The FCC, Federal Communications Commission, has approved the BlackBerry Curve 8520 for sale in the US.
If rumors are true the latest device in the Curve lineup will be launching in July on T-Mobile. The EDGE device will feature 256 MB internal memory, 2MP camera (no flash), a 35 key backlit QWERTY keyboard, WIFI (802.11b/g), and optical trackpad (no more roller ball).
America’s largest 3G network, Verizon Wireless, will be launching the BlackBerry Tour on July 12. The BlackBery 9630 is currently up for pre-orders on the Verizon website. The Tour features Bluetooth, 3.2 MP camera, V CAST Music with Rhapsody (PC and wireless downloads-subscription), VZ Navigator, and Visual Voice Mail. Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Tour without a 3.2 MP camera for companies and organizations that do not allow employees to carry a camera with them.
Pricing for the BlackBerry Tour 9630 (with or without a camera) is below:
2 year term: $199.99 (after $70 online rebate)
1 year term: $269.99 (after $70 online rebate)
On July 31st Virgin Mobile Canada will be making the following changes to their prepaid text messaging add-ons.
$10/month unlimited texting package will increase in price to $15/month
$10/month will now get you only 2500 messages (new add-on plan)
Customer currently on the $10 unlimited text messaging plan will continue paying the current monthly price. If you do not have enough money in your account to cover the grandfathered price you will loose the $10 unlimited texting, one topping up your account you will have to pay $15 for unlimited texting. Incoming messages will remain free on all text messaging plans.
Right behind the release of the LG Rumour 2, the Samsung VICE is now available from Virgin Mobile Canada. Just like most new phones the VICE features a full QWERTY keyboard, 2.0MP camera, and built-in MP3 player.
3 year term: $79.99
2 year term: $129.99
1 year term: $149.99
no term: $149.99
We first spotted the LG Rumour 2 with Virgin Mobile Canada branding on Thursday but with no pricing. Today the Rumour 2 is priced and available for sale.
Rumours are easy to spread with the LG RUMOUR2. Slide out the large, 4-line full QWERTY keyboard with dedicated messaging and you can fire off texts and instant messages faster than ever. Plus you’ll never lose track of a convo again – see your entire chat on your phone with new threaded texting. Plus you can plug into your fave tunes with the full-track music player, connect wirelessly with stereo Bluetooth®, and boost your phone with up to 12GB of expandable memory.
3 year term: $49.99
2 year term: $99.99
1 year term: $129.99
no term: $129.99
Telus is going to release the BlackBerry 9630 Tour on July 15th, according to an e-mail send out to Platinum PERKS members. No official pricing has been announced by rumored pricing is below.
3 year term: $249.99 (promo pricing)
3 year term: $449.99
2 year term: $549.99
1 year term: $599.99
no term: $649.99
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Since you’re a Platinum PERKS client, we want you to be the first to know about the new BlackBerry Tour 9630.
With features like international roaming and the ability to download and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, you can take your life with you – on the go. Snap your own crystal-clear photos along the way with the built-in 3.2 megapixel camera, featuring flash, auto-focus, full screen preview, and geo-tagging capabilities. Plus, the high resolution HVGA screen lets you what streaming video in stunning clarity.
It may be small but size does not matter anyways-right? That is the LG Rumour 2 complete with Virgin Mobile Canada branding. Look for the replacement to the current Rumour (Rumour 1) to be launching along side the Samsung Vice. No word on pricing or a launch date.
So I’m in New York right now and just got back from the Digital Experience show. While not every mobile carrier and manufacturer was there, I still got to see some newer phones; The HTC Hero, Blackberry Tour, Sony Ericsson Satio, Nokia N86 and E72. Please note that there are more pictures at the bottom of the article.
First off is the new HTC Hero. It’s got the same ‘chin’ as the Dream/G1. Apparently the ‘chin’ is meant to cause you to hold the Hero at an angle that will help reduce glare. It’s a solid phone. What’s interesting about it is that it allows you to customize the home screen. Check out this demo:
It also has a 3.5mm headphone jack. While it looks like some headphones might have trouble plugging in, all should work fine (check out the picture below to see what I mean).
Next we have the new Blackberry Tour, here it is next to my Storm. This one is from Sprint, the one on Verizon will have darker chrome on the sides (sorry I forgot to get a picture). This one’s running OS 188.8.131.52
At the Sony Ericsson booth they had the 12.1 megapixel, S60 5th Edition powered Satio. While it’s running beta software it’s still a very slick looking device. Here are some more specs: 3.5″ wide screen screen with 640×360 resolution with up to 16M colours, MicroSDHC card and Xenon flash. I tried the camera and it responds pretty quickly. Here’s a short video showing the UI.
Here is the Nokia N86, it has an OLED display like the N85 but it also has a 8 megapixel autofocus camera. The N86 is also a little easier to hold as I found the N85 tends to slip out of my hands way too easily.
The Nokia e72 is just as slim and sleek as the E71x but it adds a 5 megapixel autofocus camera that doesn’t turn all your pictures purple like the E71′s does plus it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack (hurrah!).
The yellow phone is the Sonim XP3. It’s a ruggedized phone that has a really over-the-top design. It will definitely appeal to the hummer crowd. Check out the back, you need a screw driver to take the battery off (or really thick finger nails).
Summer is almost here and that means holidays are around the corner. This holiday season you can take your Rogers Wireless device with you as you travel the world and not come back to a giant bill waiting in the mail. Introducing Rogers Travel Packs: roaming minutes which are added on a month by month basis that do not require extending your contract.