Telus launches BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9810

Following up on Rogers and Bell releases, Telus has released two new BlackBerry smartphones today. The Bold 9900 we’re pretty familiar with at this point, and is now on sale for $149.99 on a three-year contract, or $649.99 with no strings attached. The Torch 9810 is a bit cheaper, going for $599.99 off-contract, or $129.99 with the standard commitment.

Both devices are upper-end (at least as far as RIM handsets go) boasting 640 x 480 touchscreens, 1.2 GHz processors, 5 megapixel cameras with 720p video recording, and magnetic compasses for augmented reality apps. The 9900 has the added bonus of near-field communications, but with so few use cases for it yet, the Bold doesn’t have much of a head start on the slider. For a closer look, be sure to check out our hands-on video and impressions of the BlackBerry 9900 here and the 9810 here.

Now that all of the major Canadian carriers are hooked up with at least a few of the new devices (the Torch 9860 seems like it’s still a few weeks out), I’m eager to hear about when the little guys like Wind Mobile and Mobilicty will launch their offers. My contract on Rogers is just about up, and I may end up signing on with one of them next. If you’d rather keep your nicely-subsidized device and solid coverage however, the Telus Bold 9900 is in their online store here, and the Torch 9810 is chilling out here. Sit tight, Americans – these devices are headed your way soon too.

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