It shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore that Bell will be offering up the BlackBerry Tour 9630 especially since their promotional material and feature guide has conveniently been leaked on the internet already. Nonetheless, nothing beats an official announcement, and that’s exactly what we have right now.

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Bell has officially announced their BlackBerry Tour, and aside from what we already know about it, we now know when it’s going to be released. Contrary to prior rumors, Bell will unleash the BlackBerry Tour in Canada on July 11th beating Telus to the punch. Unfortunately, as far as pricing is concerned, very little changes were made in this department. Bell’s BlackBerry Tour 9630 will retail for $249.95 on a 3-year contract, $549.95 for 2-years, $649.95 for a single year, and $699.95 for outright purchase. This is, of course, a world edition phone so the higher cost shouldn’t be that much of a shocker.

Telus, for their part, still hasn’t officially announced the BlackBerry Tour. However, based from what we’ve gathered so far, they're expected to release theirs on July 15 with a promotional price of $249.99 on a 3-yr contract (regular price of $449.99 on 3-yr contract), $549.99 on a 2-yr contract, $599.99 for a single year, and $649.99 month-to-month/outright purchase.

Since, apparently, there won't be much of a difference between the pricing scheme of the two rivaling networks, from which carrier are you planning to get your BlackBerry Tour 9630 - Telus or Bell?

Bell Mobility adds the 3G BlackBerry Tour smartphone toits global smartphone lineup

           The BlackBerry Tour smartphone features advanced multimedia capabilities, enhanced Internet and email, full QWERTY keyboard and a 3.2 MP camera

           MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell Mobility today announced the 3G BlackBerry(R) Tour(TM) smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM), a powerful new global smartphone that operates on both EVDO and HSPA high speed networks globally and delivers advanced multimedia capabilities and access to industry leading mobile email, messaging and social networking features. The smartphone is now available to purchase online and will be available at Bell Mobility stores nationally starting July 11th.
           "Whether clients are avid globetrotters or spend most of their time in North America, the BlackBerry Tour smartphone's multi-network global 3G capabilities and unique mix of performance, functionality and style make it an ideal choice in a smartphone," said Adel Bazerghi, Senior Vice President of Products at Bell Mobility. "The BlackBerry Tour delivers the best of both worlds with high-speed 3G service in North America and around the world to ensure clients stay connected, entertained and informed wherever they are."
           The BlackBerry Tour smartphone is the latest mobile handset from Bell that offers clients the best of both worlds in terms of network access and roaming. In North America, users benefit from Bell Mobility's high speed EVDO network, Canada's largest 3G network, while being able to roam seamlessly on 3G HSPA/UMTS and quad-band EDGE networks when travelling internationally.
           In addition to the BlackBerry platform's proven push technology that automatically delivers messages, notifications and updates to the smartphone as they arrive, the BlackBerry Tour smartphone includes a highly tactile, full QWERTY keyboard for quick and easy typing. It provides the ability to download, view and edit Microsoft(R) Word, PowerPoint and Excel files, and supports BlackBerry App World(TM) giving clients access to more business and leisure applications.
           With additional features such as a 3.2 MP camera with autofocus, image stabilization, video recording and geo-tagging, access to popular applications and social networks like Facebook(R), MySpace and Flickr(R), instant text, picture and video messaging and an enhanced HTML browser - which supports streaming audio and video - the BlackBerry Tour is well suited for both consumers and professionals.
           The BlackBerry Tour also includes an integrated media player with support for Bluetooth(R) stereo and commercial free music and an HVGA+ (480x360) high resolution display ideal for Bell Mobility services such as Live TV, GPS Nav and a variety of downloadable games. Clients can also access Bell Mobility's popular music service, Full Track Music, on the BlackBerry Tour smartphone and can take advantage of the handset's microSD/SDHC memory card slot, which supports cards up to 16 GB to store all their favorite songs, videos and images.
           The BlackBerry Tour 3G global smartphone is now available for purchase on Bell.ca and will be available nationally from Bell Mobility starting on July 11th for as little as $249.95 on a three year contract with data plan or for
$699.95 without a contract.

           For more information please visit www.bell.ca/tour or www.blackberry.com/tour

           About Bell

           Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs, including Bell Mobility and Solo Mobile wireless, high-speed Bell Internet, Bell TV direct-to-home satellite television, Bell Home phone local and long distance, and IP-broadband and information and communications technology (ICT) services.
Bell is proud to be a Premier National Partner and the exclusive Telecommunications Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
           Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE). For information on Bell's products and services, please visit www.bell.ca. For corporate information on BCE, please visit www.bce.ca.

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