For a carrier that only offers the lowly Pearl Flip 8230 and Curve 8530 right now, you could definitely argue that regional US Cellular is in desperate need of a BlackBerry freshening -- and it's getting exactly that this week with the launch of the Bold 9650. Though it won't have BlackBerry 6 at launch, USCC's press release is quick to note that the phone is "BlackBerry 6 ready" and will be available as an upgrade "in the coming months." Like other 9650s in the field, this version offers a GSM / HSPA radio on board for global roaming capability, a 3.2 megapixel shooter, optical pad, and -- of course -- all the portrait QWERTY action you can handle. Look for it in stores tomorrow for $159.95 after a $70 rebate on a new two-year deal.

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U.S. CELLULAR ADDS TO ITS SMARTPHONE PORTFOLIO WITH THE LAUNCH OF THE BLACKBERRY BOLD 9650 SMARTPHONE

CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2010) – U.S. Cellular today announced that the BlackBerry® Bold™9650 smartphone will be available online and in U.S. Cellular stores beginning Aug. 18. This much-anticipated smartphone is stylish and feature-rich, satisfying customers' needs to stay connected with their business and personal email, Internet and social networks, all on U.S. Cellular's nationwide 3G network. The BlackBerry Bold 9650 can be used around the world; it supports high-speed EV-DO Rev. A networks in North America, as well as UMTS/HSPA (2100Mhz) and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.

"When you combine the BlackBerry Bold with our industry-first programs such as Overage Protection and Battery Swap, our customers can have a powerful smartphone with a unique wireless experience," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "The international voice and data capabilities of the BlackBerry Bold give our customers options while traveling for business or with their friends and families."

With its combination of quality, performance, functionality and entertainment features, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 appeals to both professionals and consumers. Customers can view videos and pictures on the brilliant 2.4-inch HVGA+ display and browse the Web at fast 3G speeds. The 3.2 MP camera features auto-focus and takes high-quality pictures that can easily be shared on popular social networking sites. Plus with a microSD/SDHC memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards, customers have plenty of storage to take their music, pictures and videos with them wherever they go. And of course, customers get the convenience and reliability of BlackBerry email and access to instant messaging services like BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™).

Customers can use the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone's built-in Wi-Fi® to connect to the Internet over wireless hotspots at home or on the road, and the built-in GPS along with BlackBerry® Maps offers step by step directions and easy searches for local points of interest. The full-QWERTY keyboard makes typing fast and comfortable and the optical trackpad allows fluid scrolling through menus and icons.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 includes easy access to a range of U.S. Cellular applications such as My Contacts Backup, Tone Room Deluxe and Your Navigator Deluxe. Thousands more applications are available on BlackBerry App World™, making it easy for customers to personalize their phone to suit their style.

The BlackBerry Bold 9650 ships with BlackBerry® 5 and is BlackBerry® 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry smartphones that was announced earlier this month. It retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Bold 9650, subject to certification by U.S. Cellular, in the coming months. For more information about the BlackBerry Bold 9650 smartphone, visit www.blackberry.com/bold.

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US Cellular adding BlackBerry Bold 9650 tomorrow for $160