T-Mobile USA has just begun offering the BlackBerry Curve 3G, an inexpensive consumer-oriented smartphone.
This device was first unveiled last month, and T-Mobile is the first carrier to offer it. It uses the typical BlackBerry design, and it sports HSDPA cellular-wireless networking, Wi-Fi, and GPS.
The Curve 3G is available now on T-Mobile’s website for $80 with a two-year service contract.
New Model = Some New Features
T-Mobile’s latest smartphone will eventually replace the BlackBerry Curve 8520 in the carrier’s lineup. The 8520 was one of the last models released by T-Mobile without support for its 3G network. It appears the main reason for releasing the Curve 3G (9300) is to bring in a device with high-speed cellular-wireless networking, as otherwise these two are very similar.
The Curve 8520 is now selling on T-Mobile’s website for 30 with a two-year contract.
However, the Curve 3G has another advantage over its predecessor: 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 will come 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.
Hardware Details of the BlackBerry Curve 3G
Like all Curve models, this one will 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.
As discussed, the Curve 3G is able to access T-Mobile HSDPA network, plus it will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
It also has a 2 megapixel camera, a microSD/SDHC memory card slot (supports up to 32 GB cards), and 3.5 mm headset jack.