Sprint is now taking orders for the BlackBerry Bold 9650, a high-end smartphone that is the successor to the BlackBerry Tour. This device offers Wi-Fi, GPS, and is one of Sprint's few models that can make phone calls in the U.S. and abroad.
It is available now on Sprint's website for $200 with a new or renewed two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate. To purchase, most customers are required to have an Everything Data plan or a Business Advantage Messaging and Data plan.
Naturally, it support Sprint's voice and 3G data network, but is also able to make calls and connect to high-speed data networks outside of the U.S.
This model also offers Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
It runs BlackBerry OS 5, and comes with a suite of software for email, Web access, calendar, and contacts, as well as business and entertainment applications and location-based services.
The 9650's 3.2 megapixel camera offers a flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, auto-focus, and video recording.
It includes a microSD slot and is bundled with a 2 GB card, but this can be easily removed and replaced with one that has up to 32 GB of capacity.
Other features include a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack and a 1400 mAh battery.
Overall, the smartphone is 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and 4.8 oz.
Verizon is also expected to offer the BlackBerry Bold 9650, but has not yet officially announced this.
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