We have just heard from one of our Verizon Wireless sources, and it is probably going to make BlackBerry lovers a wee bit happy. More →
Well, well, well. Looks like Verizon might get beaten to the punch when it comes to the release of the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Bold 9650. A leaked screenshot of a Sprint hotsheet has some believing that the device might just land on the Now Network on the 16th of May, a few days ahead of Big Red. Of course with nothing being official there’s no guarantees of anything, but we’re really hoping we’re in for a simultaneous release on both networks just like we did with the Bold’s predecessor, the Tour 9630. More →
We know there’s a big Apple iPhone announcement looming over, but that still shouldn’t stop some of those Verizon faithfuls from getting excited over brand new devices, right? We’ve scored shots of the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and LG Fathom making its way into Verizon’s internal systems. Most of you know all about the 9650, but the Fathom VS750, is a global Windows Phone with a QWERTY slider, 3.2″ WVGA display and 3.2 megapixel shooter. Couple this discovery with Verizon’s teaser that went out about six new devices coming, we should probably assume that the wait is almost over folks. Hit the break for a shot of the Fathom resting easy in Big Red’s system. More →
We haven’t been able to independently verify this in any way, but nonetheless we thought we’d share it with everyone as it makes a lot of sense. One our of Verizon connects hit us up last night and let us know what they’ve heard are five of the six upcoming handsets VZW was teasing about yesterday: the HTC Incredible, LG VS750, Microsoft’s “Pure” and “Turtle” and the Samsung Reality. As we mentioned, our connect isn’t sure what the sixth is, but we’re guessing it could be either the BlackBerry Bold 9650 or even Verizon’s Google Nexus One. Anyone hear otherwise?
One of our connects just dropped this in our inbox, and coincidentally, it looks like it went out internally to a lot of Verizon Wireless employees. What are we betting on? HTC Incredible? BlackBerry Bold 9650? Apple iPad 3GS?
If you’re a BlackBerry user on Sprint you’re probably itching to get a brand new BlackBerry device, you know, seeing as yours is probably outdated already. Well, if you’re looking for a new BlackBerry 9650 or BlackBerry 8230, you might not have to wait too long as they’ve just showed up in Sprint’s order forms. In addition to those two devices making appearances, a Motorola device, the ES400 also shows up too, in addition to the previously seen Palm C40. We’re betting the Motorola device is an Android handset, not a Windows Mobile handset as previously thought. Couple more shots after the break! More →
It looks like our initial report of a May release for the successor to BlackBerry Tour 9630 is spot on, as an internal website where Bank of America employees can order new handsets shows the device listed as coming to Verizon in May. Not only that, but the site also seems to confirm what we and others have been hearing about it being promoted to a full-fledged member of the Bold family. Whether or not the device will keep the model number 9650 is still in question, but can easily see it being Christened as the 9750 in order to keep RIM’s naming conventions in tact. Of course the fact that it looks nearly identical to the Tour 9630 would be just as confusing to some, but at least it’s better than having two different device names sit within the 96xx line. Anyone else thinking this sucker is a due for an official outing at WES? More →
We have two bits of Verizon BlackBerry information for you guys… More →
CrackBerry caught a quick screen shot of the BlackBerry Facebook account attempting to… actually, to be honest, we’re not sure what exactly they are trying to do. The post has been removed, but it read: “The BlackBerry Tour 9650 is coming! Check back soon for official news!” We’re a little perplexed as to why RIM didn’t go with the Tour2, like the Storm2 and why the announcement was made via their Facebook account (and on Apple’s Tablet day?). In any regard, any Tour 9630 owners feel a little shafted by the existence of the 9650? If RIM offered 9630 owners an upgrade — similar to the upgrade offered to Storm 1 owners — would you take it? Trust us, we’re not saying they will… More →
One of our Best Buy connects just let us know that the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is on its way out. More →
We have just received word that Verizon will officially release a 5.0 OS upgrade for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 in “late February / early March.” Anyone want to bet the BlackBerry Tour2 will hit before that?
Good news for Verizon Wireless BlackBerry customers that passed on the Storm 2 and the Curve 8530 in order to wait for the Tour2. The much-awaited BlackBerry 9650 was spotted by a Verizon Wireless employee while browsing through Cellebrite, a system used for transferring contacts from one phone to another. There is no confirmed time frame from when a phone appears in Cellebrtie to when it is launched but, in general, a phone’s appearance in Cellebrite is a good indication that a launch is somewhat imminent, though this isn’t a science and is not foolproof. While you wait for this beautiful BlackBerry to hit the shelves, you can drool over the pictures in our hands-on gallery. More →
What could be better than the original BlackBerry Tour? Well, the BlackBerry Tour2 obviously. We’ve just got a hold of one and will be putting it through our normal thorough review processes, but in the meantime, here are some first impressions:
- Physical size is nearly, if not identical to the original BlackBerry Tour
- The trackpad works great, just as you’d expect
- We guessed the original Tour was slightly underpowered, and we were right. Fortunately the Tour2 seems to use the processor found in the Storm2, and that’s a welcome improvement. In the short time we’ve been using it, there aren’t many slowdowns that we’d normally get on the Tour, and the device feels much more snappy
- The keyboard remains at greatness status
- Wi-Fi works like any other BlackBerry
All in all a much-needed upgrade to keep Verizon and Sprint’s BlackBerry lineup current, and it might even be the device that sways me from my BlackBerry 9700… Photos in the gallery!