BlackBerry News: BlackBerry Bold 9700 launching on domestic and European GSM carriers in November

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The BlackBerry Bold 9700 has finally been announced. Details have been leaking in about the “Onyx” for months and most of the seem to be true in hindsight. The BlackBerry Bold 9000 successor rocks a Tour-like keyboard but ditches the trackball in favor of a little trackpad like in the Curve 8520. The camera has been upped to 3.2MP and the screen is now a 480 x 320 display. Just like the Storm 2, the 9700 runs BlackBerry OS 5.0 and all the goodies are included like threaded messaging, updated BB Messenger, and BlackBerry Maps.

Best of all RIM is launching the phone to nearly every GSM carrier in North America and Europe in November although International carrier-specific pricing is hard to come by right now. That will probably change in a day or two though.

AT&T has announced that it will sell the phone for $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and T-Mobile is expected to follow suit although it’s press release doesn’t mention a price. What it does mention however is that the phone will be able to make unlimited calls off of WiFi for $10 per month, which is something AT&T is slowly accepting too although it seems that AT&T’s flavor will lack that ability.

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BlackBerry Mobile Secret Codes – Explore your BlackBerry with secret codes

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Decibel meter.
Displays your signal strength in decibels, instead of bars.
Hold “Alt” and press “N”, “M”, “L”, “L” (repeat to reverse the effect).

Address Book file verification.
Checks the data in your Address Book for inconsistencies.
In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and press “V”, “A”, “L”, “D”.

Address Book data structure rebuild.
Forces a data structure re-build in the Address Book…
In the Address Book, hold “Alt” and press “R”, “B”, “L”, “D”.

View source code.
Displays the source code of a Web page.
In the Browser, hold “Alt” and press “R”, “B”, “V”, “S”.

Help Me! menu.
Provides crucial technical information about your device, for when seeking technical support or help in forums…
Hold “Alt” and (left) “shift”, then press “H”.

IMEI display.
Displays your device’s international mobile equipment identity (IMEI – your serial number) on-screen… Also works from all other GSM handsets.
Type “*”, “#”, “0″, “6″, “#” on the Home screen.

“Soft” reset.
Performs a “soft” reset of your device; the equivalent of doing a “battery pull” (ie. Removing the battery for a few seconds).
Press-and-hold “Alt”, then press-and-hold (left) “shift”, then press-and-hold “Del”.

Event Log.
Displays event logs of all the system-level events that occur on your device…
Hold “Alt” and press “L”, “G”, “L”, “G”.

All of these secrets have been tested on the BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry Curve 8300; .

In some cases, you will need to be on the Home screen when you enter these codes…
Key shortcuts:
A or C = phonebook
S = search
F = phone profiles
W or B = browser
H = help
K = locks the keys
L = calendar
V = messages
M = messages folder
R = alarm
T = tasks
U = calculator
I = applications
O = options
P = phone

Some new additions thanks to the contributions in this thread:

T – Top of page (in browser)
B – Bottom of page (in browser)
Space – Page down (in browser)
ALT + Right Shift + Del = hard reset
D – Memo pad
U – Switch between hide/unhide in title bar (in browser)
ALT + NMLL = numbers instead of bars for signal strength

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