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BlackBerry OS 6 Hybrids for Bold 9000, 9700, Storm 9500, Tour 9600, Curve 8900 and 8500


A BlackBerry OS hybrid takes the best of the various OS builds and puts them into a single load. Sometimes an OS version will have a faster browser or menu navigation, and someone capable of building a hybrid OS can extract that app/file and run it on a different OS base. A hybrid OS will also tend to remove extra files that aren’t needed, allowing the device to run a little smoother. The hybrid OS world is something unique to BlackBerry, and it’s something that every BlackBerry user can enjoy getting in to. The average user tends to avoid hybrid builds because they’re not official and can sometimes lead to critical failures. You have to be comfortable enough loading a new OS on your device and restoring a nuked BlackBerry in order to really enjoy the process.

Today, hybrids were released using BlackBerry OS 6 files from the BlackBerry Clamshell 9670 and compiled into a hybrid for the BlackBerry Bold 9000, 9700, Storm 9500, Tour 9600, Curve 8900 and 8500. We have been testing the hybrids on several devices, the first of which was the Bold 9000. The Bold 9000 probably won’t be getting OS 6 so it looks like a hybrid might be the closest that users will get to trying it out, unless of course they update their hardware. Click after the jump to see screenshots and details of what applications were extracted for this OS 6 hybrid. In general, the builds are really smooth and if you haven’t tried out the hybrid world, give it a shot. You will have a new appreciation for what it’s like using an “open” platform like BlackBerry.
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Unsupported BlackBerry Storm and Tours on T-Mobile Losing Service


A lot of users are reporting that their BlackBerry Storm and Tours are no longer running on the T-Mobile network, and some have asked us to republish this story. Currently, T-Mobile does not support the Storm or Tour, but some users are running unlocked devices on the network. While many users are suggesting this is an attempt to lock out unsupported devices on the network, the real reason is probably much more simple. What likely happened is that the service books that allow certain devices to run on the T-Mobile network were updated improperly, killing a subset of devices. Stay tuned because they’ll like solve this issue shortly.

Bell BlackBerry Tour 9630 now available for $249.95 on 3 year contract


Bell has officially announced the BlackBerry Tour 9630! The Tour is the latest BlackBerry device and it operates on both EVDO and HSPA high speed networks globally. The device is now available to purchase online and will be available at Bell Mobility stores nationally starting July 11th.

Want to know more about the BlackBerry Tour? Check out our review of the TELUS Tour 9630.

Click through for the full press release

TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 review, pics and comparisons


I’ve been playing around with the BlackBerry Tour 9630 on TELUS and I’ve put together my impressions, pics and some Bold and 8900 comparison points. This BlackBerry Tour is not a commercial unit, so while it’s running final code, it didn’t come with all the branded packaging - not that you would really care.

In general, this device is where the Curve 8900 meets the Bold. This is indicative of RIM’s latest device strategy of making hybrids to satisfy a gray area of customers, while working on the the more evolutionary devices which take longer to produce. This strategy is summed up as follows:

“You may not love every BlackBerry released by RIM, but rest assured there is a BlackBerry for everyone.”

Now let’s take a deeper look at this device.
Click through to see details and pics of the TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630

TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 to launch July 15th


The TELUS BlackBerry Tour 9630 is rumored to hit shelves July 15th for $249.99 on a 3-year contract.

What do you think of the pricing? It’s always expensive to be an early adopter, but at least the Tour isn’t as rich as the Bold when it first launched.


(Rumor) Verizon to officially announce BlackBerry Tour



There’s a rumor going around that Verizon will be announcing the BlackBerry Tour tomorrow with a release date. This could be in response to the fact that Sprint has officially confirmed the device, and Verizon doesn’t want to lose any customers switching for the device.

Currently, the sign up page for the device is live so if you register to get a preorder notice, they’ll surely email you tomorrow to confirm this rumor is true or not.

Cross your fingers!