T-Mobile USA has announced plans to introduce a version of the BlackBerry Curve with Wi-Fi, which should make this the first smartphone to support this carrier’s VoIP service.
The BlackBerry 8320 will have the same shape and functionality as the other models in this series. In addition, it will support T-Mobile’s new HotSpot @Home service, which allows users to make unlimited phone calls for a low monthly fee over a Wi-Fi connection.
The carrier is promising that this smartphone will be able to seamless switch between a GSM connection and a Wi-Fi one, even mid-call.
Naturally, the 8320 will also be able to use Wi-Fi to download email and access the Web. When away from a hotspot, it can connect to T-Mobile’s EDGE network.
The BlackBerry Curve 8320 is expected to go on sale in the near future for $250 with a two-year contract and a mail-in rebate.
Update: T-Mobile is now offering this smartphone on its web site at the expected price. It is available in two colors, grey and pale gold.
More About the BlackBerry Curve Series
All the models in the Curve series have a built-in QWERTY keyboard and a 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) display.
RIM is positioning the Curve as a device for consumers, and so it playing up its multimedia capabilities. This device has a microSD card slot for additional storage, especially of audio and video files.
It has a built-in 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, and a trackball in place of a scrollwheel or D-pad.
The Curve is a quad-band GSM phone with GPRS and EDGE. It does not have 3G support.
More information on this BlackBerry can be found on RIM’s web site.