Low-priced BlackBerry Curve 3G Coming to Verizon

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Verizon Wireless will soon begin offering the BlackBerry Curve 3G. This very inexpensive smartphone uses the typical BlackBerry design and sports 3G wireless networking, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

A version of this model debuted from T-Mobile last month, and it is Research In Motion’s new flagship device targeted at consumers.

BlackBerry Curve 3G from VerizonThe 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 access to music, games, and other mobile apps. 

Naturally, Verizon’s version of the Curve 3G is going to support this carrier’s EV-DO service, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.

The Curve 3G is also going to have a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD/SDHC memory card slot (supports up to 32 GB cards), and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

It will be 4.3 x 2.4 x .55 inches and 3.7 oz. and coming in either black or red casings.

Pricing and Availability
The BlackBerry Curve 3G (model 9330) will be available in Verizon’s business sales channels beginning Thursday, Sept. 16. It won’t be on this carrier’s consumer website or in its stores for another few weeks.

This smartphone will sell for $30 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

 

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