.53 x 2.6 x 0.41 inches. Its 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 6.6 hours of CDMA talk time (5.9 hours on GSM 3G networks), and up to 300 hours (12.8 days) of standby time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A frequencies.
Augmented reality offers a new way to interact with the world around you.
What's in the Box
BlackBerry Bold 9930 handset, rechargeable battery, fixed blade MicroUSB charger, MicroUSB cable, 2 GB microSD card, stereo headset, quick start guide
Fast 3G network: Supporting the EV-DO Rev. A high-speed data standard, this phone enables you to download and stream high-quality video, straight onto your phone. Where coverage is available, EV-DO Rev. A connectivity provides average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps, with peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
GPS capable with Sprint Navigation: This GPS-enabled phone provides optional access to Sprint Navigation for driving directions on your mobile phone--by voice and onscreen. Along the way, turn-by-turn directions will be announced in a clear voice and displayed on your phone. For example, Sprint Navigation will say, "Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Elm Street." As you approach the turn, you will hear, "Turn right on Elm Street." Sprint Navigation also provides proactive traffic alerts with one click re-routing. And it's easy to find restaurants, banks, cafes, hotels and more from over 10 million points of interest across the U.S. (Additional charges applicable.)
Sprint Music Plus: Powered by RealNetworks, Sprint Music Plus is a full-featured music and ringtone manager, enabling you to purchase a song bundle of the full track, ringtone and ringback tone with just one click. You'll also be able to create playlists, preview songs, assign ringback tones to play for different callers and times of day, and get recommendations based on your musical tastes. (Additional charges applicable.)
Sprint Radio: Listen to your favorite music, news and talk programming on your phone from virtually anywhere, anytime. Just pick the type of station you want to listen to and Sprint Radio streams to your phone instantly. You can stop and restart the programming just as instantly, whenever you need to. Sprint Radio includes more than 100 live, local radio stations from across the U.S. (Additional charges applicable.)
Sprint TV: With Sprint TV, you can make your cell phone your always-on source for news, weather, sports and more. This comprehensive video service combines high-quality streaming audio and video from channels including The Disney Channel, NBC News, the Weather Channel, ESPN Mobile TV, Syfy, Bravo, USA, and more. (Additional charges applicable.)
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Top Customer Reviews
The screen is gorgous and the LED light makes my old Evo look like a dimm light for notifications. I love that you can see the LED light from any angle and with the Evo you had to literally face the device to see the light turn on. As for the browser its not up to par with Android or iPhone, but its not the same old BB one either, its WAY quicker, smoother and overall a big leap forward.
As for the apps I found a lot that i can use as well. The best thing to do is to go to your local Sprint store and play with one. Although I will tell you that I did that and there is no comparison, the display unit feels cheap, yet once you buy one it feel way better ( quality) And whoever complained about carrier.... then why would you purchase it in the first place? LoL Sprint is # 1 right now for realesing the most devices, just look at their BB , Android , Windows phone line up...they got choices! I wont be going back to Android until a phone comes out that blows my mind away, until then I am loving this Bold Touch- heck I even got some of my die hard Android friends looking into buying one too!
This new Bold rivals the iPhone for industrial design. Yes, I went there. The keyboard feel and function is simply the best on the market. I loved my BB Tour for its keyboard but now I know I was typing on Canada's Ford Taurus. The Bold my friends, drives like a Corvette with fresh tires on new asphalt. Also impressive in the design category is the slim graceful shape and really phenomenally vivid and responsive touch screen. The balance and shape of the device feels great in the hand. The screen isn't as big as some other phones on the market but it really does look fantastic. I will say however, that like the iPhone, this device resembles the kind of glass that should not be dropped. The BB Tour was unique in the level of abuse it could take. This new Bold, though solid and smartly finished, does not have that indomitable Blackberry brick weight to it.
It's all about speed and apps these days. Or so they tell me. The bold is fast and seems very stable from an operating system point of view. New apps launch quickly and it's easy to toggle between as many as 4 or 5 or so different open applications. The web loads credibly quickly and the browser is a quantum leap ahead of what blackberry has put forward to this point. Ah, but the app selection is on the skimpy side. Not an issue says me. As others have noted, the apps that are available work really well. My new favorite is iSpeech Translator. Look into it...Read more ›
If you need a phone and not a toy get this Bold
Then, four days later, I returned it.
Don't get me wrong - the phone is everything it is advertised to be - super slim and sexy, *the* perfect keyboard, messaging is still the killer app. But therein lies the rub....it's just more of the same and in 2011 that is just not enough.
The biggest reason to get this phone is the faster processor - previously painful tasks are now a breeze with the additional horsepower. App World, browsing, video are all actually usable now. Touchscreen is nice. But that's where it ends.
The phone is a little too wide to be held comfortably...I actually like the previous generation's width...this new one goes back to the original 9000's width which was a few millimeters too many.
There is no front facing camera, the rear camera does not auto-focus, battery is smaller than previous generation, apps that I want to use still don't exist - remote deposit capture for my bank, netflix, slingbox etc. CPU while perfectly adequate - especially in light of the lackluster CPU in previous models - is still a single core one and a generation behind other mobile platforms.
RIM, you've finally lost me. And when you lose faithful customers like me, maybe there's something wrong.
An oft-repeated refrain in reviews of this phone is that it offers more of the same to Blackberry loyalists - and that is both its saving grace and its downfall.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I did not like this particular phone because I had an iPhone 6 before. It felt like a downgrade. Now, I have the Galaxy S6 and I couldn't be happier :)Published 6 months ago by mankadol
Excellent phone. It is too bad Sprint no longer carries such high quality builds or the operating system. Read morePublished 6 months ago by battistta
Probably the best keyboard blackberry there is and I've had quite a few over the years.Published 12 months ago by A. Higgins
My Curve 4 fell in water and that was its RIP. I then fall in love with the shape and specification of this Sprint Blackberry Bold 5 9930. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Speaking Pen Author Services Firm
Ahh, here I go again with another review on a piece of old tech.
To sum up, for $90 I scored this unlocked 3 y/o Sprint phone in great condition. Read more
I bought this phone for the keyboard. I love love love typing on a true tactile keyboard. This phone is speedy, great, with a battery life that far surpasses my Galaxy S2. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by officiallyjuju