Mobilicity launches BlackBerry Bold 9900 with three months of free BIS

Ahhh, finally. One of Canada’s awesome discount carriers, Mobilicity, has finally got around to launching one of the new OS 7 BlackBerry devices. The Bold 9900 is available today for $549.99 without contract. To sweeten the deal, Mobilicity is offering three months of free BlackBerry data if you sign up for a $35 plan. Not too shabby at all! It also looks like Mobilicity won’t be blocking NFC capabilities as it has been on other carriers.

The Bold 9900 is currently RIM’s top-of-the-line BlackBerry, boasting a 2.8-inch 640 x 480 touchscreen, fixed-focus 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 1.2 GHz processor, and 8 GB of on-board storage plus microSD. The operating system has had a bit of an update, including support for 3D graphics, augmented reality, voice-activated universal search, and improved web browsing, but overall, you’ll find the same messaging-centric, app-starved experience as on previous BlackBerry models. My full review of the phone is over here if you’re thinking of picking one up.

It bugs me a little bit that BlackBerry data costs a little more on top of a standard unlimited data add-on as if those bytes are the choicest, most delicious 1s and 0s available, but I get that RIM charges carriers to pump everything through their central Waterloo servers. I suspect Wind Mobile will be offering the Bold 9900 at some point soon too, and if it weren’t for Mobilicity’s promo, might have a leg-up be offering unlimited local calling, texting and data for $35/month (rather than $40 on Mobilicity).

My contract with Rogers is up, so even though I’m less than thrilled with the battery life on the Bold 9900, and the lack of camera auto-focus is a serious pain, it’s likely going to be my way out. If you’re in the same boat, the Bold 9900 can be found in the Mobilicity online store over here.

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