A few of our ninjas hit us up to let us know that Verizon’s successful Buy One Get One promotion for BlackBerry handsets will soon be ending. Instead of a BOGO deal, BlackBerry devices will be reduced in price by $50. The promotion is still available as of the writing of this post and no official ending date has provided, though we’re hearing today is actually the cutoff day. If you’ve been sleeping on snatching up a pair of BOGO ‘Berrys however, don’t despair. We’re told that Verizon will quietly continue to honor the BOGO promo through June 27th due to active advertising that couldn’t be killed in time. Sweet! Whether or not you’ll be able to convince retail reps to hook you up with BOGO Pearl Flips starting June 19th remains to be seen but we doubt it. Who are we kidding though? BOGO or not, all you care about right now is the Tour.
Thanks anonymous and KrazyVZW!
Speaking at a recent Barclays Capital conference in NYC, Verizon Wireless president and CEO Lowell McAdam discussed Verizon’s upcoming handset portfolio, again. Without revealing any release dates and sticking to his “six month” time frame, McAdam said:
You will see devices like the Palm Pre and the Cousin on our network from Palm. You will see a second-generation Storm. You will see a new device we call the Tour from BlackBerry as well. That is an upscale of any other QWERTY-based devices that we have from BlackBerry today. You’ll see Motorola back into our portfolio. We feel very good about the progress that the Motorola team has made. And, yes, you’re going to see Android devices as well.
Most of this is the same old information that McAdams has been spouting about Verizon’s upcoming handsets for the last month. We already knew about the Palm Pre rumor which Verizon and Sprint have been batting about like a badminton shuttlecock. The Storm 2 has been mentioned both by RIM and Verizon, and Android has gotten a mention or two as well. The Motorola lineup is presumably initiated by the Rival which hit Verizon just after this conference. Last but not least, we have the official public acknowledgment of the Tour by a Verizon executive. Now if we can just get him to slip a release date or two — especially one that starts with tuh, tuh, T-O-U-R and ends with July…
We just got a tip from a new tipster saying that Verizon Wireless will finally officially announce the BlackBerry Tour along with a release date tomorrow morning. This is not confirmed but would make sense given the July release date window is fast approaching and they’d want to avoid people switching carriers for upcoming handsets. The Tour website on Verizon’s site would also allegedly go live at announcement, and that is www.verizonwireless.com/Tour
Anyone heard anything about this?
Well, our tipster was indeed correct. And let’s be honest here for a sec; we’ve nailed this puppy to the wall. Verizon faithful will be overjoyed to find out that the BlackBerry Tour has gone official (albeit without an official announce just yet). There isn’t a whole lot of information available on their product page at the moment, but hey, you’ve waited this long…
Early adopters may feel a bit peeved at Verizon Wireless right now. Launched only a few weeks ago, both the enV3 and the enV TOUCH have already seen a $50 online price reduction. Available originally at $129 and $149 respectively, the enV3 and the enV TOUCH can now be had for $79.99 and $99.99. Those of you who already purchased either phone can try your hand at sweet talking a Verizon rep into crediting your account for the difference. Those who have been on the fence, have at it. Best of luck!
Read (enV3 in slate blue, also available in maroon)
Read (enV TOUCH)
Another month and another rebate sheet from Verizon Wireless. This latest version spans only the month of June but it does contain a few yet-to-be announced phones. We have the Casio Exilim and the Motorola Rival, both of which are slated for launch on June 10th. We also have the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 whose launch is right around the corner. Sorry folks, no tuh, tuh, Tour or Storm 2 yet. The next rebate sheet will land at the end of June so keep your fingers crossed. Hit the jump for the full rebate sheet.
Thanks, anonymous and Ezmo!
In with the new, out with the BREW — Sun Microsystems has just announced that Verizon Wireless is among several new partners to jump on the Java bandwagon. The nation’s largest carrier has long used BREW as its mobile platform of choice but times they are a’ changing. Moving forward, VZW will deploy Java Platform Micro Edition-based services and apps. From Sun’s JavaOne conference keynote highlights:
Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, who will outline his company’s strategic decision to deploy Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME) -based services in its network and offer Java-based services and applications to its subscribers.
While Big Red has not confirmed that Qualcomm’s BREW platform will be phased out, maintaining two separate platforms doesn’t make much sense. Crazier things have definitely happened though, especially where carriers are concerned. We’ll have to wait and see what the future has in store for BREW though we highly doubt anyone would really miss it. Verizon has yet to issue any public statement regarding its Java ME adoption.
Our ninja came through for us again and provided us with all the launch details for the Casio Exilim C721. We already scooped the June 10th launch date and now we have pictures, pricing and specifications to round out the information on this new handset. Hit the jump for all the details and images you can handle.
- 1X/EVDO Rev A connectivity
- 2.3-inch QVGA (not WVGA as originally thought) internal display withÃ‚Â 0.7-inch Mono (White) 96×32 external display
- 5.1 Megapixel auto-focus camera/camcorder with flash, image stabilizer,180-degree rotating display, and optical 3x zoom
- Dedicated camera/video key
- Meets military specifications 810F standards for water (Immersion & Rain), humidity, salt-fog, shock, vibration, dust, solar radiation, altitude, low & high temperature storage
- Bluetooth Profiles: headset, hands free, DUN, A2DP, phonebook access, and object push (for vCard / vCal)
- Music Player for: MP3, WMA, unprotected AAC & unprotected AAC+ formats
- HTML Web Browser
- Up to 8GB of optional removable memory
- Verizon Services: V CAST Music with Rhapsody,V CAST Videos, Chaperon Parent/Child Capable, Media Center, Mobile Email, Mobile Web Mail, Mobile IM & Chat capable
- Dashboard with Mobile Web, Field Force Manager capable
- Visual Voice Mail capable, Mobile Broadband Connect capable
- Text, Picture, Video & Voice Messaging
- GPS (VZ NavigatorSM Capable)
- Dimensions: 4.0Ã¢â‚¬Â x 2.0Ã¢â‚¬Â x 0.8Ã¢â‚¬Â; Weight: 4.5 ounces
- Usage Time: Up to 230 minutes OR Standby Time: Up to 540 hours
The 5MP Casio Exilim will launch for $279 after a $50 mail in rebate and 2-year contract, $349 after a $50 mail in rebate and 1-year contract and $449 for full retail. At this extraordinarily high price for a souped up feature phone, the C721 will probably be a dust collector on the shelves of Verizon Wireless stores nationwide until the price drops — good thing it’s dust proof.
Earlier this week, a Sprint-branded Touch Pro2 was seen gallivanting around and now it is apparently time for its Verizon Wireless counterpart to make a cameo. Posted over a Howard Forums is the Touch Pro2, complete with a Verizon Wireless logo. Of note, it’s missing the typical red interface that characterizes most of the phones in Big Red’s lineup. Red or not, we hope to see this more shots and information on this handset soon. For those keeping score by the way, three of the big four carriers will now be getting the Pro2 at some point. Woo!
While Sprint stores are gearing up for the day we’ve all been waiting for, Verizon Wireless will be busy appealing to a different crowd… Tweens. One of our Verizon ninjas just hit us with a slide and a few product shots of the upcoming LG Glance, gold weave pattern and all. Here’s how the phone shapes up:
- CDMA with 1xRTT connectivity
- 2.00″, 320×240, 262K Color TFT display
- 1.3 Megapixel Camera
- GPS, VZ navigator-capable
- Bluetooth (headset, hands-free, object push-restricted)
- Text, Picture & Voice Messaging with threaded messaging feature
- Supported VZW services: Media Center, Mobile Email, Mobile Web, Instant Messaging, Chat, Chaperone Parent/Child, Voicemail capable
- Voice Commands
- Bilingual Interface- English/Espanol
- 2.5mm Headset Jack
- Dimensions: 4.31″ (H) x 1.87″ (W) x 0.38″ (D)
- Weight: 2.92 oz.
- Usage Time: Up to 260 Minutes OR Standby Time: Up to 350 Hours
This entry level offering from Verizon Wireless is slated for launch across all channels on June 5th and will set you back a mere $49 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract, $119 after a $50 mail-in rebate and 1-year contract, $119 after a $50 mail-in rebate with prepaid plan and, last but not least, $219 for full retail. Hit the jump for a few more closeups.