First up, the Torch 9810, which is available for free from £37 per month – despite Three’s generous £30 tariff. This 24 month O2 contract, albeit pricey, will bag you a reasonable 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of mobile data. The phone’s also available on pay as you go with O2, for £429.99.
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 is slightly cheaper, with the network offering it for free on a £32 tariff with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Unsurpsingly, it’s also more affordable on pay as you go – sporting a £349.99 price-tag.
In terms of specs, both handsets packs 1.2GHz single-core processors, paired with BlackBerry OS 7, integrated NFC tech, and HSDPA and WiFi connectivity. However, the Torch 9810 is A QWERTY-slider device, pairing a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a finger-friendly keyboard housed underneath.
The Torch 9810, on the other hand, is the spiritual successor to the BlackBerry Storm 2, touting a 3.7-inch capacitive screen and no QWERTY keys. The phone managed to impress in our hands-on review, too, thanks to its responsive display, impressive 5 megapixel HD camera, and innovating BlackBerry OS 7 platform.