Verizon Wireless and Sprint both launched the BlackBerry Tour today. This smartphone from RIM offers support for both CDMA and GSM networks, making the phone compatible with various networks around the world. The Tour operates on Verizon’s and Sprint’s EVDO Rev. A mobile broadband networks and can also roam on other high speed HDSPA networks. When roaming, the phone offers 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as support for 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks.
The Tour offers a variety of business and personal features that take advantage of these high-speed capabilities. Personal features include access to social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. Users can also share pictures and videos via MMS and instant message. Business users will appreciate the Tour’s support for push email, calendar, contacts, business applications, and location-based services.
On the hardware side, the Tour offers an HVGA (480 x 360) display, trackball, and a full QWERTY keyboard. It also has a 3.2MP camera, GPS receiver, Bluetooth, and a microSD/SDHC expansion slot. The phone is similar in style to the BlackBerry Bold and the BlackBerry Curve 8900, though it’s slightly smaller, measuring approximately 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and weighing approximately 4.6 ounces.
Other key features of the BlackBerry Tour smartphone include:
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