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Vodafone and Orange see the light

Vodafone and Orange have both announced they will be carrying the first BlackBerry slider phone from Research In Motion - since its launch event in America on the AT&T network.

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is the first slider handset from RIM, which also has a full touch screen and runs their new OS 6.

Orange announced over twitter they will be selling the new BlackBerry handset, in a tweet from the UK PR Manager that reads: "Good news: The new BlackBerry Torch 9800 with BlackBerry 6 will be coming soon to Orange UK. We will keep you posted with details...". - with no further information on offer, or even Orange's own ‘Coming Soon' page listing its existence.

Straight after the USA launch event for the 9800, Vodafone also posted on twitter they will be carrying the phone, in a tweet that reads "The BlackBerry Torch will be coming soon to Vodafone UK. Register for updates here:". That very link redirects to their ‘Coming Soon' page for the BlackBerry Torch, indicating they are more prepared than Orange and will most likely have the phone on sale first.

No pricing has been announced by either network, although expect to pay around the mid £30 mark on a 24 month contract with the handset free.

One Mobile Ring was at the RIM launch event in the UK, where we will be posting a First Looks review on the handset soon. At the event there were a number of BlackBerry Torch 9800 phones on show, with various demos being held by members of RIM staff where we noted a handset on the O2 network - but there's no news had been made public yet from them.


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