The BlackBerry Torch is the newest BlackBerry phone (as of August 2010). It is offered with mobile service exclusively by AT&T. According to Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry, you can get the BlackBerry in the U.S. from AT&T and Best Buy. AT&T offers the BlackBerry Torch online with a two-year service contract for $200. A data plan of at least $15 is required. Voice plans start at $40 and go up to $200 for individual plans at cost. A BlackBerry Torch no contract option is possible but you’ll have to pay $500 for the phone without a contract.
Best Buy stores sell the BlackBerry Torch both with AT&T new phone service activation and as a standalone. To purchase the phone with AT&T service you pay just $200 with a two-year contract. There is an early termination fee of $325 associated with the service. If you want to buy the phone without AT&T service it costs $550. The phone comes with a SIM card which can be replaced with the SIM card of any other phone service that uses a SIM card. Best Buy offers the phone with a one-year warranty for parts and for labor. This is important because RIM only responds to service requests from customers who bought their phones directly from the company.
Buying the BlackBerry Torch Outside the United States
BlackBerry phones are available outside the United States from a variety of retailers and cell phone service providers. The RIM website provides a comprehensive list of providers and phones available for the U.S. and Canada. Right now the Torch is not available in Canada but the company’s website is the best place to check for updates on when the Torch will be available for purchase in Canada.