Australia’s Optus has joined Canada, the U.S., U.K., and others by launching the BlackBerry Torch 9800 today. Optus is offering the Torch for free with a $AUS 79 monthly plan on a two-year contract. For now, it’s only available to small and medium business customers, but seeing as their only personal BlackBerry for sale is the Curve 3G, I would suspect the 9800 would make the jump sooner than later.
The BlackBerry 9800 is RIM’s current top-of-the-line smartphone, packing a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 3.2″ HVGA capacitive touchscreen, optical trackpad, physical portrait-oriented QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS, and 3G over HSPA. The 9800 also runs OS 6, a significant upgrade that introduces a WebKit browser, universal search for local and web content, and a whole slew of UI updates.
Head over to the Optus online store to pick up your own BlackBerry Torch, Aussies.