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Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 Receives End of Life

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The Verizon BlackBerry Tour 9630 (with and without a camera) has been given an End of Life and will be receiving “limited shipments from the vendor”. This is a little surprising as the device is only about a year old. Regardless of what RIM marketing says, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is the updated Tour and it looks like Verizon doesn’t want the first Tour around anymore. It’s really a shame that the original Tour wasn’t launched with a trackpad and WiFi because it would have probably had a longer life cycle.

AAA Revamp Mobile Website and Launch GPS Location Service on Sprint

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AAA have launched a couple of new services that are relevant to BlackBerry users including a revamped mobile site and a GPS service for automatic location detection called FindMe for Sprint customers. From the new mobile site, aaa.mobi, you can view AAA TourBook guide information, find the locations of AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities, Show Your Card and Save retailers and AAA branches offices as well as get driving directions with routing maps.

All newer BlackBerry models with GPS are compatible with the AAA FindMe GPS service. There is no application to download and all you have to do is register your phone number and AAA member number in advance at AAA.com/AAAFindMe. When you place a call for roadside assistance, your GPS location is sent directly to AAA.

OS 5 Adoption Rates for the Tour 9630 and Storm 9530

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Initially, Verizon’s Tour 9630 users were quicker to adopt OS 5.0 than Storm users. One month after the official release of OS 5, 71.1% of users upgraded to the new operating system. The Storm 9530 in comparison, saw only 61.4% after the first month, and took a full three months to get past the 70% mark.

The higher rate for the first month may be due to pent up demand after Verizon and RIM took their sweet time releasing this. Although, the early release of OS 5 was more productive for the 9530 which has since climbed to 81.4% adoption.

These statistics come from the time of download of the popular free game Pixelated. Given that this game has been available for both devices for a while now, it is doubtful that there is any early adopter effect distorting these numbers.

There is another OS 5 adoption analysis from back in February available here.

- Ebscer

BlackBerry OS 5 Leaks Roundup: 8520, 9000, 9630, 9700 and 9550

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2009 OS 5 Download Rates as per Ebscer

In the last week there has been a staggering amount of OS 5 leaks. There are leaks across the board so there’s a good chance your device got some love but you missed the post. Scroll down to see if you’ve won the leak lottery.

Leaked: OS For The BlackBerry Tour 9630
Download Of The Leaked OS For The BlackBerry Bold 9700
Download OS for the BlackBerry Curve 8520
Download OS for the Bold 9000
Download OS for the Curve 8900
Download OS for the BlackBerry Storm2 9550
Download The Leaked OS For The BlackBerry Bold 9700

Big thanks to everyone in the blogosphere and community for finding these links. CrackBerry, BBOS, BerryReview and TBZ.

Verizon BlackBerry Tour OS now Officially Available

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We heard rumblings that a big OS 5 update was on its way for the Verizon Tour 9630 and it looks like its now available. The update comes as OS and we’ve heard some good things about this update. Here are a couple user reports so far:

@drsuessmn Installed and working great 9630/
@k2jlx The battery life on the Tour 9630 w/OS is outstanding #blackberry #rim
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Leaked OS 5 Roundup: Curve 8520, 8900, Tour 9630, Bold 9000 and 9700

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Today was a pretty wild day for leaks. We have updated OS 5 leaks for the Curve 8520, Tour 9630, Bold 9000, Curve 8900 and Bold 9700. It’s not every day that so many OS leaks drop at once but I guess when it rains it pours.

Download OS OS for the Curve 8520.

Download OS OS for the Tour 9630.

Download OS for the Bold 9700 or from the mirror link.

Download OS for the Curve 8900 and Bold 9000.

[Links courtesy of Bla1ze and TBZ]

BlackBerry Bold 9650 Launch Rumored in May 2010

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There is a rumor that the BlackBerry Bold 9650, which we originally thought was going to be the Tour2 9650, will launch in May of this year. There is a lot of speculation about why RIM chose to go with the Bold 9650 versus the Tour brand, and most likely it’s because owners of the Tour 9630 would harbor some resentment that an update to their device came out so soon after they purchased their BlackBerry. To mitigate this possible PR disaster, RIM marketing have decided to go with the Bold label. It’s sort of funny how easy the general public can be misled with a simple marketing twist. Speaking of Tour devices, it also looks like a Verizon OS 5 upgrade will be coming in the next 2-3 weeks and will include PTT for an extra $5 per month.

Leaked OS Available for the BlackBerry Tour 9630

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BBleaks have found OS 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.

Download OS for the BlackBerry Tour 9630.

How to upgrade your BlackBerry OS Software.

Best Buy BlackBerry Tour 9630 Stock Not Getting Replenished

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BGR is reporting that the BlackBerry Tour 9630 is on its way out at Best Buy. This is a regular occurrence whenever a device update is coming and I’m sure we’ll be seeing the Tour2 9650 in the next few months. I’m definitely looking forward to a trackpad and WiFi.

BlackBerry Battery Cover Review: Bold vs Tour vs Curve vs Storm and more

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Over the years RIM has been continually changing the BlackBerry battery cover. Some covers have been better than others, and I thought I’d put together a review post including new and older devices. The devices included in this review are:

BlackBerry Bold 9700
BlackBerry Curve 8530
BlackBerry Bold 9000
BlackBerry Storm 9550
BlackBerry Storm 9530
BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
BlackBerry Tour 9630

Generally, I’m looking for a battery cover to be solid, sturdy, easy to remove and put back on, and have an element of fashionable design.

Click through for a full review of the various BlackBerry battery covers we have seen to date

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