The Blackberry Torch 9800 is the newest update to a wide variety of Blackberry phones available today. There was a lot of hype about this phone before it’s August 2010 release, but much of it lived up to the claims. AT&T is the sole provider of all Blackberry phones, but unlocked Blackberry Torch 9800 phones allow you to use it with other carrier services.
The Blackberry Torch is meant to marry the two best features of other Blackberry phones – a touch screen and a keypad. The Blackberry Touch was extremely popular, but some users missed the keyboard option. Other users had the Blackberry Crush, but there is no denying that a touch screen phone is inherently cool.
The Blackberry Torch does have a touch screen. It also features the same navigation buttons as other Blackberries, so users will have no problem adapting. The keyboard is a slider that opens when you need it. This means it is safely tucked away when not in use, and you won’t be accidentally hitting keys if the phone is in your pocket.
The phone features the same sturdy construction that made up earlier Blackberries. In fact, the slider option has added a few millimeters thickness, which gives the Torch an even sturdier feel. The slider is also sturdy construction, and has won over slider skeptics.
The Torch has many of the same features as other Blackberries and smart phones – GPS, web surfing, Bluetooth. There is also a 5 megapixel camera, although some reviewers were disappointed that the camera does not also take video.
Comparisons of the Blackberry Torch to the iPhone 4 Unlocked handset have also been extremely positive. The Blackberry holds up against the competition, so if you are torn between the two smart phones, you may have to make the decision simply on whether you prefer the keyboard or not.
As mentioned before, the Blackberry Torch is only available through AT&T. The Torch can be unlocked, though, and used with any other carrier. AT&T and Blackberry equip the phones with a SIM card, so switching to a new carrier requires a new SIM card. These cards should come with a new “unlock” code, which you will be prompted to enter when you replace the SIM card.
If you don’t change the SIM card, you can request an unlock code from your current carrier, and provide them with the Torch’s IMEI number. You can find this code Device menu, under “Device and Status Information.”