Sprint has just become the thirst U.S. wireless carrier to introduce the BlackBerry Curve 3G, an inexpensive consumer-oriented smartphone uses the typical BlackBerry design and sports 3G wireless networking, Wi-Fi, and GPS.
Sprint is now offering the Curve 3G through its website and business channels. It will be in stores on Oct. 10.
This carrier is charging $50 with a two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Overview of the BlackBerry Curve 3G
The Curve 3G has a tablet shape with a 320 by 240 pixels (QVGA) display and a QWERTY keyboard. It has a touch-sensitive optical trackpad below its screen and a set of dedicated media keys on its top.
RIM has committed to releasing a BlackBerry OS 6 upgrade to replace the version of OS 5 this device is debuting with. This will bring in a greatly improved web browser, better email apps, and other enhancements.
Even before the upgrade, this smartphone comes with an extensive collection of software, letting users update their Facebook and MySpace pages on the go, as well as play music and games, and use other mobile apps. Sprint is also going to add some of its services, like Sprint TV.
Naturally, Sprint’s version of the Curve 3G is going to support this carrier’s EV-DO service, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
This smartphone has a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD/SDHC memory card slot (supports up to 32 GB cards), and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Overall, it is 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.55 inches and 3.7 oz.