As you may already know, the BlackBerry Tour, on both Verizon and Sprint, went on sale today and there has been a lot of buzz surronding its release. Many Verizon subscribers see the Tour as a reprieve from the keyboard-less BlackBerry Storm that, up until recently, had more than its fair share of problems. Sprint users are just glad to see a new BlackBerry… It’s been well over a year since the BlackBerry Curve was released on Sprint.
The BlackBerry Tour, unlike any BlackBerry that has come before it, will have massive appeal to both corporate and consumer BlackBerry users alike. The Tour is a World Phone and has a ton of horsepower as far as BlackBerrys go. It also has all the “cool factor” of any consumer oriented BlackBerry to come before it and, at $199, won’t break the bank.
I am not saying that the BlackBerry Tour will be the fastest selling BlackBerry ever. Verizon alone sold massive numbers of BlackBerry Curve 8330 devices when they ran that BOGO sale. I am saying, however, that when you combine corporate and consumer appeal, an attractive price point, and simultaneous launch on multiple carriers, that this is probably not a bad formula to give a good run at it.
What do you think?
My guess is that the Tour will do very well. I am required to use a BlackBerry 8800 at my place of employment and look forward to upgrading to the cameraless Tour. I do believe that an equally if not more important question to ask is if the BlackBerry Tour will sell better than the iPhone? I don’t believe it even has an outside chance. Probably will outsell the Pre though if that is any consolation.
RIM might sell quite a few but….
No since the BB Tour is only being sold by cdma networks, the BB Tour will not “be the fastest selling BlackBerry ever.”
GSM Blackberry’s (using standard, open, global, GSM technology) is where the volume is at for RIM, and all other handset manufactures.
Will big red cripple the Tour’s autonomous gps?
The BB Tour is missing technology which industry standard in smartphones WiFi.
Amazon is selling the Tour for $99. What’s the catch?
Do you have a link?
You must sign up to a multi-year service agreement…
It is highly unlikely that it will be the fastest selling BlackBerry. If you look at it this way, all those people that bought Curves with BOGO deal are not likely to get a Tour. Why? Because their contracts were most likely just extended, and since they took advantage of a BOGO deal it is highly unlikely that they have money to pay for the full price. The Curve has been with both Verizon and Sprint for a little over a year, and most of those people are under a contract. By the time those contracts expire a new BlackBerry device will come out for both Verizon and Sprint.
The same thing will happen with corporate users. I know my employer is definitely not getting us new BlackBerry devices due to the economy. I highly doubt that many companies will be upgrading phones, especially the ones that have hundreds, thousands of employees who are issued BlackBerry devices.
I got my Tour Sunday…I have been a Blackberry user for over 6 years, and the Tour has been very impressive. My wife got the Storm last December and even as a first time user, she had to take it back and exchange for a curve within 30 days. She loves the Curve…but when she saw and played with the Tour…she wants one, too.
I like the BlackBerry Tour 9630 smart phone. The qwerty keyboard makes typing a real fun. Its a real black beauty. The RIM Blackberry tour 9630 is pack with the package of a load of accessories including a travel charger, three international adapters, a USB cable etc. For more details refer http://www.etechreviews.net/review-of-rim-blackberry-tour-9630-smartphone-verizon-wireless
Any Tour users out there that want to give a review? I use a Curve on VZW that is a bit over a year old and is starting to misbehave. I may need a new BB and am considering another Curve, a Tour or a Storm. Any preferences? I use it for work as my phone and send a lot of email on it. Thanks!