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Pre-sale for the BlackBerry Torch 9860 has launched on Vodafone , giving UK smartfans a chance to be among the first in line to get up to speed with the enhanced browsing, richer multi-media and faster performance that the all-singing, all-dancing BB7 operating system brings to BlackBerrys.

So far, Vodafone has given no indication of pricing so far or a concrete release date. But the second-ever Torch is widely expected to drop next month, with contracts included a free phone started at around £40

Unveiled earlier this month along with new additions to the Bold range, the 11.5mm-thick handset is home to a 1.2GHz processor, a five-megapixel camera with continuous autofocus and 720p HD video recording and a 3.7-inch screen that is the largest so far on a BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Torch 9860

The Bold went on sale last week on Vodafone, which is offering the Bold 9900 for free from £41 per month when buyers sign up to a two-year contract. That includes 100 minutes, 500 texts and 250Mb of data per month. Naturally, you’ll also get free use of the headline-grabbing BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging service, too.

Elsewhere, the Bold 9900 features a brushed steel frame and a physical keyboard for tapping our e-missives and a high-resolution touchscreen.

Also on board is a five-megapixel camera, a 1GHz processor and a Near Field Communications chip of the kind that are featured in Oyster Cards on the London Tube network. That means that owners will be able to pay for low-ticket items by simply swiping their handsets on a reader.

Check out the BlackBerry Bold 9900 on Vodafone here



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