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Research In Motion just “officialized” the BlackBerry Tour 9630, although we won’t see the device until later this summer. The latest ‘Berry supports CDMA networks in the U.S., including EVDO Rev. A, as well as quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and HDPA abroad. It still amazes me that BlackBerry […]

blackberry-tourResearch In Motion just “officialized” the BlackBerry Tour 9630, although we won’t see the device until later this summer. The latest ‘Berry supports CDMA networks in the U.S., including EVDO Rev. A, as well as quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM and HDPA abroad. It still amazes me that BlackBerry can cram such high resolution into a 2.44″ display: The screen offers 480 x 360 res, just like the Bold.

Although the device has the legendary BlackBerry keyboard and should be a considered an emailer’s dream, the device is filled with both business and consumer features:

  • 3.2-megapixel camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, autofocus and video recording (only to a microSD card)
  • Full HTML browser
  • 3.5mm headset jack and support for stereo Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS for geo-tagging and BlackBerry Maps
  • BlackBerry Media Sync
  • Preloaded DataViz Documents to Go
  • Support for the BlackBerry App World
  • 1400 mAh battery for 5 hours of talk, 14 days of standby

With the world-phone capabilities and the feature list, this is surely to be hit with travelers currently on a CDMA network like Verizon or Sprint. With Verizon’s flagship phone being a BlackBerry, I’d expect to see Verizon nab the Tour first. BGR suspects the same and anticipates a July release date on Verizon.

Want a tour of the Tour? RIM is happy to oblige.

  1. I’ve been using Blackberries for over a year now (and have several of them to date). I’m not necessarily an “expert” on BB’s but I know more than the average user.

    I’m a gadget addict with full blown Blackberry addiction :-) If you have never had one and don’t know what I mean when I say that don’t worry, you will soon enough ;-) They say once you go BlackBerry you can never go back and for the most part that is true. I have had several Blackberries on Verizon (8830 World Edition, Curve 8930, Storm 9530, and soon to be the Tour 9630) which is my preferred carrier. But I do have a line on AT&T because I could not resist the Bold any longer. Soon I will have an unlocked TMobile BB 8900 Curve and swap that back and forth with my Curve (the wonders of a SIM card).

    I came across a site for the blackberry tour owners http://www.Blackberry-tour.com I hope you will also find it useful. talk care.

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  2. this unlocked blackberry cell phone is my favorite so far! easy to use, smaller, nicer screen and i love the features. facebook and email is nice, camera is great. got mine at gsmallover.com and i love it. definately going to stick with it.

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