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BlackBerry Tour2 9650 Coming to Verizon and Sprint

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BBleaks and CrackBerry members have found the SKU’s for the upcoming BlackBerry Tour2 9650. The device is going to be just like the Tour 9630, but with WiFi and a trackpad. There may be some memory and processor improvements, but we won’t know until closer to launch. If we went by previous SKU leaks, for example with the 9550, we saw the SKU about 2-3 months before launch. So maybe we’ll see this device launch mid-March to early April.

More pics of the BlackBerry Tour2 9650 emerge

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BGR has posted some pics of the upcoming BlackBerry Tour2 9650 from Verizon. There are a few improvements on this device over its predecessor including WiFi, a trackpad, a faster processor (possibly the one used in the Storm2) and it seems the side buttons are rubberized.

Personally, I’m wondering if the Tour2 9650 will support OpenGL. We know that CDMA devices with the appropriate hardware requirements will support OpenGL, so perhaps this device falls in that category.

My favorite pics comparing the original Tour and the Tour2 after the jump

Sprint launches the BlackBerry Curve 8530

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Sprint let us know that they have launched the BlackBerry Curve 8530 and it’s available and ready for purchase in time for the holidays. You can purchase through Sprint retail, online, telephone at 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales for $49.99 on new-line activations or eligible upgrades with a two-year service agreement, after a $50 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate.

Check out our review of the BlackBerry Curve 8530.

RIM has isolated and resolved the BIS outage

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The WSJ is reporting that RIM has isolated and resolved the BIS issue that affected some BlackBerry customers this morning.

“Some customers may still experience delays as email queues are processed,” RIM said in an emailed statement. “RIM is continuing to investigate the cause of the issue and apologizes for any inconvenience.”

According to a Sprint spokeswoman, Crystal Davis, the outage was caused when something went awry during a maintenance check. She goes on to say the outage began at 3AM and even though users were experiencing delays in receiving emails, BBM was not affected.

Anyone still experiencing slow email on BIS?

BlackBerry Curve 8530 and more to support OpenGL

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The BlackBerry Curve 8530, which has been announced from Sprint, will come with OpenGL support. This is going to be huge for the device as it will bring some really slick applications which compelling UIs and 3D graphics.

The news comes as we recently got clarification from RIM that CDMA devices with OS 5 and the latest Qualcomm chipsets, will all ship with OpenGL support.

So not only will you be able to get the 8530 in Black, Royal Purple and Red, but it looks like you will also be able to get some awesome games like Super Monkey Ball (not confirmed).

Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530 announced and preloaded with App World

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The Sprint BlackBerry 8530 has been announced by Sprint and while we don’t have pricing and release dates yet, there is still some interesting news embedded in the press release.

According to the press release, “Sprint’s BlackBerry Curve 8530 will offer BlackBerry App World for instant access to thousands of applications. Sprint has employed an open Internet approach, and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers, since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.”

These two statements are vague but seem to suggest that Sprint will be offering both App World, and their Sprint branded content. Sprint isn’t saying much about how they will offer BlackBerry App World, but hopefully it will come fully preinstalled. Sprint is also very vague about how they will deploy content created in their Application Developer Program. Ideally, it would go into App World, but it’s more likely it will be made for preload. Overall, I’m hoping carriers stop trying to compete with App World and just let it be the place where BlackBerry users go to get all their apps.

In any case, the 8530 will come in Black, Royal Purple and Red. Sprint will also be offering an All You Can Eat data plan for $69.99 per month.