After launching on T-Mobile, the BlackBerry Curve 3G is coming to Verizon too. Starting September 16, you can get it for just $29 after a $100 mail-in rebate, a far cry from the $199 most smart phones cost even with a two-year contract.
Like the T-Mobile version, it comes with BlackBerry OS 5.0 installed, but will be upgradeable to OS 6.0, once RIM makes it available to non-touchscreen phones. That’s good news, since the latest version of the OS is more visually pleasing, and packs a Webkit browser that displays pages as they appear on the desktop.
In addition to its classic Curve design, available in charcoal and fuschia red, the 3G has 802.11n Wi-Fi, GPS, and can support microSD/SDHC cards up to 32GB. Click the link for a full list of specs, and stay tuned for our full review.
BlackBerry Curve 3G Features:
- Full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive optical trackpad
- Available in Charcoal and Fuschia Red
- Calendaring, voice-activated dialing, Visual Voicemail, and Bluetooth 2.1
- Media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, plus BlackBerry Media Sync, which syncs music from iTunes or Windows Media Player
- 2-megapixel camera with zoom and video recording
- Built-in GPS with support for Verizon’s VZ Navigator service
- Webkit browser
- BlackBerry Internet Service support for access to up to 10 e-mail accounts including Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL, Gmail and most popular ISPs; and BlackBerry Enterprise Server support
- Six instant messaging clients preloaded, including AOL Instant Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and BlackBerry Messenger
- 624 MHz processor, 256MB of internal memory and microSD/SDHC card slot with support for up to 32GB
- BlackBerry OS 5; support for BlackBerry OS 6
- Wi-Fi enabled (802.11 b/g/n) for data and voice
- Dimensions: 4.3 inches x 2.4 inches x 0.55 inches; 3.7 ounces; 2.4-inch screen, 320×240 pixels QVGA