1. ColinsCity's Avatar
    And because of posts like yours it makes me want to get off my iPhone because I can't wait for my new keyboard replacement to come for my 9900.
    I've noticed over the last week or so that i'm finding it hard to type on the iphone keyboard again, i much rather typing on the 9900 keyboard, i'm really considering buying a P9981, i wonder what its like to type on that keyboard? haha

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    07-11-16 07:44 AM
  2. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    I've noticed over the last week or so that i'm finding it hard to type on the iphone keyboard again, i much rather typing on the 9900 keyboard, i'm really considering buying a P9981, i wonder what its like to type on that keyboard? haha

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    I found it absolutely 99% almost impossible to type quickly and accurately on my iPhone 5c. I am getting used to it and I'm getting better but AutoCorrect is saving me over 50% of the time I would say.

    That 9981, what are the specs compared to the 9900 because a lot of people seem to be comparing it to the 9900, is it the same processor camera etc.?
    07-11-16 04:20 PM
  3. anon(8063781)'s Avatar
    That 9981, what are the specs compared to the 9900 because a lot of people seem to be comparing it to the 9900, is it the same processor camera etc.?
    They are identical, or nearly so, internally: BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 vs. BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9981 - GSMArena.com

    Note that the minor differences between the reports on these models on GSM Arena are likely the result of incomplete reporting of specifications.
    07-11-16 04:27 PM
  4. ColinsCity's Avatar
    I've noticed over the last week or so that i'm finding it hard to type on the iphone keyboard again, i much rather typing on the 9900 keyboard, i'm really considering buying a P9981, i wonder what its like to type on that keyboard? haha

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    Everything internally is the same but the keyboard on the P9981 looks bigger, its flat like in the Q10 but has more prominent ridges on the keyboard so i don't know what that would feel like to type on, or if it would be as easy to type on like on the 9900 which is like my fingers are gliding on the keyboard and typing words as fast as i think of them haha. Also, the keyboard on my Q10 was acting really weird, i looked up how to take apart the Q10, i can tell you that it's easier to take apart the 9981 than it is to take apart the Q10, i dont even know how people can do that lol, i think i'll just have to sell it as faulty.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    07-11-16 05:21 PM
  5. anon(8063781)'s Avatar
    Everything internally is the same but the keyboard on the P9981 looks bigger, its flat like in the Q10 but has more prominent ridges on the keyboard so i don't know what that would feel like to type on, or if it would be as easy to type on like on the 9900 which is like my fingers are gliding on the keyboard and typing words as fast as i think of them haha. Also, the keyboard on my Q10 was acting really weird, i looked up how to take apart the Q10, i can tell you that it's easier to take apart the 9981 than it is to take apart the Q10, i dont even know how people can do that lol, i think i'll just have to sell it as faulty.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    The keyboard is about the last thing you remove when disassembling the Q10. It's an odd design, given the maintenance-friendly construction of the 9900 and other older models.
    07-12-16 12:30 AM
  6. EFats's Avatar
    I finally swapped the keyboard on my 9900 which was double typing on the space bar only.
    Got the cheapy one from Bislinks.

    Can't tell the difference from the keyboard originally in the 9900, but to be fair, I bought it used. Even the part number and serial number markings look identical.
    The swap was amazingly easy, even for first timer, took maybe 5 min including reading instructions online. It worked perfectly. The sym key might not be as perky and the toolbelt buttons feel a bit more rattly, but overall it feels same or better than what was on before. No more double typing.
    I love how easily serviceable this thing is! I hope to keep this running for a long time, but need to stock up on spare parts.

    One side note: While waiting for the parts to come in, I was running my Q10. I love this phone! The only reasons it doesn't win over the 9900 that easily is the lack of the toolbelt and trackpad. The battery life is insane compared to the 9900. In fact, while the 9900 was in the drawer and off for a week, the battery completely drained. Unheard of on my BB10 devices
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    07-12-16 01:09 AM
  7. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    Yup it's easy to plug in the KB and swap it as a whole unit, but once you separate the KB into halves and mess with the membrane that becomes a different story for some of us

    If your Bislinks KB works then I better have no probs with the BB brand one I should be getting anyday now. I saw the Bislinks ones and they were around $5. If that works then count your blessings lol.
    07-12-16 01:33 AM
  8. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    07-12-16 02:11 AM
  9. Eric Wadsworth's Avatar
    I was just searching for parts to turn mine white lol

    F##king Slayer!!!!
    07-12-16 02:15 AM
  10. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    I was just searching for parts to turn mine white lol

    F##king Slayer!!!!
    Shuswap gets the credit for this link, he told me about it, well he told me about the black KB from the same seller which was more than this white one
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    07-12-16 02:17 AM
  11. Eric Wadsworth's Avatar
    I found a chassis but it's from China I purchased a white and gold one from China for a q10 and the gold came off in a week lol

    F##king Slayer!!!!
    07-12-16 02:19 AM
  12. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    I found a chassis but it's from China I purchased a white and gold one from China for a q10 and the gold came off in a week lol

    F##king Slayer!!!!
    I saw the white official Blackberry OEM full chassis for $55 Cdn from England on EBay or Amazon, can't remember which.

    The gold chassis on my 9780 kept pretty good,the battery cover chipped a little 9900:Resurgence of popularity!-imageuploadedbycb-forums1468304556.702662.jpg9900:Resurgence of popularity!-imageuploadedbycb-forums1468304578.584693.jpg
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    07-12-16 02:23 AM
  13. Eric Wadsworth's Avatar
    I will keep looking hopefully I stumble across a white 9930 in good condition.

    Posted by the power of passport
    07-12-16 02:25 AM
  14. ColinsCity's Avatar
    The keyboard is about the last thing you remove when disassembling the Q10. It's an odd design, given the maintenance-friendly construction of the 9900 and other older models.
    The keyboard is attached to the screen so you have to take everything apart to detach the keyboard from the screen, and while you're at it you can easily just add a gold bezel and re-house the phone because at that point the entire phone will be disassembled just to change the keyboard. The P9981 is actually manufactured the same was as the 9000, i was shocked when i saw it being disassembled. I'm just so glad the keyboard is the first thing you can change on the 9900.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    07-12-16 04:40 AM
  15. anon(8063781)'s Avatar
    The keyboard is attached to the screen so you have to take everything apart to detach the keyboard from the screen, and while you're at it you can easily just add a gold bezel and re-house the phone because at that point the entire phone will be disassembled just to change the keyboard. The P9981 is actually manufactured the same was as the 9000, i was shocked when i saw it being disassembled. I'm just so glad the keyboard is the first thing you can change on the 9900.
    I replaced the screen, keyboard, and bezel on mine (I used the silver bezel from the white version), and those two little phillips screws that hold the keyboard and screen together were very difficult to remove. A few people have stripped the heads and have not been able to get them out at all.

    One side note: While waiting for the parts to come in, I was running my Q10. I love this phone! The only reasons it doesn't win over the 9900 that easily is the lack of the toolbelt and trackpad. The battery life is insane compared to the 9900. In fact, while the 9900 was in the drawer and off for a week, the battery completely drained. Unheard of on my BB10 devices
    I like the Q10 a lot too. My main complaint about it is the AMOLED screen. The whites aren't white (you can choose blue-ish or yellow-ish with that slider control), it's not very bright, and it's not great outdoors. The LCD on the Bold 9900 is much better, and I suspect that the one on the Classic must be as well.

    I miss the trackpad and buttons on the Q10, but I think the screen is even worse.
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    07-12-16 09:09 AM
  16. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    I replaced the screen, keyboard, and bezel on mine (I used the silver bezel from the white version), and those two little phillips screws that hold the keyboard and screen together were very difficult to remove. A few people have stripped the heads and have not been able to get them out at all.



    I like the Q10 a lot too. My main complaint about it is the AMOLED screen. The whites aren't white (you can choose blue-ish or yellow-ish with that slider control), it's not very bright, and it's not great outdoors. The LCD on the Bold 9900 is much better, and I suspect that the one on the Classic must be as well.

    I miss the trackpad and buttons on the Q10, but I think the screen is even worse.
    And here I find the screen on the 9900 way TOO bright, even set to 10% dim. I get headaches pretty easily in a dim room (like if watching a movie) so I had to purchase the Screen Dim app. It's like shining a flashlight in your face.

    I think this might also be the reasoning behind apple's new "NightShift" feature. But now I am finding the iPhone set to the lowest too bright also . This isn't an issue in daylight as iPhone auto maxes out the brightness when outside.
    07-12-16 01:13 PM
  17. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    I will keep looking hopefully I stumble across a white 9930 in good condition.

    Posted by the power of passport
    For what it's worth I saw a few places on eBay from Hong Kong selling "new and sealed" unlocked genuine Blackberry 9900's in white, I think they were around $75-100 Cdn. Shipping was estimated at around 3 weeks if I recall.

    Considering the massive population in China, carriers likely ordered millions of these things and now they are desperate to clear the warehouses.
    07-12-16 01:17 PM
  18. ColinsCity's Avatar
    And here I find the screen on the 9900 way TOO bright, even set to 10% dim. I get headaches pretty easily in a dim room (like if watching a movie) so I had to purchase the Screen Dim app. It's like shining a flashlight in your face.

    I think this might also be the reasoning behind apple's new "NightShift" feature. But now I am finding the iPhone set to the lowest too bright also . This isn't an issue in daylight as iPhone auto maxes out the brightness when outside.
    Did the screen dim app work for the 9900? i found coming from the Q10 to the 9900 that the screen on the 9900 at 10% is bright enough for the daytime usage but way too bright at night when trying to relax, i put all electronic devices at 0% at night to help me relax and i can't use my 9900 much because of the brightness even at 10%

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    07-12-16 01:17 PM
  19. ColinsCity's Avatar
    For what it's worth I saw a few places on eBay from Hong Kong selling "new and sealed" unlocked genuine Blackberry 9900's in white, I think they were around $75-100 Cdn. Shipping was estimated at around 3 weeks if I recall.

    Considering the massive population in China, carriers likely ordered millions of these things and now they are desperate to clear the warehouses.
    I wonder if Kim Kardashian knows this haha, i'm surprised she never got a white 9900, she has a white iphone.

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
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    07-12-16 01:19 PM
  20. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    Did the screen dim app work for the 9900? i found coming from the Q10 to the 9900 that the screen on the 9900 at 10% is bright enough for the daytime usage but way too bright at night when trying to relax, i put all electronic devices at 0% at night to help me relax and i can't use my 9900 much because of the brightness even at 10%

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    Ya it works amazing! BUT I noticed sometimes using the screen to scroll would not work while the screen dim app was turned on, but no worries, that's what the trackpad is for also.

    I believe the name is "Screen Dimm" app with 2 "m's" and the cost was 99 cents.
    07-12-16 01:20 PM
  21. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    Did the screen dim app work for the 9900? i found coming from the Q10 to the 9900 that the screen on the 9900 at 10% is bright enough for the daytime usage but way too bright at night when trying to relax, i put all electronic devices at 0% at night to help me relax and i can't use my 9900 much because of the brightness even at 10%

    Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk
    Here it is in the app World on my 9780......9900:Resurgence of popularity!-imageuploadedbycb-forums1468344195.160229.jpg9900:Resurgence of popularity!-imageuploadedbycb-forums1468344210.561118.jpg9900:Resurgence of popularity!-imageuploadedbycb-forums1468344224.795258.jpg9900:Resurgence of popularity!-imageuploadedbycb-forums1468344238.116501.jpg
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    07-12-16 01:24 PM
  22. Eric Wadsworth's Avatar
    I saw the white official Blackberry OEM full chassis for $55 Cdn from England on EBay or Amazon, can't remember which.

    The gold chassis on my 9780 kept pretty good,the battery cover chipped a little Click image for larger version. 

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    Thats awsome sir I dig the Elvis sunglasses
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    07-12-16 04:38 PM
  23. Bbnivende's Avatar
    For what it's worth I saw a few places on eBay from Hong Kong selling "new and sealed" unlocked genuine Blackberry 9900's in white, I think they were around $75-100 Cdn. Shipping was estimated at around 3 weeks if I recall.

    Considering the massive population in China, carriers likely ordered millions of these things and now they are desperate to clear the warehouses.
    Hong Kong was and still is a distinct market separate from China. For mainline China, I seem to recall that BlackBerry was only a business phone. At the end of 2011, BlackBerry had 0.1 % of the China market.

    So yes, Hong Kong and Indonesia were the strong markets for BBOS devices.

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    07-12-16 07:03 PM
  24. EFats's Avatar
    Yup, the Bislink ones are super cheap. But how does one tell if this is a Blackberry KB or some other copy? I can't imagine the market for replacement keyboards is big enough for someone to setup tooling to make these, other than the original manufacturer.
    As I said, looks just like the one on my phone originally. On Amazon (US) it says this is a Blackberry OEM part. The package I got came from UK, not China
    07-12-16 11:33 PM
  25. anon(9721108)'s Avatar
    There are some codes and numbers like "Rev 4" on the originals if you flip over the keyboard. This is why am thinking I did not have originals when they tried to replace mine because I looked at the numbers and they were just completely different, less numbers than the original.

    I think basically the Chinese ones are made with inexact tooling and inferior quality plastic, but many people don't mind them and they work OK for many. All I can say is I know the plastic on my 9780 Chinese chassis gold is not as rigid as the original. So many people probably had to buy keyboards over the years they likely made their money back for how little it cost them to make them.
    07-13-16 02:38 AM
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