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.