BlackBerry Tour 9630 Enters Business Smartphone Race


The Blackberry Tour 9630 will hit stores this summer. The new 3G phone, which is compatible with overseas networks, will use Sprint and Verizon networks. It joins the Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS, Samsung Jet, and Nokia E72 in this summer’s business smartphone arms race. Slashgear has more:

After months of leaks regarding the handset, Sprint has announced that they will be offering the BlackBerry Tour. Packed with EVDO Rev.A and 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, the Tour also has 2100MHz UMTS/HSPA and quadband GSM for international roaming use; it’s expected to arrive “later this summer” in the US.

Other specifications include an HVGA 480 x 360 display, microSD card slot content with up to 16GB cards, and a full QWERTY keyboard. No WiFi, but there’s Bluetooth and GPS, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack; Sprint also load the Tour with their music store, mobile TV, NFL and NASCAR apps.

There’s also Facebook, MySpace and Flickr integration, IM and MMS support. Specific release dates are yet to be confirmed, but the Sprint BlackBerry Tour will be priced at $199.99 after $150 of rebates (part mail-in, part instant).

If you’re confounded about which smartphone to buy, here are some reviews that might help:

–PCWorld compares the BlackBerry Tour with the new Nokia E72 here.

–CNet reviews the iPhone 3GS here.

–Gizmodo reviews the Palm Pre here.

–ZDNet reviews the Samsung Jet here.

Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

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