While Bell is busy getting the Bold 9780 out the door to keep up with Telus and Rogers, they’ve also got a few other BlackBerry surprises for before the holiday. For one, they’ll be nabbing the red Torch that was released on AT&T recently at the same ol’ $179.99 on contract price. That’s certainly more appealing that the $230 that Rogers is now asking since upping the price for some strange reason. Additionally, Bell is outing the BlackBerry Style 9670 for $399.99 on contract. Both will be shipping to stores on November 15 and launching on November 23.
The BlackBerry Style is RIM’s second flip phone, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, external display, HVGA internal screen, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, and GPS. The BlackBerry Torch is similar, but in a slightly sexier slider form factor. It has a bigger 3.2″ HVGA touchscreen, and also runs OS, complete with universal search, a WebKit browser, and a bunch of UI updates.
The launch of both of these phones highlights a leg-up that both Bell and Telus have over Rogers; they can access U.S. handsets destined for Verizon and Sprint (like the Style) by virtue of their legacy CDMA network, but they can also get the nice HSPA phones like the Torch that would historically be limited to Rogers.