Three of the five major mobile phone operators in the UK have confirmed that they will be selling the just announced Blackberry Bold 9900, leaving Everything Everywhere's T-Mobile and Orange as the only network that has yet to say whether they'll stock the item or not.
None of the networks have confirmed when the phone will be on sale and on which contracts they will be available. The phone is the thinnest Blackberry handset yet and comes with a 1.2GHz System on chip, probably from the Marvell Armada 1000 series which features dual cores running at up to 1.2GHz as well as a "robust security subsystem including a secure execution processor", according to Marvell.
It also combines a proper QWERTY keyboard à la Blackberry with a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen with VGA resolution, 768MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi, a front facing camera and a five megapixel rear camera with HD recording capabilities.
The 9900 will integrate near field communication technology which will allow it to be used in contactless payment transactions or for security purposes. What's more, the phone, which was launched last week, will be the first one from Blackberry to come with Blackberry 7 OS which includes voice search capabilities, faster browsing and a new user interface called Liquid.