According to Jim Balsillie, RIM’s co-chief executive, the smartphone follows a familiar blueprint - including its shape and full keyboard. Its expected multimedia features also appear to be rather conventional, with an image and video camera, and media player. Although the company is trying to soak up some untouched market by offering a handset which “crosses customer categories,” it will face stiff competition with the aggressively priced Pre and iPhone.
The BlackBerry Tour will be available “soon” through Verizon and Sprint in the US as well as Telus and BCE’s Bell unit in Canada. Pricing looks to be about $200 after rebates and a two year contract agreement with Sprint.