Verizon Introduces BlackBerry Bold 9650 Worldphone

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The BlackBerry Bold 9650 is now available from Verizon Wireless. This high-end smartphone — the successor for the BlackBerry Tour — offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a GPS receiver, and is one of Verizon’s few models that can make phone calls in the U.S. and abroad.

The carrier is now taking orders for the Bold 9650 on its website. It will be in Verizon retail stores next Thursday, June 10.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 from VerizonThe smartphone is selling for $150 with a two-year service contract and a $100 mail-in rebate.

Sprint introduced this smartphone two week ago for $200 with contact.

Overview of the BlackBerry Bold 9650
The Bold 9650 has the typical BlackBerry tablet shape with a 2.45-inch 480 x 360 display above an optical trackpad and a small, but complete keyboard.

Naturally Verizon’s version supports the carrier’s voice and 3G data network, but is also one of its few worldphones, since it is able to make calls and connect to high-speed data networks outside of the U.S.

The model also offers Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth, and Push To Talk.

It runs BlackBerry OS 5 and include a suite of software for email, Web access, calendar and contacts, as well as business and entertainment applications and location-based services.

This device’s 3.2 megapixel camera offers a flash, variable zoom, image stabilization, auto-focus and video recording. Verizon is also offering a version without a camera.

The Bold 9650 includes a microSD slot and is bundled with a 2 GB card, which can be easily removed and replaced with one that has up to 32 GB of capacity.

BlackBerry Bold 9650 ReviewOther features include a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, a GPS receiver, and a 1400 mAh battery. 

Overall, it is 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and weighs 4.8 ounces.

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