BlackBerry Curve 8530 is going to be available from Verizon Wireless in time for the holiday shopping season. It will aggressively priced -- just under $100.
This smartphone has a QVGA display above a QWERTY keyboard. Between these two is an optical trackpad in place of a trackball or D-pad.
This device puts an emphasis on multimedia; in addition to the necessary software, on top is a set of hardware keys for controlling music and video playback as well as a 3.5 mm headset jack.
It will have just a 2.0 megapixel camera, rather surprising for a consumer-oriented device like this one.
More about the BlackBerry Curve 8530
Naturally, the latest Curve has RIM's standard suite of software, including support for its push e-mail system. Users will be able to download additional software from the on-device BlackBerry App World.
Verizon's version of this smartphone will support this carrier's mobile broadband service, plus it will include Wi-Fi b/g, stereo Bluetooth.
The Curve 8530 is going to offer a GPS receiver, with support for the VZ Navigator service and the ability to geo-tag pictures.
It will also sport a microSD/SDHC memory card slot.
Pricing & Availability
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 will be released by Verizon on Nov. 20. It will sell for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Getting this price will require signing up for a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan.
Those who are interested in this model don't have to wait: T-Mobile USA launched the BlackBerry Curve 8520 this summer, a device that's nearly identical.
Source: Verizon Wireless
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