Verizon RIM BlackBerry Tour to arrive July 12

Verizon Wireless announces that it is now taking pre-orders for the RIM BlackBerry Tour, which will be available in stores on July 12.

RIM BlackBerry Tour
Verizon Wireless

Just a couple of weeks after the introduction of the RIM BlackBerry Tour 9630, Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday that the smartphone is now available for preorder online and will be in stores on July 12 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $70 mail-in rebate.

For that price, the BlackBerry Tour offers world roaming capabilities, providing you with voice coverage in 220 countries overseas and e-mail and Internet coverage in 175 countries. Domestically, the smartphone works on Verizon's EV-DO Rev. A network and supports a number of the carrier's services, such as VZ Navigator and V Cast Music.

Other highlights include a full HTML Web browser, built-in GPS, Bluetooth tethering, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. Verizon also revealed that it will release a camera-less model.

Sprint's version of the BlackBerry Tour carries the same $199.99 price tag, but the provider has not released a specific release date.

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