CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry's 9720 smartphone will be released in the UK in September, priced at £180 SIM-free.
That's according to mobile retailers Expansys and Carphone Warehouse, which have been quick to detail their plans for the latest Blackberry handset. Expansys has put the Blackberry 9720 up for preorder at £179.99 SIM-free, although it has not revealed when it will start shipping orders. However, Carphone Warehouse has revealed that the phone will arrive at some point in September, having added the handset to its coming soon webpage.
There's no word on the handset's pay monthly pricing yet, with no mobile operators having announced support for the phone, but at £180, it's likely to fetch around £15 month.
The Blackberry 9720 was unveiled earlier this week, just a day after the firm announced that it was considering putting itself up for sale. Pretending it was business as usual, Blackberry announced that its latest smartphone will arrive running its ageing BB7 operating system, no doubt due to its continuing popularity in emerging countries, or a lack of confidence in Blackberry 10.
Beyond its obsolescent operating system, the Blackberry 9720 features a 2.7in 480x360 touchscreen along with a physical keyboard and a dedicated BBM key. There's also an 806MHz processor, 512MB of internal storage expandable via microSD card, a 1,450mAh battery and a 5MP rear-facing camera.
While Carphone Warehouse apparently will be selling the handset only in blue, it will also be available in black, white, purple and pink.
Blackberry has yet to announce the handset's availability details. µ
Pre-orders to begin on 9 September with release to follow on 16 September
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