As promised, Sprint has launched its version of the BlackBerry Curve 8530, the latest model in the venerable Curve series of consumer-oriented smartphones.
This device is debuting at just $50 with a two-year contract and $100 mail-in rebate. Most smartphones cost more than this, especially on their launch day.
The Curve 8530 is available now on Sprint.com, in this carrier’s retail stores, and through business channels.
An Overview of the BlackBerry Curve 8530
The latest Curve model is the latest version of one of RIM’s most popular consumer-oriented smartphones. It sports the new BlackBerry OS 5.0 and an updated design.
This smartphone has a QVGA display above a QWERTY keyboard. Between these two is an optical trackpad in place of a trackball or D-pad.
This device puts an emphasis on multimedia; in addition to the necessary audio and video players, on top is a set of hardware keys dedicated to controlling music and video playback, as well as a 3.5 mm headset jack.
Naturally, the latest Curve has RIM’s standard suite of software, including support for its push e-mail system. Users are able to download additional software from the on-device BlackBerry App World.
It has just a 2.0 megapixel camera, rather surprising for a consumer-oriented device like this one.
The Curve 8530 also offers a GPS receiver and microSD/SDHC memory card slot.
Sprint’s version of the Curve 8530 supports this carrier’s mobile broadband service, plus it includes Wi-Fi b/g, stereo Bluetooth. In addition, it comes with Sprint TV.
This device is going to replace the Curve 8330 in this carrier’s line-up. “BlackBerry Curve 8330 has been a tremendous success for Sprint. BlackBerry Curve 8530 continues that legacy with the addition of several important features that make it a winner for both entertainment and productivity,” said Kevin Packingham, Sprint Senior Vice President of Product Development.
This carrier is going to offer the 8530 in a red, purple, or black casing, but currently it’s available only in black.
Not Just Sprint
Sprint isn’t the only carrier offering the Curve 8530; Verizon Wireless recently launched it, too.
In addition, T-Mobile USA has the BlackBerry Curve 8520, a very similar model, though lacking 3G support.