Verizon Wireless CEO confirms BlackBerry Tour is coming soon

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…

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