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BlackBerry Bold 9930 Phone (Sprint)

3.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
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  • Professional mobile messaging with BlackBerry 7 OS, 2.8-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, 1.2 GHz processor, and Liquid Graphics technology
  • Fast 3G connectivity; international GSM capabilities; Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking; Near Field Communications (NFC) support
  • 5-MP camera with HD 720p video capture; Bluetooth stereo music; 4 GB memory (plus 4 GB microSD card); HTML5 web browser
  • Up to 6.6 hours of talk time, up to 300 hours (12.8 days) of standby time; released in August , 2011
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, fixed blade charger, MicroUSB cable, 2 GB microSD card, stereo headset, quick start guide
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Technical Details

  • 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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Product Description

Product Description

The Sprint Blackberry Bold 9930 Cell Phone is made with the powerful QC 8655 1.2GHz processor to satisfy your mobile needs. It has a lucid 3.2-inch Liquid Graphics touchscreen that gives you precise control of the interface. In addition, it sports a 5MP camera that can shoot superb images and 720p video clips with. Networking is also possible as this Blackberry Smartphone has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi so you can always be connected to the world around you./CDMANetwork Type: CDMA

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.

BlackBerry Bold 9930
At a Glance:
  • 3G connectivity

  • BlackBerry OS 7

  • 1.2 GHz processor

  • 2.8-inch touchscreen + QWERTY keyboard

  • 8 GB memory + 2 GB microSD card

  • GPS navigation

  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi

  • Stereo Bluetooth

  • Corporate e-mail
At a Glance

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).

Near-Field Communications

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.

Vital Statistics

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

Sprint Services

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.)


  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to Sprint's EV-DO, Rev A network with average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps and peak rates up to 2 Mbps.
  • Global roaming with Sprint Worldwide international services (pre-installed SIM card; compatible with 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM and 2100 MHz 3G UMTS networks)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Mobile hotspot functionality allows up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to share the 3G experience on the go with a laptop, camera, music player, game unit, video player, or any other Wi-Fi enabled device (available after software update).
  • Bluetooth connectivity (version 2.1) includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and A2DP audio streaming.
  • Onboard GPS for navigation (using pre-loaded BlackBerry Maps or optional Sprint Navigation) and location services
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) (accessory pairing and smart tag reading/writing)

BlackBerry 7 OS

  • BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) 6 allows you to send and receive messages in seconds as well as see when your contacts are typing. Swap pictures, videos, voice notes, and more (files up to 6 MB in size). You can even text non-BBM friends from the BBM screen.
  • BlackBerry App World features a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include travel, productivity, entertainment, games, social networking and sharing, news and weather, and more.
  • BlackBerry Balance separates personal content from corporate content, giving the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable.
  • BlackBerry Maps lets you view maps and receive directions on your BlackBerry smartphone. Zoom or pan through interactive maps when looking for locations or directions, get easy-to-follow turn-by-turn directions, and send maps via e-mail or text messages.

Communications & Internet

  • Personal and corporate e-mail access
  • Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for advanced security and IT administration features within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments.
  • HTML web browser (HTML5)
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video and IM instant messaging


  • 1.2 GHz processor speeds up everything--from playing games to watching shows to opening files from work.
  • 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen (640 x 480 pixels, 287 ppi, 16 million color depth)
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • Optical trackpad
  • MicroUSB port
  • Sensors: accelerometer, magnetometer .


  • 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with 4x digital zoom, flash, face detection, image stabilization, geo-tagging, zero shutter lag, and multiple scene modes.
  • HD 720p video capture


  • Music player compatible with MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, OGG, and WAV
  • Video player compatible with MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, and 3GP.


  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Included 2 GB microSD card with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
  • 768 MB of RAM

Pre-installed Apps

  • Documents to Go Premium with native PDF viewer.
  • Need for Speed Shift 3D racing game with full touch experience.
  • Kobo Books eReader with access to over 2.3 million titles (1 million free).
  • Vlingo Premium for voice-enabled texts, e-mails, Google/Yahoo searches, Facebook/Twitter updates, and calls.

More Features

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Hands-free speakerphone

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.6 x 0.4 inches ; 4.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005HK11XI
  • Item model number: Bold 9930
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,714 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

First of all this is coming from an Android ex user, I used to have the Evo 4G and after growing bored of Android I took the plunge back into BB, and wow what a difference! I used to have the Bold 9700 back in the days and this to me is a HUGE improvement! Its fast its quality built is just incredible, I would put the quality built up there next to the iPhone 4. If feels solid and you just want to write something to someone LoL. I dont know what other are saying about the size, its the perfect size, its hands down the BEST keyboard Ive ever typed on!

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!
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Sales people tend to move around a lot and sales organizations like uniformity and sales managers often hand out phones. And so it has come to pass that I've tried just about all the smartphone platforms on the market today. BB CURVE(S), DROID 2, iPhone 2, BB Tour) I didn't mean for this to happen. I play sports and stuff. But here we are...

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...
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This phone is everything I have ever wanted in a phone. The keyboard is amazing (I hate on-screen keyboards they are never accurate). Blackberry phones always have superior reception compared to all other phones. Also, the battery lasts all day whereas other smartphones need to be charged several times throughout the day. I have dropped my bold on concrete about 20 times and there is not a single scratch on it. This phone is SOLID.

If you need a phone and not a toy get this Bold
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By K on August 23, 2011
I've been a dedicated crackberry addict for 11 years now, buying each new model on the day it was released. The Bold 9930 was no exception....picked it up last Friday, two days before the official release, from a retailer eager to make a sale.

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'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.
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