BlackBerry Bold 9650 (U.S. Cellular) review: BlackBerry Bold 9650 (U.S. Cellular)

The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 from U.S. Cellular comes with a travel charger, a USB cable, a case, a wired headset, and reference material. For more add-ons, please check our cell phone accessories, ringtones, and help page.

We tested the dual-mode (CDMA 800/1900; GSM 850/900/1800/1900) RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 in San Francisco using U.S. Cellular's roaming partners. Call quality was great for the most part. We did detect a bit of static and fuzz on our end, but the overall voice quality was loud and crisp.

On their end, callers were very pleased as well. They detected no voice distortion or environmental noise, and said that our voice was so clear and sounded so natural, it was as if we were calling from a landline. The same goes for the speakerphone; they could hardly tell we were on a speakerphone except for a bit more background sound.

We were able to test EV-DO speeds on the Bold 9650, and we were impressed. The CNET home page loaded in just 50 seconds, and the BBC mobile page loaded in around 15 seconds. Unfortunately, we were not able to test the Bold 9650 under a GSM network, and neither were we able to use BlackBerry OS 6 with the phone. The Bold 9650 had very little lag overall however.

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