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Vodafone to get the BlackBerry Torch 9860

Mobile phone network Vodafone has announced it will be carrying the first full-touch screen BlackBerry handset since 2009, when the BlackBerry Torch 9860 arrives in the next few months.

Vodafone has a veritable history with Research In Motion and their touch screen mobile phones, where the UK network exclusively carried the very first touch screen Storm phone in 2008.

The successor to that very handset, the Storm 2, was made available to a great deal more UK carriers such as O2 and T-Mobile, a year later.

RIM's BlackBerry Torch 9860 is seen as the next generation of the Storm mobile phones, where the new handset has more of a traditional operating touch screen – without the movable display, which accompanied those other two devices.

The 9860 ships with the largest screen seen in a BlackBerry phone, with a full 3.7-inch display, a fast 1.2GHz processor, a 5 megapixel camera that's capable of 720p HD video recording whilst running from the latest BlackBerry 7 OS.

Vodafone hasn't released any pricing or tariff details to the Research In Motion Torch 9860, although it is retailing the slider Torch 9800 on a £36 a month contract. One Mobile Ring believes this could be matched with the 9860 and the same 900 minutes, a 500MB data allowance and the BlackBerry Internet service.

Vodafone - BlackBerry Torch 9860

Check out the video below from Vodafone UK, which highlights the features of the new RIM device.

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