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AT&T Announces BlackBerry Torch 9810 (Exclusive), 9850, & 9860

AT&T 9810 Coming Soon

Well I am glad AT&T is finally getting with the program. They have officially announced what they call the 4G BlackBerry portfolio. They have confirmed that they are going to “Exclusively” launch the BlackBerry Torch 9810 which kind of pisses me off if its true. I thought RIM was past these exclusivity periods. The “Exclusive” BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be launching in August and AT&T says that the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 are also planned for 2011.

Check out the press release at this link and the coming soon page for the BlackBerry Torch 9810. Press release after the jump:

AT&T Announces 4G BlackBerry Portfolio

Exclusive 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 to Precede 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and New, 4G, All-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860

Dallas, Texas, August 03, 2011

Key Facts

  • AT&T* today outlined plans for its future portfolio of 4G BlackBerry smartphones including the exclusive 4G BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, planned to be launched in August.
  • Also planned for 2011, AT&T customers will have the opportunity to select the 4G BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 and the 4G, all-touch, BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860.
  • AT&T’s premium BlackBerry lineup will be capable of speeds up to nearly four times the network speed capability of previous models, so you can talk and surf even faster on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.

4G BlackBerry Torch 9810

Exclusive to AT&T customers, the next-generation 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 is faster and more fluid with high performance hardware features and the new BlackBerry® 7 OS delivering an enhanced multimedia experience. It features the signature BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard that easily slides out to allow fast typing and a full touch screen display, and delivers high-speed 4G capabilities. The 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 is planned to be available in August.

The new 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 smartphone boasts significant hardware improvements including a 1.2GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with HD 720p video recording, 8 gigabytes of onboard storage and a high resolution, 3.2-inch touch display powered by BlackBerry Liquid Graphics™ technology to deliver an incredibly fast, smooth and responsive visual experience.

A powerful evolution of the BlackBerry software, BlackBerry 7 OS delivers speed, efficiency and UI enhancements and enables new hardware capabilities, including HD video recording, more fluid and responsive graphics, digital compass, and augmented reality. Browsing with the new BlackBerry 7 based smartphones is up to 40% faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100% faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones**.

AT&T BlackBerry Smartphone Portfolio

In addition to the 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810, AT&T plans to also add even more 4G-capable versions of  BlackBerry smartphones to its portfolio later this year including the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the 4G, all-touch BlackBerry Torch 9860, which will be AT&T’s first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone.


“BlackBerry customers are passionate about their smartphones – and they know to come to AT&T for the best choice,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “From being the first carrier to offer the BlackBerry solution in 1999 to the broadest lineup of 4G-capable BlackBerry smartphones this year, we’ll continue to offer our customers the leading BlackBerry portfolio in the U.S.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

** Requires BlackBerry 7 OS. Testing was performed by RIM in July 2011 and measured average page load speeds using pre-release BlackBerry 7 software.

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Important Information: Limited-time offer. Mobile broadband coverage and other coverage not available in all areas. See coverage map at store for details. Two year agreement with qualifying voice plan and a minimum $15 a month smartphone data plan required. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address within AT&T’s owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activation fee applies. Equipment price and availability may vary by market and may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose additional fees. Other conditions and restrictions apply. See contract for details. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.

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  1. Thats very nice. Its time for some new devices.

  2. As a T-Mobile customer (for now), I guess this makes it an even easier decision to say I’m going with the 9900.

  3. Great news! Now I need to figure out if I want to stick with the slider form factor or go full touchscreen. My wife and I have an upgrade available later this month.

    • Hi @BarracudaBob,

      Douglas from RIM here. I know this won’t shock you to hear, but my fellow co-workers and I at RIM have had just as hard of a time choosing one device!

      As for the Torch, a QWERTY keyboard on the Torch 9810 is great for those who want a physical keyboard, while fans of an all-touch device will prefer the Torch 9850 and 9860. No matter what, you get the new BlackBerry 7 OS with faster and smoother web browsing, multi-touch capability, voice activated universal search, as well as the ability to manage and keep your personal and business life separate with BlackBerry Balance.

      If you’re still having trouble deciding, check out this week’s posts on our Inside BlackBerry Blog about the “top things you should know” about the BlackBerry Torch 9810 ( and BlackBerry Torch 9850/9860 (

      Douglas, RIM Social Media Team

  4. I note that the 9810 is the only device announced that has one model number. Seems that the 9810 is to be on AT&T only in the US, like the 9800.

  5. Might need to change the title. AT&T says nothing about the 9850 because that’s a CDMA version of the 9860. Perhaps you meant 9900? That’s the only other phone they mention.

    And I know AT&T likes to spin it the way they do, but the whole “4G” thing in this case really is a joke.

  6. So, why is the 9810 getting announced before the 9900??
    Are they really planning on releasing the 9900 in November again??? 🙁

  7. I’m still gonna wait for the Bold 9900…..I never really liked the Torch’s form factor.

  8. 9850 is going to be the beast this year

  9. The fact that its announced makes me happy launch dates should be close behind 🙂 YESSS!!

  10. Well if thats the case, its’ the 9980 for on Tmo.

  11. In other news, AT&T announced that the new OS7 devices would come with OS6 installed and customers can wait about a year for AT&T to finish their testing of OS7. They do this ensure only the best user experience for their customers.

    I kid, I kid.*

    *I myself am an AT&T customer so making fun of their track record of slow OS updates is fair if you ask me.

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