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While I planned to watch one Tour starting this weekend, another one lands in a few weeks. The BlackBerry Tour arrives in Verizon Wireless stores on July 12th and you won’t have to climb Col du Tormalet that day to get one. You can pre-order the […]

BlackBerry_TourH4WebWhile I planned to watch one Tour starting this weekend, another one lands in a few weeks. The BlackBerry Tour arrives in Verizon Wireless stores on July 12th and you won’t have to climb Col du Tormalet that day to get one. You can pre-order the Tour now for $199 with a 2-year agreement. It looks like a pre-order will bypass the pesky $70 mail-in rebate that store purchasers will deal with when paying $269.99.

Like the BlackBerry 8830, the Tour is a World Edition phone from Verizon, so it supports the U.S. 3G CDMA networks here at home but also works in over 220 countries abroad that use EDGE/GPRS/GSM and HDPA. As with all of the other BlackBerry devices, the Tour has that legendary, high-quality keyboard that ‘Berrys are known for. Here’s a quick recap of the other specs, which we learned about a few weeks back:

  • 2.44″ display with 480 x 360 res
  • 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

Crackberry has discovered that the Tour is being offered in two versions by Verizon, with and without a camera. Both models cost the same and the option to bypass the camera is a welcome one for those whose companies forbid them.

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  1. Shawn Roberts Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    So if I am reading this correctly, the Tour could be unlocked and used on ATT with 3G service?

  2. Shawn Roberts Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    Never mind, re read it and found the answer to my question.

  3. It’s a nice phone, but it’s not $199. If I sold you this phone for $10 but you have to pay me $500 tomorrow it’s not a $10 phone. Maybe you think I’m pedantic but if you report it this way it just encourages the anti-competitive phone/contract bundling strategies that we see because people don’t know what they are paying, rather than a free market where phones and contracts are separate.
    A better price to report is net present cost, where the interest rate isn’t important over 2 years so it’s approximately $199+monthly contract price*24.

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