BBleaks have found OS 188.8.131.520 for the Tour 9630 which is an awesome leap forward. I haven’t tried it out yet for myself, but I’d be interested to see if there are any significant performance improvements.
The BlackBerry Niagara, now called the BlackBerry Tour, is rumored to hit Verizon in July. Pricing is expected to be $199 with a 2 year contract as well.
If this device is going to be announced at WES, it would be a considerable wait from announcement to release. Keep in mind that delays are always expected and mid-July to August is just as likely.
In any case, if you’re on Verizon, get ready for a sweet device launch this summer!
The BlackBerry Niagara 9630 now has an official name and it’s the BlackBerry Tour 9630. The device is likely to be promoted alongside the U2 360 Tour which RIM is sponsoring.
The leaks come from a BGR tipster who says the device is to be released in early summer. Also of note, the Web addresses BlackBerry9630.com and BlackBerryTour.com are not only tied to the same IP address, they were both registered on the same day.
What do you think of the new name?
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T3 is a tech magazine that is reporting that RIM and T-Mobile are “holding a mystery joint event tonight” where the BlackBerry Niagara 9630 will be announced. It could be true that the event will demo the phone to certain parties and give them a first look, but I doubt it will be a public announcement. It would make more sense for RIM to announce the device at a conference such as WES 2009.
The BlackBerry Niagara 9630 has been spotted on none other than Niagara street. The photos taken of this device are great. Normally when these pics hit the internet, they’re of really poor quality and don’t really show you what the device looks like. In these pics, we get a really good look at the device and I’m loving it.
Click through to see another pic of the BlackBerry Niagara
BGR is spreading rumors again and since they’re usually pretty accurate in hindsight, I’ll repost. During WES 2009 (May 5 to 7 in Orlando, Florida), there are a few rumors we can expect to possibly come to fruition.
The first rumor surrounds the launch of the AT&T 8900 Curve. This rumor is backed by the fact that AT&T has pushed out the service books for the device, which is usually an indication of a coming launch.
Also expect the announcement of the BlackBerry Niagara 9630. The device, as seen in CB’s recent video and impressions post, is a slick looking device with dual-band 1xRTT/EV-DO from the CDMA side, quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and a 2100MHz band of UMTS/HSDPA from the GSM side. The device is expected to launch in Canada late May/early June with a Verizon launch some time around June/July.
We may also see BES 5.0 get just about ready to be released. Along with this announcement, we may also see RIM come clean about OS 5.0, even though the Internet has already gotten its hands on it.
The final two rumors are sketchy but we can all hope they’ll come true. RIM might be showcasing an LTE BlackBerry device at WES. The device will likely not be available for trial, but will just be there to show that RIM is working on such a device. Nonetheless, it will be great to get confirmation that this is in the works.
Last but not least, it seems RIM might announce they’re working on a device with a 1 GHz processor. The device wouldn’t be available for 9-12 months, but it would surely be a hot item for both consumer and enterprise.