BlackBerry OS 5.0 to be released for existing devices starting this week?

By on October 24, 2009 at 3:25 PM.

BlackBerry OS 5.0 to be released for existing devices starting this week?

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While the launch of the BlackBerry Storm2 on Verizon is widely expected to take place on October 28th and the Bold 9700 is so close we can almost taste it, owners of current generation BlackBerry smartphones  — the Pearl Flip 8220/8230, Curve 8330/8350i/8900, Bold 9000, Storm 9500/9530 and Tour 9630 — should be pleased to note that RIM is all set for the launch OS 5.0. Specific dates aren’t easily pinned down as it more or less depends on the device one has and the carrier one is with, but thanks to our connects we know, for example, that Verizon will be dropping for the OS 5.0 for the Storm 9530 tomorrow evening with a fall back date set for Monday. Those that don’t have Desktop Manager set up on either their PC or Mac might want to get everything ready ahead of time as it looks for the most part that OTA software updates will not be made available. Oh well. OS 5.0 is oh so worth the hassle.

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BlackBerry Tour release looms on U.S. Cellular

By on October 8, 2009 at 11:32 AM.

BlackBerry Tour release looms on U.S. Cellular

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One of our crafty readers just let us know that U.S. Cellular will indeed be joining other state-side CDMA carriers in offering the BlackBerry 9630 to their subscribers. The specs page, listed here on their website, has no real surprises but seems to point to a looming release date. We do have to ask, with all this Essex this and Essex that talk, are you going to pull the trigger on a BlackBerry Tour?

Thanks TW!

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BlackBerry Tour OS 4.7.1.53 available now from Verizon Wireless

By on September 18, 2009 at 6:34 PM.

BlackBerry Tour OS 4.7.1.53 available now from Verizon Wireless

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If you didn’t catch the leaked version of 4.7.1.53 that appeared yesterday for the BlackBerry Tour, you’ll be pleased as punch to know that Verizon has officially kicked off the first software maintenance release for the device. The version which we told you about does fix and improve many different aspects of the operating system, yet it’s still not quite perfect. Here’s an official list or change log we put together:

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Alltel launches the BlackBerry Tour

By on August 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM.

Alltel launches the BlackBerry Tour

Alltel customers in divested markets had plenty of cause to be jealous of their Verizon-owned brothers and sisters last month when Big Red launched the BlackBerry Tour 9630. Well, Alltel fans, it’s time to turn that frown upside down — Alltel has just announced the availability of RIM’s latest CDMA handset. The Tour is available immediately in Alltel stores and online for $199 on a 1-year contract after a $100 mail-in rebate. Gotta love that 2-year price on a 1-year contract. You will be required to select a Smart Choice plan, running $69.99 and up, and the Tour is compatible with Alltel’s famous My Circle calling feature. So, divested boys and girls, are you psyched that you can finally get your hands on the Tour or have you already moved on to daydreaming about the Storm 2?

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Lightning round with Bell's BlackBerry Tour 9630

By on July 22, 2009 at 3:53 PM.

Lightning round with Bell's BlackBerry Tour 9630

So you read part 1 of our BlackBerry Tour review and then our impressions of Verizon’s BlackBerry Tour, but you’re still too scared to go out and buy one because you live in Canada and aren’t sure how the newest BlackBerry handles life above the 49th. Well it’s time to put your neuroses aside, Canadians, because Bell recently sent a Tour our way just so you crazy Canucks wouldn’t feel left out. So site back, relax and hit the jump to see what’s up with the Bell BlackBerry Tour 9630.

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Still having trouble scoring a BlackBerry Tour from Sprint? The wait is almost over

By on July 17, 2009 at 3:09 PM.

Still having trouble scoring a BlackBerry Tour from Sprint? The wait is almost over

Following a tumultuous start, it looks like Sprint’s troubles with stocking and delivering BlackBerry Tour units are almost over. A series of three posts from Sprint’s twitter account suggest two shipments from RIM should allow the carrier to catch up with “strong demand”. One shipment apparently arrived this week and a second is scheduled for delivery early next week. Those who still haven’t been able to get their hands on RIM’s latest handset will hopefully accept Sprint’s apologies and sit tight for just a short while longer. We’re still not sure why the Tour was listed as in stock earlier this week when customers received backorder notices immediately after placing orders, but our guess is we’ll never know exactly what went wrong. The bottom line is these two Tour shipments should take care of everyone still waiting to snag a unit.

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U.S. Cellular rebate sheet reveals upcoming handsets

By on July 17, 2009 at 9:07 AM.

U.S. Cellular rebate sheet reveals upcoming handsets

U.S. Cellular subscribers have plenty to be excited about this morning as we’re pointed to a brand new rebate sheet about to take affect. In short, your current hit or miss selection of handsets is about to get a whole lot more hit and a whole lot less miss. Highlights:

  • HTC Touch Pro2
  • Blackberry Tour
  • HTC Snap
  • Motorola W845
  • Motorola Crush
  • LG UX310 (replaces the UX300)
  • LG UX700

We already scooped the UX700 back in June but the highlights here have to be the always-sexy HTC Touch Pro2 and the ever-popular BlackBerry Tour 9630. As for when all these new phones might drop, we all know that a rebate sheet is hardly a solid time line — especially considering the validity period of this particular rebate sheet is 07/17/2009 – 11/12/2009. Unfortunately the only safe bet is to say all these handsets will be on store shelves at some point before the holidays. Hit the jump to check out the sheet in its entirety.

Thanks, TW!

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Subscribers fume over what has become yet another bungled Sprint launch

By on July 15, 2009 at 5:20 PM.

Subscribers fume over what has become yet another bungled Sprint launch

Why can’t Sprint launch a handset? That’s the question countless subscribers are asking themselves as the release of the BlackBerry Tour 9630 continues to look more and more like a paper launch. A fair number of people who ordered the handset have received it by now and many were able to snag a unit at retail locations, but it seems that for every happy new Tour owner there are three enraged subscribers looking for answers. At this point, you can’t find a Sprint or BlackBerry forum without reading post after post from people fuming over the bungled Tour launch. Since July 12th, the official launch date, we’ve also received countless emails from Sprint subscribers venting their frustrations and recounting various horror stories. The consensus among them: Sprint can’t launch a handset to save its life — or business, as it were.

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TELUS launches the BlackBerry Tour, HTC Snap and Touch Pro2 coming soon

By on July 13, 2009 at 3:20 PM.

TELUS launches the BlackBerry Tour, HTC Snap and Touch Pro2 coming soon

And just like that, yet another carrier has officially jumped in on the BlackBerry Tour action — today the honors belonging to Canada’s TELUS. The carrier is willing to let anyone and everyone get their hands on the latest sexy number from RIM provided they’re cool with dropping $229.99 and signing off on a 3-year deal. But don’t worry, those of you who are contractaphobes or just like to spend cash like it’s going out of style, because the Tour can be bought off-contract for $599.99. In other news related to the green carrier from North of the 49th, the HTC Snap and Touch Pro2 have officially been announced as coming soon. This means it’s likely that all is indeed set for the 15th and 21st of July respectively. However, considering that the TELUS launch date of the Tour has been pushed up by two days in response to Bell’s earlier than expected launch, we wouldn’t be surprised to see things for the Snap or Pro2 change at the last moment as well.

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BlackBerry Tour 9630 on sale today from Sprint and Verizon

By on July 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM.

BlackBerry Tour 9630 on sale today from Sprint and Verizon

For over a year the BlackBerry Tour 9630 has been front and center on oh so many of your minds and now, CDMA-bound BlackBerry fans, it’s finally here. Both Verizon and Sprint have made the anticipated handset available this morning and it’s time for you to put your money where your unending comments mouth is and snag one. We think you’ve earned it. Just let us know how you like it and perhaps more importantly, how the inventory is holding up.

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BlackBerry Tour hits up Bell… tomorrow!

By on July 10, 2009 at 2:22 PM.

BlackBerry Tour hits up Bell… tomorrow!

Ready for some good news and some bad news, Canadians? The good is that Bell has pulled an ace out of its sleeve and announced it will begin selling the BlackBerry Tour tomorrow, July 11th, for $249.95 CAD on a 3-year contract ($699.95 contract-free). The bad news? Supplies are likely to be somewhat limited for the first few days and many dealers won’t have a single device on hand. The launch had been scheduled for the 17th as per Bell’s announcement, but apparently sticking it to TELUS where the sun (and its Tour) don’t shine is a bit more important than actually having phones on hand to sell to customers. Isn’t spite exciting?

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BlackBerry Tour Review: Part 2

By on July 7, 2009 at 4:39 PM.

BlackBerry Tour Review: Part 2

My, my, what a long road we’ve traveled. We’re back at it just like we promised. We combed through the BlackBerry Tour we had a while ago, but now that we have a Verizon unit in hand it’s a whole new ball game. We’re writing this review without looking at or referring to the previous Part 1 we did, so if some of it is a little similar in some places, it’s just because those parts of the device have not changed. Read on to get a glimpse of what we thought about the BlackBerry Tour for Verizon!

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Best Buy to offer the TELUS BlackBerry Tour for $229

By on July 7, 2009 at 3:17 PM.

Best Buy to offer the TELUS BlackBerry Tour for $229

We appreciate the fact that many people are sick and tired of all of the coverage the BlackBerry Tour has received lately but the fact is there are tons of people eager to get their hands on a modern CDMA BlackBerry with a QWERTY keypad. Both TELUS and Bell are going to be carrying the Tour as we know, with TELUS offering it for $249.99 as of July 15th — kind of a steep price considering a 3-year contract is required. So for those who are looking to save any amount of money up front on the device, we recommend checking out Best Buy where the Tour is $20 cheaper compared to TELUS’ direct price. It’s not much but every penny counts these days.

Thanks, Ed!

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