White Blackberry bold 9700 – Blackberry now in White

A new creamy white exterior cover on Blackberry has a new look and it will be available with the model 9700.This model would have a fine finish and stylish look with new white color when compared to the previous white models like blackberry pearl.

Main features of Blackberry bold 9700

Trackpad navigation as we have in laptop but obviously small in size to scroll through menus and icons.

Hi-Resolution screen which can display over 65000 colors

Easy synchronization of audio and video files from desktop to blackberry

Speed network connection

Facility to expand 256 MB flash memory by inserting MicroSD card.

Good video recording facility along with 3.2 MegaPixel Camera


Battery: 1500 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Talk Time: Up to 6 hours
Standby Time: Up to 21 days
Music Playback Time: Up to 38 hours

Display,Size and Weight

High resolution 480×360 pixel color display
Supports over 65,000 colors
Height:4.29 inches (109 mm)
Width:2.36 inches (60 mm)
Weight: 122 gm (4.30 ounces)

Data Input & Navigation

Comfortable Qwerty Keyboard
Trackpad for navigation
Dedicated Keys to Send, End, VAD (User Customizable), Camera (User Customizable), 2 x Volume/Zoom


Wi-Fi enabled – 802.11b/g
3G Support
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
Supports Bluetooth

3.2 MP camera
Video camera recording
2X digital zoom

Password protection feature for security
Integrated speaker and microphone

White blackberry appears only in the blackberry website dedicated to Thailand country.It is only getting released in Thailand for now.Blackberry bold 9700 would cost around 700 dollars and in India it can cost around Rs 29000

Blackberry – Will it be successful in India?

Blackberry phones have starte pouring into India, but theres a catch you need to buy your Blackberry only from the Operators, a selling strategy totally new to Indians and couple it with the fact unlike US, the Mobile Operators dont give you any rebates, rather they price it much higher. Now compare it with Nokia’s E Series  phones, sold across the country in most Mobile stores, and backed by Nokia Service network.

I had the oppurtunity of using Blackberries in US and felt their build was not as solid as the Nokia’s succesful E61i, but the fact which made Blackberry a big hit in US was the Blackberry Connect/Push Email. In India most companies dont support Push Email, most of them support Exchange Servers (from Microsoft) and Both Nokia and Blackberry do pretty much the same in terms of  handling Pop/SMTP emails and Exchange Servers.   So Blackberry apart from the name really doesnt add much to the Indian Customers.

Add to that  Nokia’s popularity and resale values, you can expect very few to go and pick a blackberry ahead of a Nokia ESeries Phone. Then you got a load of free apps for Symbian compared to Blackberry adding so much to the usability the Nokia Phones.

With E71 Nokia probably has the best designed and refined QWERTY keyboard phone its hard to see how Blackberry can put one across the Nokia.

[ps: Now dont come n tell me Blackberry is so successful in US, the fact is Nokia doesnt have any deal with Mobile operators for subsidising its phones. This is the main selling point for US, no one pays the full price of any phone there. The model is very different in other countries]