BlackBerry Tour2 9650 Renamed BlackBerry Bold 9650

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Mobilitysite got an email from a friend at RIM saying that the Tour 9650 is going to be launched as the Bold 9650. This is definitely a strange occurrence and it makes you wonder what’s required for something to be a part of the Bold series. Does RIM just throw these names around as they please or are there a set of standards that need to be met?

According to the email:

“Some Verizon stores did get the 9650. They were sent back for “updates”. Verizon won’t release the 9650 until the official OS 5.0 arrives for the Tour 9630. The Sprint 9650’s are having WiFi issues and Sprint is working that out. It won’t be called the Tour 2. It’s the Bold 9650.”

I can confirm that the Tour name is being dropped for Bold. If I had to guess as to why, it’s probably more to do with marketing than it is for technical reasons.

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  • bigrick92
    when will the bold 9650 be arriving in Canada?
  • David
    I hope the new Tour (2), will have the same form factor as the Bold 9700. The original tour is too bloated for my taste.
  • David
    I hope the new Tour (2), will have the same form factor as the Bold 9700. The original tour is too bloated for my taste.
  • Eric at Ebscer
    There is really little difference between the 9650 and the 9700, as such this renaming does make sense and simplifies the BlackBerry lineup significantly.

    SureType = Pearl
    Touch Screen = Storm
    low end = Curve
    high end = Bold
  • Eric at Ebscer
    There is really little difference between the 9650 and the 9700, as such this renaming does make sense and simplifies the BlackBerry lineup significantly.

    SureType = Pearl
    Touch Screen = Storm
    low end = Curve
    high end = Bold
  • artie
    I agree with you. Another question, I can't seem to login, forgot my password and there is no place here for retreival. Know anything about this?
  • Greg
    I'd rather them get it right then rush it out like they did the original Tour. Take your time and release a great phone RIM!
  • artie
    I agree with you. Another question, I can't seem to login, forgot my password and there is no place here for retreival. Know anything about this?
  • Greg
    I'd rather them get it right then rush it out like they did the original Tour. Take your time and release a great phone RIM!
  • artie
    I don't care what they call it just release it soon.
  • artie
    I don't care what they call it just release it soon.
  • Blair Cook
    And Sprint's WiFi issues (on which phone?) effect the roll out of 5.0 to Verizon 9630's how?
  • Blair Cook
    And Sprint's WiFi issues (on which phone?) effect the roll out of 5.0 to Verizon 9630's how?
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