The Tour replaces the BlackBerry Curve as the go-to QWERTY workhorse with a better browser and RIM’s newish App Store. As the Curve was the best-selling smartphone in the U.S. last quarter, we imagine the Tour will do well, too.
Sprint says it will charge $200 for the phone after rebates, with a 2-year contract. We assume Verizon will charge the same. The Tour will work on CDMA networks in the U.S. and GSM/3G networks abroad — expensive roaming fees not included.
Here’s RIM’s list of highlights:
Additional highlights of the BlackBerry Tour include:
Strikingly vivid 480 x 360 display and large, highly tactile, full-QWERTY keyboard
Sleek form factor with chic black finish and chrome highlights
3.2 MP camera with flash, variable zoom, image stabilisation, autofocus and video recording
Built-in GPS capabilities with support for geotagging, BlackBerry® Maps and other location based applications and services
256MB Flash memory and expandable memory via hot swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot
Premium phone features including voice activated dialling, enhanced background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth (2.0) support
Support for BlackBerry App World
Support for RIM’s industry-leading messaging services
Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery for 5 hours of talk time and 14 days of standby time