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  1. IllmasterMathematics's Avatar
    If I recall correctly, when the 9000 launched on Rogers it was $299 on a 3-year contract. As late as August 2009 when I bought my 9630 on Bell, I paid $249 on contract. Today though, Blackberry is hemorrhaging market share and with hundreds of fantastic smartphones to choose from, do you think the 9900 will launch up there with the original 9000?

    A 16GB iPhone 4 goes for $169 (to be fair that's probably over speculation of the imminent release of the iPhone 5 which will no doubt go for $199), do you think RIM will attempt to match this price point to remain competitive? I know their bread and butter is still the corporate market, and that the 9900 is a rehash of the Cadillac of corporate devices- but I think it's a rehash with the consumer in mind.

    In short, I will not be paying any more than $199 on contract. I got screwed with the Tour, and with QNX on the near horizon and a plethora of better spec'd phones out there, I have no interest in buying into any more of RIM's shennanigans for any more than I have to. Don't get me wrong- I love my Berry, and it will be hard to leave it behind- but the line has to be drawn somewhere. I fear RIM has completely lost touch.
    06-23-11 04:32 PM
  2. bighap's Avatar
    06-23-11 04:42 PM
  3. dooodads's Avatar
    450 off contract kthx.

    /hope
    06-23-11 04:42 PM
  4. UrbanGlowCam's Avatar
    I'm going to guess all of the next gen BB7 handsets (besides the Curve) will be $199 as an upgrade. It's possible they'll go lower to compete but I'm not sure.
    06-23-11 04:43 PM
  5. IllmasterMathematics's Avatar
    Others have said that the 9900 will launch at the same price point as any other, current Berry:

    $499 off contract
    $199 on contract

    This is US pricing, and does not take into account that the original Bold launched for a premium. I don't think the carriers will miss an opportunity to take advantage of Blackberry's popularity up North and gouge you for it, either. Call me a cynic.
    Last edited by brendankerr; 06-23-11 at 05:02 PM. Reason: Punctuation
    06-23-11 05:01 PM
  6. Crucial_Xtreme's Avatar
    I'm going to guess all of the next gen BB7 handsets (besides the Curve) will be $199 as an upgrade. It's possible they'll go lower to compete but I'm not sure.
    $199 is a good decent price point.
    06-23-11 05:10 PM
  7. sg8330's Avatar
    I've noticed on Bell, the typical 3yr subsidy on smartphones is $500 unless it is on sale.

    it better not be more than $600 off contract.
    06-23-11 05:12 PM
  8. dooodads's Avatar
    I've noticed on Bell, the typical 3yr subsidy on smartphones is $500 unless it is on sale.

    it better not be more than $600 off contract.
    If it's more than 500 (which I still think might be a bit much) I'll laugh forever. This aint no iphone.

    I'm HOPING for 450 on a carrier like Wind Mobile since their off contract prices are lower than robbers/****/telus, but I'm realistically expecting 500.
    06-23-11 05:21 PM
  9. josayeee's Avatar
    My best and most reasonable guess would be $600 CDN (About the same in USD)
    06-23-11 05:34 PM
  10. JUSTQUAN2's Avatar
    $199/ new contract, $399/retail..... This is just me hopin for the best.
    06-23-11 06:55 PM
  11. Maliberti's Avatar
    Once out, wait a month and get it for $49 or less on contract.
    06-23-11 07:50 PM
  12. sg8330's Avatar
    If it's more than 500 (which I still think might be a bit much) I'll laugh forever. This aint no iphone.

    I'm HOPING for 450 on a carrier like Wind Mobile since their off contract prices are lower than robbers/****/telus, but I'm realistically expecting 500.
    yeah you're right, i forgot apple was selling an unlocked IP4 for $650
    06-23-11 09:23 PM
  13. wirelessgal's Avatar
    My guess is it's gonna cost $199 on a 3 year life sentence with the Canadian carriers. Buyout price will be $599.99 + taxessssssssss for Canada.
    06-23-11 09:45 PM
  14. sookster54's Avatar
    My guess is it's gonna cost $199 on a 3 year life sentence with the Canadian carriers. Buyout price will be $599.99 + taxessssssssss for Canada.
    This sounds realistic, the 9780 (and previously 9700) sells for $499, the Motorola Milestone at Telus was $599 outright. The 3 year entry price are ridiculous on some devices, contracts shouldn't be as long as 3 years to begin with, I'm hoping that changes to 2 years soon.

    And that's 12% tax for BC & Ont, it's expensive living here, especially with the difficulty of finding jobs.
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    06-24-11 06:51 AM
  15. mssca's Avatar
    This sounds realistic, the 9780 (and previously 9700) sells for $499, the Motorola Milestone at Telus was $599 outright. The 3 year entry price are ridiculous on some devices, contracts shouldn't be as long as 3 years to begin with, I'm hoping that changes to 2 years soon.

    And that's 12% tax for BC & Ont, it's expensive living here, especially with the difficulty of finding jobs.
    In fact, third world countries have better control over prices on service providers than we Canadians. Even my grandma on her "poor third world" government pension (she was an English/Calculus high school teacher) has a phone with two year contract.
    06-24-11 07:08 AM
  16. raji.t's Avatar
    And that's 12% tax for BC & Ont, it's expensive living here, especially with the difficulty of finding jobs.
    12% tax in Ontario? Pretty sure it was 13% last time I checked...

    I have a gut feeling it'll be $574.99 off the shelf..
    Last edited by raji.t; 06-24-11 at 08:55 AM.
    06-24-11 07:23 AM
  17. leftypepper716's Avatar
    Here in the US I'd have to agree...$199.00 w/new 2yr contract or upgrade or renew, and between $499.00-$599.00 out of pocket.
    06-24-11 01:32 PM
  18. IllmasterMathematics's Avatar
    $199 seems to be the figure... I hope you guys are right
    06-25-11 06:04 PM
  19. s.hasan546's Avatar
    Here in the US I'd have to agree...$199.00 w/new 2yr contract or upgrade or renew, and between $499.00-$599.00 out of pocket.
    i hope it comes in less than $199.99. Maybe $149.99 initially. I love my 9780 but to the general consumer i don't see the bold touch to sell better than droids and iphones or even close at the same price point.

    and if it does come out at $199.99 id rather just wait 2 months after launch and than buy one off craiglists for $200-$300. Blackberrys, especially on verizon never hold their value.
    06-25-11 06:53 PM
  20. leftypepper716's Avatar
    Since RIM will have to battle the new iphone 5 coming in September, the Samsung Galaxy 2, new HTC's, etc...IMO it'd be a stroke of geinus to start the Bold 9900/9930 at $149.00 (even if other's haven't had a BlackBerry before, sometimes $50.00 makes a HUGE differance in a consumers choice.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    06-27-11 03:11 PM
  21. jgaspar89's Avatar
    Hoping $499.99 off contract for Rogers. If its more, I'll be keeping the 9780/surfing Kijiji.

    Posted from my CrackBerry at wapforums.crackberry.com
    06-28-11 07:49 AM
  22. jlb21's Avatar
    Once out, wait a month and get it for $49 or less on contract.
    Agreed. I was kind of hoping it might be closer to $149 on contract. I have my last VZW NE2 that expires mid November. I just hope the phone is released soon enough to allow me time to let it come down a tad in price. I would love to net it for around $99.
    06-28-11 07:51 AM
  23. leftypepper716's Avatar
    Agreed. I was kind of hoping it might be closer to $149 on contract. I have my last VZW NE2 that expires mid November. I just hope the phone is released soon enough to allow me time to let it come down a tad in price. I would love to net it for around $99.
    I seriously doubt, but it'd be great to see the Bold 9930 released at $99.00 (pretty sure the new Curve's will be around $99.00) RIM obviously knows the intense pressure from Android and now Apple (rumor is there will be a low end iphone 4S for around $350.00 for other prepaid countries this fall, which will cut into RIM's Asian/Indonesia market deeply) If RIM can get the Bold 9930 out a month before the iphone 5, pricing it like I said at $149.99 would attract more consumers. If the Bold 9900/9930's initial sales and overall reviews are weak...that could spell alot of trouble, hate to visit a Sprint store in December and see the Bold 9930 pricing at $99.00 Waiting two more months better pay off, this device (Bold 9930) better be the BEST BlackBerry ever made.
    06-28-11 08:17 AM
  24. tliolos's Avatar
    I am going to say that it will be $199 with a contract.... That is where the current Bold is and I am guessing thats where this one will fall..... can't beleive that it would be at $149 - although I would LOVE it there or LOWER!
    06-28-11 09:00 AM
  25. Bahrutile's Avatar
    yeah if i could walk in and pick up a 9900 for 149.99 w/2 year contract extention...id be happy! I've been up for an upgrade for months, just waiting on this phone to come out... i had to order a new trackball for my 9000 so i can keep using it till i can get this phone
    06-28-11 11:44 AM
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