blackberry-bold-9900Vodafone is the first U.K. carrier to begin selling the device, available for free on new 24-month contracts from £41 (approx. $66). Those who have already pre-ordered the device should start receiving their order over the weekend.

The 9900 is the first BlackBerry Bold to boast a touchscreen in addition to that much-loved (by some) QWERTY keyboard. It’s also one of the first few devices to run RIM’s latest BlackBerry operating system — BlackBerry 7 OS.

Powering this device is a 1.2GHz processor, which Jon’s video revealed makes for significantly faster boot-up times, packed into the thinnest BlackBerry yet. If you need any more persuasion to pick up this phone, here’s its full list of technical specifications:

BlackBerry Bold 9900 Tech Specs

  • BlackBerry 7 OS
  • Single core, QC 8655, 1200 MHz
  • 768 MB RAM
  • 2.8-inch TFT screen (640 x 480 pixels)
  • 4.53 x 2.60 x 0.41 (115 x 66 x 10.5 mm)
  • 4.59 oz (130 g)
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • NFC
  • A-GPS
  • Accelerometer, Compass
  • 1230 mAh batteries

You may notice that near-field communications technology is also built into this seemingly impressive BlackBerry handset, but unfortunately Vodafone will not support this feature to begin with — you’ll have to wait a while for that.

The cheapest Vodafone price plan for the 9900 is just £20.50 (approx. $33) a month, but with this plan you’ll have to pay £399 (approx. $650) for the device up-front. All contracts are 24 months long.

Will you be purchasing the BlackBerry Bold this weekend?