Sprint has announced plans to offer the BlackBerry Tour, a smartphone that will work in the U.S. and in countries around the world.
Its personal capabilities are going to include access to social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. It will also allow users to share pictures and videos via MMS, and instant message on popular services or BlackBerry Messenger.
For business users, the Tour will provide access to emails with attachments, calendar, contacts, business applications, and location-based services.
The BlackBerry Tour will have a tablet shape, with an HVGA (480 x 360) display, trackball, and full-QWERTY keyboard.
It will include a 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, auto focus, flash and image stabilization, while users will be able to store up to 16 GB of data with a microSD/SDHC card (sold separately).
This BlackBerry will operate on Sprint’s mobile broadband (EV-DO Rev. A) network, but will also roam on other high-speed 3G wireless networks around the globe for voice and email service. When roaming, it will offer 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as support for 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA networks.
The outer casing will be 4.4 in. by 2.4 in. by 0.6 in. (112 mm x 62 mm x 14.2 mm), and its weight will be 4.6 oz. (130 g).
Pricing & Availability
The BlackBerry Tour will be available at Sprint stores and www.sprint.com later this summer. It will sell for $200 with a two-year service agreement, $50 instant rebate, and $100 mail-in rebate.
For more information on this smartphone, visit www.blackberry.com/tour