UK online retailer eXpansys is offering the just-launched BlackBerry Bold 9700 on pre-order for £419.99.

This price is for the SIM-free handset-only, so the smartphone can be used on any network. As far as networks go for the Bold 2, Vodafone is due to offer the device from November on £35 a month contracts.

eXpansys suggests the new BlackBerry - an improved version of the original Bold, launched back in 2008 - has an "expected release date" on 9 November.

The BlackBerry Bold 9700 offers HSDPA, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.2-megapixel camera. As supplied from eXpansys it will come with a mains charger, data cable, stereo headset and carry case.