BlackBerry Tour2 codenamed BlackBerry essex details and video

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As usual, CrackBerry Kevin overshadows a new device launch with video of an unreleased BlackBerry. Gotta love it. The BlackBerry Tour2 9650, codenamed essex, is nothing spectacular, and is just the Tour 9630 with a trackpad and WiFi.

This must be incredibly frustrating for those who bought the Tour 9630. It just goes to show that you pay a high price for being an early adopter. If I had to blame someone for this, it would be the carriers. I’m sure RIM would love to have released the Tour with WiFi, but the greedy carriers knew that early adopters burn through significantly more data than your average user, and withholding WiFi is a quick way to make cash. Now that the early adopters have been tapped, carriers are comfortable releasing the WiFi version for everyone else.

No word on pricing or a release date yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

  • Gil

    “I’m sure RIM would love to have released the Tour with WiFi, but the greedy carriers knew that early adopters burn through significantly more data than your average user, and withholding WiFi is a quick way to make cash.”

    The strange thing is how that doesn’t make sense from Verizon’s POV. If I’m at home using my Blackberry to check e-mail, I’m wasting Verizon’s network bandwidth when I could very well just be using my own home WiFi. I’m obviously going to try to connect with WiFi when I can; it’s faster. And Verizon doesn’t win by keeping me from WiFi; I already pay an Unlimited charge and they get to keep bandwidth usage down when I don’t use their network.

  • Gil

    “I’m sure RIM would love to have released the Tour with WiFi, but the greedy carriers knew that early adopters burn through significantly more data than your average user, and withholding WiFi is a quick way to make cash.”

    The strange thing is how that doesn’t make sense from Verizon’s POV. If I’m at home using my Blackberry to check e-mail, I’m wasting Verizon’s network bandwidth when I could very well just be using my own home WiFi. I’m obviously going to try to connect with WiFi when I can; it’s faster. And Verizon doesn’t win by keeping me from WiFi; I already pay an Unlimited charge and they get to keep bandwidth usage down when I don’t use their network.

  • http://twitter.com/kekil Cec

    I’m with Gil on this one. I don’t understand how carriers win much if anything on this. Unless you’re talking about new subscribers coming over to Sprint or Verizon simply for the Tour.

  • http://twitter.com/kekil Cec

    I’m with Gil on this one. I don’t understand how carriers win much if anything on this. Unless you’re talking about new subscribers coming over to Sprint or Verizon simply for the Tour.

  • Dave

    Perhaps they should release the Tour2 as the Tour1.5 since it has nothing spectacular to add.
    Sorry for being so ignorant about WIFI. What’s the big deal? If you have a verizon plan, you automatically get billed for a data plan. I heard AT&T would be doing the same. So i’m not sure where the savings would come in.

  • Dave

    Perhaps they should release the Tour2 as the Tour1.5 since it has nothing spectacular to add.
    Sorry for being so ignorant about WIFI. What’s the big deal? If you have a verizon plan, you automatically get billed for a data plan. I heard AT&T would be doing the same. So i’m not sure where the savings would come in.

  • Andrea

    Will this phone have themes to it? I love how the bold can have themes, it would be great if this phone could. It would be the perfect phone for me.

  • Andrea

    Will this phone have themes to it? I love how the bold can have themes, it would be great if this phone could. It would be the perfect phone for me.

  • Paul Chambers

    Does anyone know if the Tour 2 is any better then the Curve 2? If it’s not much better I’ll just get the Curve 2 since it’s already available. I currently have the Curve 8330 and would like the addition of Wi-Fi. The track pad looks good too.

  • Paul Chambers

    Does anyone know if the Tour 2 is any better then the Curve 2? If it’s not much better I’ll just get the Curve 2 since it’s already available. I currently have the Curve 8330 and would like the addition of Wi-Fi. The track pad looks good too.

  • Paul Chambers

    Does anyone know if the Tour 2 is any better then the Curve 2? If it’s not much better I’ll just get the Curve 2 since it’s already available. I currently have the Curve 8330 and would like the addition of Wi-Fi. The track pad looks good too.

  • crazyphoneguy

    The Curve 2 has a subpar 2.0 megapixel camera. The Tour, and presumably, the Tour 2 should have a 3.2 mp camera. It makes a difference in my opinion.

  • crazyphoneguy

    The Curve 2 has a subpar 2.0 megapixel camera. The Tour, and presumably, the Tour 2 should have a 3.2 mp camera. It makes a difference in my opinion.

  • iwantthetour

    I know that Sprint will begin carrying the Blackberry Tour2, but does anyone know if Verizon will also do this as well? I am debating on whether or not I should wait to get the Blackberry Tour2 if it comes to Verizon.

  • iwantthetour

    I know that Sprint will begin carrying the Blackberry Tour2, but does anyone know if Verizon will also do this as well? I am debating on whether or not I should wait to get the Blackberry Tour2 if it comes to Verizon.

  • gerald mosley

    Can anybody find out when the tour2 is coming out and let me know.

  • gerald mosley

    Can anybody find out when the tour2 is coming out and let me know.

  • Nick

    “If I had to blame someone for this, it would be the carriers. I’m sure RIM would love to have released the Tour with WiFi, but the greedy carriers knew that early adopters burn through significantly more data than your average user, and withholding WiFi is a quick way to make cash.”

    That is the dumbest thing you could possibly say. Wireless carriers prefer you use wifi since it means you’re not racking up use on their network, but still paying the unlimited pricing. Next time do a review, and keep your idiotic opinions out of it.

  • Nick

    “If I had to blame someone for this, it would be the carriers. I’m sure RIM would love to have released the Tour with WiFi, but the greedy carriers knew that early adopters burn through significantly more data than your average user, and withholding WiFi is a quick way to make cash.”

    That is the dumbest thing you could possibly say. Wireless carriers prefer you use wifi since it means you’re not racking up use on their network, but still paying the unlimited pricing. Next time do a review, and keep your idiotic opinions out of it.

  • Larry

    when is the tour 2 coming out

  • Larry

    when is the tour 2 coming out

  • Jon

    I currently have the BB on Verizon Curve and am eligable for upgrade… I can get the tour 1 for less than $70. Does anyone know when the Tour 2 is coming out? Is it worth waiting? Does anyone know if the call quality will be better? Will the batthery life be better?? THANK YOU!!

  • Jon

    I currently have the BB on Verizon Curve and am eligable for upgrade… I can get the tour 1 for less than $70. Does anyone know when the Tour 2 is coming out? Is it worth waiting? Does anyone know if the call quality will be better? Will the batthery life be better?? THANK YOU!!

  • Gabe

    i don’t see the point of bb tour , why it is necessary if the blackberry 9700 exists, 9700 has everything and I rather had a 8900 than a tour or wait for the new curve with trackpad , somebody can explain me the point of the tour series?

  • Gabe

    i don’t see the point of bb tour , why it is necessary if the blackberry 9700 exists, 9700 has everything and I rather had a 8900 than a tour or wait for the new curve with trackpad , somebody can explain me the point of the tour series?

  • http://paulchambers.me/ Paul

    Gabe – The Tour (and now Tour 2) is the closest thing to the Bold 9700 that Verizon has available. I agree with you 100% that the 9700 has everything! If it was available for Verizon I would have it in a second! However, they do not and AT&T’s service is pretty bad. That’s not just me saying that. Consumer Reports rated them dead last in all categories.

    More importantly for me, my company pays for my phone and my plan and they are on Verizon. I was on AT&T with my iPhone prior to getting my Blackberry and Sprint prior to that. I wouldn’t even consider T-Mobile since they are dead every where I spend the most time in Los Angeles, including my home. Verizon is hands down the best service provider I have ever had.

    I get service in basements, elevators and parking garages. I am always able to reach customer service within a short time and they have consistently handled my issues to my satisfaction.

    The moment Verizon gets the Bold I will have it. In the mean time, the Tour 2 is the best we can do. I currently have the 8330 so I am personally very excited for the Tour 2 to come out!

  • http://paulchambers.me/ Paul

    Gabe – The Tour (and now Tour 2) is the closest thing to the Bold 9700 that Verizon has available. I agree with you 100% that the 9700 has everything! If it was available for Verizon I would have it in a second! However, they do not and AT&T’s service is pretty bad. That’s not just me saying that. Consumer Reports rated them dead last in all categories.

    More importantly for me, my company pays for my phone and my plan and they are on Verizon. I was on AT&T with my iPhone prior to getting my Blackberry and Sprint prior to that. I wouldn’t even consider T-Mobile since they are dead every where I spend the most time in Los Angeles, including my home. Verizon is hands down the best service provider I have ever had.

    I get service in basements, elevators and parking garages. I am always able to reach customer service within a short time and they have consistently handled my issues to my satisfaction.

    The moment Verizon gets the Bold I will have it. In the mean time, the Tour 2 is the best we can do. I currently have the 8330 so I am personally very excited for the Tour 2 to come out!

  • http://paulchambers.me Paul

    Gabe – The Tour (and now Tour 2) is the closest thing to the Bold 9700 that Verizon has available. I agree with you 100% that the 9700 has everything! If it was available for Verizon I would have it in a second! However, they do not and AT&T’s service is pretty bad. That’s not just me saying that. Consumer Reports rated them dead last in all categories.

    More importantly for me, my company pays for my phone and my plan and they are on Verizon. I was on AT&T with my iPhone prior to getting my Blackberry and Sprint prior to that. I wouldn’t even consider T-Mobile since they are dead every where I spend the most time in Los Angeles, including my home. Verizon is hands down the best service provider I have ever had.

    I get service in basements, elevators and parking garages. I am always able to reach customer service within a short time and they have consistently handled my issues to my satisfaction.

    The moment Verizon gets the Bold I will have it. In the mean time, the Tour 2 is the best we can do. I currently have the 8330 so I am personally very excited for the Tour 2 to come out!

  • macjunkie88

    i have the tour. ive read reviews of the tour2 and GSM vs CDMA…..from what i have read, Verizon has such good coverage, and the data is so fast, that with an unlimited data plan, you really dont need wifi. so i will stay happy with my 9630

  • macjunkie88

    i have the tour. ive read reviews of the tour2 and GSM vs CDMA…..from what i have read, Verizon has such good coverage, and the data is so fast, that with an unlimited data plan, you really dont need wifi. so i will stay happy with my 9630