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RIM Announces the Dual-Mode Tour for Sprint and Verizon Wireless

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Jun 16, 2009, 7:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 16, 2009, 7:46 AM

Today Research In Motion announced the BlackBerry 9630 Tour, a new QWERTY-equipped device that supports both CDMA EVDO Rev. A and quad-band GSM/EDGE plus 2100MHz HSDPA networks. The Tour also comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus and video capture. The Tour has a full HTML web browser, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, supports microSD cards up to 32GB, an GPS. RIM said the device is expected to be available this summer from North American carriers. Both Verizon Wireless and Sprint have announced that they will sell the Tour. Sprint will offer it for $200 after rebate with new agreement. Verizon didn't offer pricing details right away.

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erikclarke

Jun 16, 2009, 1:57 PM

Finally we can truly compare a premium phone on Sprint vs. Verizon.

Verizon has so far been very cleverly shuffling away premium devices over to the "red" with iron-clad exclusivity agreements. Their phones are soooo appealing Shocked , modern, well constructed and flashy that consumers are drawn Drooling to the sexy hardware/software while ignoring the dry-hump Twisted Evil price-gouging techniques that the slick,customer friendly, well-skilled sales teams saddle new customers with on the way out of the store. Dan Hesse may not be as appealing as the horn rimmed network guy, buut his price plans are rock solid. His service is outstanding, and he finally can directly compete with VZW with a sizzling BlackBerry release. Let's see $99/month orrrrr $149/month...I wonder which plan will fit better into my recession proo...
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This is wholly depending on where you live.

If you live in an area where sprint and Verizon have THE SAME coverage, and you will never use the phone outside of that zone, sprint's is cheaper. If you are in an area where one works better than the o...
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erikclarke said:
Verizon has so far been very cleverly shuffling away premium devices over to the "red" with iron-clad exclusivity agreements. Their phones are soooo appealing Shocked , modern, well constructed and flashy that consumers
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You actually think Verizon has a more attractive handset lineup than Sprint? I have Verizon because the network is (generally) better than Sprint where I am, but I hate Verizon's handset selection, especially given the fact that all of their no...
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erikclarke said:
Verizon has so far been very cleverly shuffling away premium devices over to the "red" with iron-clad exclusivity agreements. Their phones are soooo appealing Shocked , modern, well constructed and flashy that consumers
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Well, I'm willing to start a company and give you a $50/month price plan to beat out Sprint's price plan. I mean we are just comparing price plans, not coverage or service, right?
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Thank you very much to everyone that participated in this impromptu discussion. I originally wrote my statement to encourage discussion and do realize that selection of a mobile phone service provider is a highly personal matter, heavily based on past...
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I'm sorry I don't have the time to read every single argument in this thread, but if I was getting this new Blackberry device, I would keep my current voice plan at $39.99 a month and get a consumer Blackberry e-mail and Internet service plan at $29.9...
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Wow this phone looks nice. I just switched over from BB Curve w/Verizon to the Pre w/Sprint. So far I've had good reception and cust service. I used to pay $85 w/taxes on Vzw for 450 minutes, 500 text/unlimited IN text and BB data. 450 minutes was ...
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BigShow

Jun 16, 2009, 9:43 AM

BB Tour and Simply Everything Plan

A perfect match! Just gotta decide between the Tour and Pre.
If only you could get reception w/ sprint the "simply everything" plan would be perfect!
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Like many are saying it all depends on where you live. In some areas Sprint is better. In others Verizon is better. In my case Sprint is better in regards to signal. If service in your area is good on both networks you gotta look at value and data spe...
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Kryger

Jun 16, 2009, 3:18 PM

the look

looks just like the Bold from at&t. kinda disapointing..
Kryger said:
looks just like the Bold from at&t. kinda disapointing..


or a Storm. Actually looks better than some of their past models.
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It actually looks like the Storm on top. Rolling Eyes
More represents the 8900 that AT&T just released, which was previously offered through T-Mobile. More along the look of it than the Bold.

Just my input.
AshDizzle

Jun 16, 2009, 5:25 PM

Once again...

CDMA announces an "exclusive" phone that can be used on T-Mobile and AT&T as well. If you really want the Tour (and don't care about a lack of 3G in the USA) then it's all yours with a few tweaks!
AshDizzle said:
CDMA announces an "exclusive" phone that can be used on T-Mobile and AT&T as well. If you really want the Tour (and don't care about a lack of 3G in the USA) then it's all yours with a few tweaks!

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I'm almost surprised that with Bell, Telus, and SaskTel deploying UMTS/HSPA in Canada there isn't UMTS/HSPA in our home frequencies on it. That would help start a transition from EV-DO to HSPA/LTE, being that RIM is based in Canada and all. It would...
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Mysterio693

Jun 16, 2009, 5:10 PM

Sign up to have Sprint inform you when it's coming

Although I've heard 2nd or 3rd week in June for the Tour on Sprint it can always change.

http://delivery.sprint.com/m/p/nxt/dyn/reg.asp?promo ... »

You can sign up to have Sprint e-mail you when it's available!!
will54880

Jun 16, 2009, 3:07 PM

Any word on the 8930??

I like the Curve keyboard better than the Bold or 8800 series keyboards, and I currently have a 8900 Curve on AT&T. Any news of a 8930 coming to Verizon or Sprint??
andy2373

Jun 16, 2009, 12:51 PM

That's cool Sprint's

Version will continue to have MMS and unlocked GSM side. Smile

It is ideally suited for those who want to stay socially connected, and lets you share moments through pictures and videos via MMS and instant message on popular IM services or BlackBerry® Messenger.


Customers also have the option of using a third-party SIM for international voice and data services.
Eric M. Zeman

Jun 16, 2009, 7:49 AM

Verizon's BlackBerry Tour Web Site

and here is Sprints BlackBerry Tour Web Site....

http://delivery.sprint.com/m/p/nxt/dyn/reg.asp?promo ... »
GTAexpert

Jun 16, 2009, 8:45 AM

I wonder why?

All of the Verizon fan club has been spouting off that they will have this phone long before Sprint, yet RIM themselves announce today it will come out at the same time.....hmmmmm? Very Happy
I'll take one on Sprint. Thanks!
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