BlackBerry Bold 9650 (U.S. Cellular)

The Good The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 has Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and 512MB of onboard memory. It has a nice display and a great optical touch pad. It is a dual-mode device and can work on both GSM and CDMA networks.

The Bad The RIM BlackBerry browser can be tricky to navigate, and it doesn't have OS 6 yet.

The Bottom Line The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 is one of a few phones that will please globe-trotting U.S. Cellular customers.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

BlackBerry Bold 9650 (U.S. Cellular)

After RIM launched the BlackBerry Bold 9650 for both Sprint and Verizon earlier this year, regional carrier U.S. Cellular now has a turn at it as well. Like the other two, the U.S. Cellular version is an upgrade to the BlackBerry Tour, and features Wi-Fi, more onboard memory, and an optical trackpad. In this review, we will mostly focus on the features and performance that U.S. Cellular offers. For more information about the phone's design and core functions, please read the full review of the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 for Sprint. The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 is available from U.S. Cellular now for $159.95 after a two-year service agreement and a $70 mail-in rebate.

Features
The RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a world phone that can work with both CDMA and GSM networks. It will work with U.S. Cellular while you're within the country, and when you're abroad, you can use a SIM card to connect to a GSM network. As the Bold 9650 supports both EV-DO and UMTS/HSDPA (2,100MHz), you have the freedom to use 3G wherever you are as well. You'll get voice coverage in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200, 110 with 3G.

Two of the Bold's notable additions are Wi-Fi and double the onboard memory (512MB vs. 256MB). You also get Bluetooth and GPS, which is useful when using BlackBerry Maps and navigation. If you're not satisfied with the onboard memory, the Bold 9650 also has a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB of extra storage. Our Bold 9650 came with a few preloaded apps and games--Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, DataViz's Documents To Go, BrickBreaker, Word Mole, Texas Hold'Em King 2, Sudoku, Klondike, and U.S. Cellular's Tone Room Deluxe--but you can get more from BlackBerry App World.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $500
  • Brand BlackBerry
  • Service Provider U.S. Cellular
  • Diagonal Size 2.4 in
  • Weight 4.8 oz
  • Sensors Ambient light sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features TTY compatible
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