The BlackBerry Tour smartphone from Sprint offers access to America’s most dependable 3G network, plus 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM support for international roaming
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 16, 2009--
With the new BlackBerry® Tour™ smartphone from Research In
Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) available from Sprint (NYSE: S) on
America’s most dependable 3G network1, staying connected
won’t be a worry domestically, or when you travel around the world.
The BlackBerry Tour smartphone is a powerful mobility tool that operates
on Sprint’s nationwide 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) network domestically. It also
roams on other high-speed wireless networks around the world for
reliable voice and email communication without missing a beat.
The BlackBerry Tour is a sophisticated smartphone that enables customers
to be more productive and better equipped to manage both their busy
personal and business lives. It is ideally suited for those who want to
stay socially connected, and lets you share moments through pictures and
videos via MMS and instant message on popular IM services or BlackBerry®
Messenger. It also offers easy access to your favorite social networking
sites like Flickr®, MySpace and Facebook®, and you
get smooth integration between the BlackBerry Tour smartphone and your
Facebook events and friends giving you a great view of what’s happening
both personally and professionally. This is the most powerful business
smartphone in Sprint’s line-up with instant access to emails, calendar,
contacts, robust business applications and location-based services,
leveraging the best performing networks both domestically and abroad.
“The BlackBerry Tour is a sophisticated and powerful smartphone that
will enable customers to be more productive and better equipped to
manage their busy business and personal lives; and global travelers can
rest easy knowing Sprint has a solution to keep people connected
wherever their travels may take them,” said Kevin Packingham, senior
vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Particularly compelling
for world travelers will be the performance enabled by combining the new
feature-rich BlackBerry Tour with Sprint’s 3G network and some of the
world’s other most robust voice and data networks.”
No one has a larger voice calling area than Sprint. The Nationwide
Sprint Network (inclusive of roaming) reaches more than 304 million
people in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,
with a Sprint calling plan that includes roaming. Additionally, the
Sprint 3G Network, the nation’s most dependable 3G network, is faster in
more places than AT&T’s 3G network2, and Sprint has more
than 20 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network, based on
The BlackBerry Tour smartphone comes with a vibrant high-resolution
display (480 x 360 at 245 ppi) plus intuitive trackball navigation, a
large, full-QWERTY keyboard, corporate and personal email with
attachment viewing, calendar, integrated address book and up to 16 GB of
expandable memory with a microSD/SDHC card.
It also includes a 3.2 MP camera with variable zoom, auto focus, flash
and image stabilization able to capture crisp pictures and video. It
comes pre-loaded with the Sprint Music Store, Sprint TV®,
Sprint NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, and features an
advanced media player for playing video and music files, plus a 3.5 mm
stereo headset jack and support for the Bluetooth® stereo headsets
(A2DP/AVCRP). The BlackBerry Tour smartphone also has built-in GPS and
supports location-based services.
The BlackBerry Tour will be available at Sprint stores, www.sprint.com
and 1-800-Sprint1 later this summer for $199.99 with a new line of
service or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 instant
rebate and $100 mail-in rebate. Additional savings may be available to
business customers through their Sprint account manager.
For more information on BlackBerry Tour smartphone, visit www.sprint.com/tour
The BlackBerry Tour operates domestically on the Sprint 3G network, and
globally on 2100 MHz UMTS/HSPA and quad-band EDGE/GSM/GPRS networks
where Sprint has international roaming agreements. With this handset,
Sprint customers have the power to make or receive phone calls in more
than 185 countries and access BlackBerry® data services
including email and Web browsing in nearly 150 countries.
International Service Plans
Sprint offers clear value and simplicity with its Worldwide BlackBerry®
service plan. The Worldwide BlackBerry plan gives customers unlimited
BlackBerry email and Web access in the United States, Canada, Mexico,
and other locations using CDMA technology, and with GSM/GPRS carriers
abroad where Sprint has applicable roaming agreements. The plan is
available for $69.99 per month, or just $40 per month (excluding taxes
and surcharges) as an attachable to Simply EverythingSM,
Everything Data, Everything Data Family or Business Essentials with
Messaging and Data.
Sprint international voice roaming rates range from $0.59 to $5.99 per
minute, depending on where customers are calling. Customers making
frequent calls while in Canada can take advantage of a specific service
plan for $2.99 per month which allows calls to be made and received at
$0.20 per minute. Additional pricing plans are available exclusively to
Customers also have the option of using a third-party SIM for
international voice and data services.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving nearly 49 million customers at the end of
the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are
the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.
All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective
1 Most dependable claim based on independent, third-party
drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and
signal strength for the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008
to February 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may
default to separate network when 3G unavailable.
2 Speed claim based on total network size, sq. miles,
multiplied by network upload/download speed capability. User’s speed
experience may vary.
3 Coverage comparison based on publicly available information
as of 4/1/09 inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square
Source: Sprint Nextel
Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511