BlackBerry Bold 9700 available from Telstra now

Telstra laying claim to being first to offer the Bold 9700

The much anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9700 is now available in Australia with Telstra laying claim to being the first carrier to offer the smartphone.

The Bold 9700 is available from today on the Telstra Next G network from Telstra Shops, dealers and online.

Optus has also set up a website touting the new smartphone and is taking pre-orders.

Vodafone and 3 have not yet said when they will be offering the Bold 9700.

Research in Motion (RIM) recently told Computerworld it has included support for the Mac OS X operating system in the BlackBerry Bold 9700.

The Bold 9700 is a companion smartphone to the Bold 9000, with added capabilities such as 3G HSDPA support and an optical trackpad.

This is our second 3G device and it also features our optical trackpad technology

“We are not trying to replace the 9000 — it is still selling well,” RIM managing director, Adele Beachley, said at the launch of the new smartphone a few weeks back. “We are providing a choice in the market.”

2009 has been a big year from RIM; it marks the 10th anniversary of its Blackberry smartphones. The company also opened its ANZ office in Sydney in April.

Check out the pictures of the Blackberry Bold 9700

The optical trackpad, which is also available in the Curve 8520, is similar to the trackpad on a laptop. RIM has also upgraded the camera from 2 to 3.2 megapixels. Other features include a Micro USB port, customisable keyboard and WiFi.

Changes to the positioning of the MicroSD card means users will not have to take out the phone’s battery in order to access the card. And, for the first time, Mac users will also be able to sync the device with their systems thanks to support for Mac OS X.

Beachley sees the device as focused on two groups: The first is successful professionals such as IT managers. The second is Gen Y transitioners who are “looking to harness the speed of the 3G network”.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 at a glance:

  • Size — 109 mm x 60 mm x 14.1 mm
  • Weight —122 grams
  • 6.2 cm light-sensing display (480 x 360 resolution at 245 ppi)
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch-sensitive trackpad
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Wi-Fi calling via UMA where available
  • 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • BlackBerry OS 5.0
  • Built-in GPS
  • Media player
  • 3.5 mm stereo headset jack
  • dedicated volume controls, lock and mute keys
  • microSD/SDHD memory card slot that currently supports up to 16 GB cards
  • 2GB memory card
  • 256 MB of Flash memory
  • background noise suppression technology and speakerphone
  • Bluetooth (2.1)
  • Support for BlackBerry services including access to up to 10 supported email accounts and BlackBerry Enterprise Server support
  • Available in two versions to support various carrier 3G network frequency combinations: UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1900/850/800 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM UMTS/HSDPA 2100/1700/900 MHz and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM
  • Removable, rechargeable 1500 mAhr battery with about 6 hours of talk time and 17 days of standby time in 3G mode

In other smartphone news, Optus recently announced it has opened a mobile app store for non-Apple devices, becoming the first Australian telco to do so.

Optus customers can download and purchase applications from the Optus Application Store on 2G and 3G enabled Symbian, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Java devices.

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