BlackBerry Tour available with or without camera

BlackBerry Tour available with or without camera
Decisions, decisions. As we reported last night, Verizon is now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Tour with a launch date of July 12th now made official. But if you mosey over to Big Red's web site to put in your order for the 9630, you are immediately struck with a choice to make-camera or no camera? The two phones share the same model number and price, although we're pretty sure that the shooter costs more than $0 for RIM to procure the necessary parts and labor to put on the device.

Actually, the reason for the choice is to allow those who work for firms that are sensitive about photography in the work place, to still buy the Tour and bring it to work. And it also allows those said companies to buy the Storm for their employees without having to ban them from the work place environment. Just make sure you remember which version you buy because it would be embarrassing to get a subject ready for a photo and then find yourself without the camera.

RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630 Specifications

source: Crackberry
BlackBerry Tour available with or without camera


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24 Comments

1. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Well i guess they're just trying to make the phonea avaliable to everyone but what kind of place would really be that strict that you couldn't bring a phone with a camera?

2. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

not sure if you read the article, but let me help you: "Actually, the reason for the choice is to allow those who work for firms that are sensitive about photograpy in the work place" meaning places like GE, and anyone doing government or defense contracting among others...

6. seebeatty

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2008

Or financial institutions, with concerns around customer privacy and data. Or companies with Non-disclosure agreements that are big into intellectual patents.

7. swm4motoQ unregistered

a court room duh! MotoQ9cFTW!

9. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

uhhhh if you couldn't have cameras in the courtroom there would be no such thing as Court TV....or Nightcourt Bull FTW

10. swm4motoQ unregistered

or Woppner. KRAVENdaKRAVE

13. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

confidentality.......isnt that a bit strict no camera phones?!?!? makes sense tho

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Some hospitals too

24. Rohan unregistered

Call Centers Mate!!

3. russi

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Im very glad theyre making both options available i come across a lot of customers who cannot have cameras at work

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I want to pre-order a Tour, but I think I'm going to hold off to see how the reviews are for it. The Storm ruined my confidence in Blackberry.

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

why? what was so bad about the storm you didn't like?

8. swm4motoQ unregistered

the touch screen duh! RAZR4EVR

12. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

all of the storm's problems

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

name a problem? what's wrong with the touchscreen?

15. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I use my Blackberry for work and it's very slow to navigate between menu's and options. The OS is very sluggish, even after the last update which made a big difference. Typing on the phone is very difficult, especially one handed if you're multitasking. Although the screen is large, it's still small enough that the size of the keyboard is limited. This may be why RIM is expanding it to include the call and end button in the Storm 2. Everybody in my company who has a storm has quit replying to emails since they've switched from either a curve or older model Blackberry. Additionally the call quality on the Storm is horrible, I actually forward my voice to an alternate phone to avoid having people complain about the quality. I've owned quite a few Blackberry's and this is my first real dissapointment. I wasn't overly satisfied with the Blackberry Pearl, but that was strictly preference. A friend of mine has the Curve 8900 and it's amazing how much faster the Curve is then the Blackberry. Even the old Curves run circles around my Storm.

17. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i think the call quality is amazing. when i do have sufficient service/when i don't drop calls, i can't even tell i'm talking on a cell phone. i don't find it hard to type on when in landscape but i do agree with one hand it is a bit difficult sometimes. i'm afraid when if i get the tour i will miss having the landscape qwerty keyboard...

21. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

If you like the storm and touchscreen I would hold out for the Storm 2 that is supposed to be released soon enough. I just can't stand my storm. I type semi-long emails for work and it doesn't allow me the speed my other phones have offered. As for the landscape keyboard, I think the traditional Blackberry is easier to type on. I'm guessing the buttons on the storm 2 will be bigger since they'll have more screen space available. I think removing the clicking feature will also allow them to expand the size of the screen slightly too. I think my next two moves will be for the Blackberry Tour (as long as the reviews are decent) and the Blackberry Aries (sp) since it will offer Wifi. I'm hoping the Wifi will allow for some sort of Wifi calling.

22. exidor

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 28, 2009

r u an idiot what cell phone company will allow for some sort of wifi calling, i mean really did u think that out. cell phone companies are in business to make money not offer all services for free. some people on this site really dont think what they say out loud. just stupid stupid

23. spdklls

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

Tmobile offers wifi calling and it is not a free service thus they still make money. Tmo @ home and hot spot calling. Works rather well with my Crackberry.

11. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

what the hell? ok uh just get a different phone without a camera DUH or dont use it!!! and why is the price still the same if one has a camera and one doesnt?

16. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Certain companies don't allow you to have a camera onsite, they want the functionality of the latest Blackberry without a Camera. I think this was a great idea. As for the price, the cost to produce a model without a camera is less, but manufacturing costs increase to offer two models. I think they are selling them for the same price to recover some of the additional expense to set up a second manufacturing line, but that's just my opinion.

18. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

BBUser, dont pay any attention to Behold--me.....hes a tool who just wants to trash on everyone elses posts.....

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

How many (good) phones are made nowadays without a camera?

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