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NA Carriers Confirmed for Torch 9810, 9850, & 9860 – Verizon Suspiciously Missing?

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In the interviews with the project managers for the BlackBerry Torch 9810, 9850, & 9860 was an interesting bit of information. In it RIM confirmed the North American carriers for all three devices. The regular suspects are there and it does confirm the Torch 9810 as a AT&T exclusive in the USA. Check out the list of North American carriers for yourself and tell me if you see something missing:

  • BlackBerry Torch 9860 from AT&T, Rogers, Telus and Bell
  • BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone from Sprint and U.S. Cellular
  • BlackBerry 9810 from AT&T, Bell, Telus and Rogers

Did you notice a big US carrier missing from that list? While Verizon could be holding out to make the announcement themselves we have already seen Verizon branded versions of the 9850. I know for a fact that Verizon is getting the 9930 but after getting the first and second Storm could it be they are not going to launch the redeeming Torch 9850?

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  1. This is probably just Verizon being Verizon. These new devices looks really great! I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

    • Hi @Rob,

      Alex from RIM here. I’m glad you’re enjoying the look of the new BlackBerry 7 smartphones – we’re excited about them, too! Now that the devices have been officially announced, your wish to “get your hands on them” will be here before you know it.

      Meanwhile, if you want to get up-close and personal with all 5 new smartphones, check out our Inside BlackBerry Blog:

      Alex, RIM Social Media Team

      • Why is the Torch 2 exclusive only to AT&T??? Why not T-Mobile??? Do any of the overseas carriers use the same frequency band as T-Mobile USA so that i may possibly use it on T-Mobile’s network for 3 and 4g bands??????

      • Why has T-mobile been left out of the loop on the Torch? My team has been waiting for this phone for a year and now its not coming to our carrier. The Bold 9900 is a wasted upgrade. Touch Screen on a mini glass serves no purpose.

        • Have you tried one? I’m on day two now with my 9930 and I’m finding the combination of touch screen, trackpad, and full keyboard to be uber-Berry.

  2. Verizon probably want a certain commercial for that phone and won’t open up until its there or if they don’t carry this device consider they self on the short end of the stick everybody doesn’t want a 9900 if they don’t get it I will be moving on sorry but Verizon gotta open they mouth everybody else did

  3. I don’t see T-Mobile on your list either.

  4. I hope Verizon isnt missing for long because the torch all touch would be great for there network

  5. But Verizon just got the touchscreen 9550 a short 22 months ago. Why would they need to replace it?

    • The 9550 only houses up to OS 5… It has less memory and an old ass processor.. This device will keep up to par w/the BB fun stuff for the next 6-8months till QNX pops outta RIM’s womb.

  6. Verizon better be getting Torch all touch or ill be pissed id have to get an unlocked phone.

  7. Sure hope this is just Verizon wanting to control the media blitz on these rather than not going to carry the 9850. Anyone remember Storm 2.5? We say leaked photos of that too and it never launched. 🙁

    Sure looking forward to an upgrade to replace this Storm2 and I want a full touch device. If Verizon doesn’t release the 9850, I have no choice but go Android since Verizon is my only carrier option and no way I’m going iPhone.

  8. 9850 for USCC. Um, Yes please 🙂 First device I’ve been eagerly awaited for some time.

  9. Just looking at the specs, I wonder why, in this day and age of social media and mobile web browsing, doesn’t RIM show battery usage on that. They do Talk time, Music, video, etc. But no browsing time. I think we all know how much almost any twitter app can kill your battery.

  10. Verizon hasn’t finished their certification of the new BB7 devices. RIM couldn’t wait to launch.

    Too bad Verizon — how many Android phones have you certified this month?

    BB users: inundate your Verizon stores with queries about BB 9930 and 9850 launch dates. Carriers must stop trying to play god. They serve consumers, not the other way around.

    • Now, even tho I AM a BlackBerry lover and BB will be the only phone I ever rock as I live out my life one nation under RIM and I agree 100% it is not far to be one sided… I must say they ARE listening to consumers.. For the US android now has taken over 50% of sales… Android puts phones out fast and sticks to release dates.. The honest truth is we the bb users minorities and rim is at fault for not keeping a date. Why should verizon waste their time when they aren’t even sure when RIM will ok it to hit the shelves when they DO have 50 droids coming thru, on high demand AND on time… They ARE following the ppl’s wants..

      • I’ve read tons of articles on Android phone delays. Android tablet delays as well. iPhone is way later than usual this year as well. It’s not just RIM missing dates. The mobile industry is moving at such a fast pace right now it’s hard for anyone to keep up.

        • Android has not been this delayed and even so where ONE model may have been a lil late they produced about 20 other models on the shelves or previously released to keep the purchases going… Iphone is another story, tho they have been timely w/the exception of this release but the facts are the iphone will because the us ppl are brainwashed by jobs lol… But BB is dying breed in the US and their poking around and not playing in to the consumers until they began to drown is why companies don’t care as much… The us isn’t malaysia or india or canda u won’t see pre-orders open up for any bb OS 7 device lol but iphone will have a pre-order opened a month in advanced… It’s just the facts… That’s why RIMs next steps matter so much as far as the US goes…

          • Ashley, These BB’s have been really late getting out the door because they scrapped their entire lineup and started from scratch. So I would say these guys are probably about right on time.

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