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    Would a trackpad installation be possible on the Tour 9630 ?

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    I have a hypothetical question about the Tour9630 hardware. Taking the Onyx9700 and the swap from trackball to trackpad on the pre-release models, is there possibly a modular setup to the trackball / trackpad assemembly on the mainboard, meaning it could possibly be swapped out on the tour if someone had the knowledge to do so, and it physically fit the dimensions ?

    Another interesting rumor floating around is that Verizon and Sprint will be caving to the demands of wi-fi for ALL smartphones moving forward, and that the tour could be re-released as the 9650 with wi-fi.

    Looking at the addition of wi-fi to other phones, such as the 8820 and 8320, the extra .20 added to the model number makes sense.

    My trackball on my brand new tour is less than 100% responsive and seems to be very sensitive to any micro debris that may be getting into the assenbly. I lost my up and down axis for like 5 minutes today, And the phone hasn't even been through any heavy use yet ! I'm really eager to try out the trackpad to see if the difference is noticable.

    Any insights ??
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    i've heard about the wifi rumor for sprint. kinda hoping its true and they remedy some other glitches with the phone. we will see just about a month til i switch to sprint and get my tour

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    I would also be intereswted in swapping out the trackball for the trackpad

    it looks like there are massive problems with the trackball anyways.....hopefully RIM will allow this..

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    If I'm not mistaking to allow the track pad functionability you need the correct software, or cod modules which are not present on the tour OS, so even if you can physically swap it I don't think it will work properly.


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    I don't think the swap is possible, I saw a video from nationlink wireless about trackpad replacement and it doesn't just drop in like trackballs do, there is a connection ribbon to the board
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    well, the leaked 9700 video has the trackball on it.....so maybe it is interchangeable...who knows

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    If it was an early pre-production model they could have changed it since....I will be very surprised if swapping between the 2 is possible
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    Well seeing as how the trackpad is square and the ball is round, unless the ball has a square bezel, I don't see how it would work. Sure the assembly for the ball is square but you still have four empty triangles around the ball itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getsugatensho View Post
    Well seeing as how the trackpad is square and the ball is round, unless the ball has a square bezel, I don't see how it would work. Sure the assembly for the ball is square but you still have four empty triangles around the ball itself.
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    they dont just replace the ball..they replace the whole "unit" which includes the ball

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