Broker: Sprint promised certain Tour sales to RIM in exchange for launch date near Verizon's
This article contains unofficial information.
Commenting on RIM, Huang says that he expects the back half of 2009 to see more launches from BlackBerry including an October release of the Storm 2 and the Curve 8520. The Storm 2 will be a touchscreen device like the original Storm and will have mostly similar specs except that it should include Wi-Fi. The 8520 is supposed to replace the usual BlackBerry trackball with an optical trackpad. The analyst thinks that by replacing the easily worn down trackball, less money will be spent on warranty repairs which should widen RIM's profit margins.
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1. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
i dont see the huge deal about this phone just another curve bit late if u ask me t-mo had its curve 8900? ages ago and now vz n sprint?
2. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)
I agree that Verizon is a little late getting the Tour, but it is the next step for Blackberry's at Verizon. I still feel the Curve 8900 overall is a better phone then the Tour will be, but I hope it will surpass my expectations. As for the release date, I think all carriers should have the same phones available at similar times. It would even the playing field and allow people to choose which carrier they felt had the best service in their area.
3. ErikSax (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 May 2009)
The 8900 is a slow (internet) phone. It is not as good as the Bold (best BlackBerry ever with twin processor power, 3G and Wifi.) The Tour is a fast phone (like the Bold, but for CDMA networks.) Since the Tour is the first Sprint BlackBerry to use the Rev. A network, it will provide an enhanced connectivity experience for Curve 8330 users (which all currently access the web at faster speeds [CDMA Rev. 0] than all of the 8900 [Edge] users do because of the 8900's slow data rate.