BlackBerry Essex. aka Tour2, is now the 9650; unlocked unit sells for $1388.99 on eBay

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BlackBerry Essex. aka Tour2, is now the 9650; unlocked unit sells for $1388.99 on eBay
According to BlackBerry Guru Salomindrin, the Essex, also known as the Tour2, now has an official number-9650. The original Tour is BlackBerry 9630. The major difference between the two models is basically the inclusion of Wi-Fi on the Essex and the 5.0 BlackBerry OS on the newer model. With the release of the official number for the unit, a launch of the 9650 cannot be too far away.

For one cellphone fanatic, no price was too high to get this device in his pocket. On eBay, a highly rated seller was able to unload a factory unlocked model of the BlackBerry 9650 with 3G and Wi-Fi for $1,388.99. While pricing has not yet been discussed for the 9650, it would be a safe bet to say that the price paid on eBay is substantially more than what the phone will go for upon launch. This particular model has a series of ID numbers etched on the casing. The OS on the handset is While the winner of the auction is the first person in the world to pay for the Essex/Tour2, the seller (who we can assume knows something about RIM's inner workings to have been able to get his hands on the phone) says on his listing page that the official release of the 9650 will be sometime between March to July 2010. The seller is given to a bit of hyperbole, calling the 9650 the "iPhone killer". If you are a touchscreen fan, the 9650 might not even be a 9550 killer!

source: Salomondrin, eBay



3. bluehorseshoe

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

You forgot the other major difference...the trackpad vs. the trackball. Considering the history of the trackball on the original Tour, I'd label it 'the' major difference. LOL...

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I agree this is a major difference as is the wifi, but I just read over that now that I've seen it so much. This was a good point though. It seems this will be a CDMA version of the new Bold. I would not be dissapointed if it was after playing with the new Bold. The new Bold was at least 4 times faster then my Tour.

1. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

The most important part of this article was the release date which falls in line with what I've read before. I think this will be the next Blackberry I purchase. I hope it's as fast as the latest Bold that AT&T just released.

2. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

why is blackberry's support for imap such a failure? was i not doing something right with my storm?

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

VZW, you confuse me. I thought you were a huge advocate of your Storm and it seems from recent posts you may have switched over to the Droid?

6. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i have switched to the droid, it is so much better than my storm. i did love it, but i love the droid more. :-). the imap support for the droid is 100% better than the storm. rim needs to update their email UI.

7. joh0006

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 16, 2009

Question - i use my BB for work (currently using the Pearl) - we have the enterprise server so my email, calendar, etc come directly to my BB pearl. Will the Droid do this?

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