RIM and T-Mobile Announce Entry-Level BlackBerry Curve 9315

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RIM BlackBerry Curve 9315RIM is still fighting the good fight, as the company announced this morning that it’s teaming up with T-Mobile to release the BlackBerry Curve 9315, its most affordable handset yet.

The Curve 9315, which will run RIM’s BlackBerry 7.1 OS (so this will not be one of its soon-to-be-released BlackBerry 10 smartphones), will be available to customers through two different payment options. The handset can be purchased for for $50 after a $50 mail-in rebate and with a two-year service agreement, or $50 out of pocket and $10 a month for 20 months via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan, also with a qualifying two-year plan. Given that RIM’s business is cheap smartphones now, however, its price is likely to drop — possibly to free with contract — within the coming months.

The phone’s affordability is due to its modest specs, which include a 320 x 240 (QVGA) display, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of storage (expandable via a microSD card slot), a 3.2-megapixel camera, and, of course, a full QWERTY keyboard. More detailed specs, like processor information, are not currently available for the Curve 9315.

T-Mobile business customers will be able to participate in an exclusive pre-sale of the Curve 9315 and purchase the device beginning January 16. Everybody else who is looking to get their hands on the Curve 9315 will be able to do so starting January 23.

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