Canadian phone market RIM has given its popular emailing smartphone - the Blackberry series its final 'big' announcement today with the news that a budget 3G version of their phone is coming.
The Blackberry Curve 3G brings its popular PUSH email system and full qwerty keyboard at an affordable price, with the Curve previously being limited to 2G EDGE networks.
Similar to when Apple launched its iPhone and then iPhone 3G, the new update allows users to access downloads speeds much faster than previously capable on the Curve - which at FREE from £25/month on vodafone is Blackberry's cheapest phone.
The new Curve 3G will also be 6 OS capable meaning that it can run the latest software for RIM.
Although currently available on vodafone, the Curve's 3G version is likely to go to T-Mobile which has secured the phone for its USA networks also.
See pictures and the press release below:
RIM Introduces the New BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone
New addition to the globally popular BlackBerry Curve series is fast, easy-to-use, richly-featured and BlackBerry 6 ready
WATERLOO, ONTARIO - Editors Note: There are two photos and one spec sheet associated with this Press Release.
Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry® CurveTM 3G, an exciting addition to the globally popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones. Designed to provide the growing mass of smartphone purchasers with a distinctly powerful, approachable and affordable choice, the BlackBerry Curve 3G supports high-speed 3G (HSDPA) networks around the world and gives users the exceptional communications features they need to accomplish more than ever, when they're at home, at work and everywhere in-between.
"The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "The new BlackBerry Curve 3G is a perfect choice for happily busy people who are looking for a user-friendly 3G smartphone to help them make the most of their day and to stay connected with their friends, family and co-workers."
The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone features a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing, optical trackpad for fluid navigation, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi®, as well as dedicated media keys, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go. The new smartphone also features a camera that can record video and a microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage. Support for 3G networks makes browsing faster, streaming music smoother, and gives users the ability to talk on the phone while they browse the web, instant message with BlackBerry® Messenger (BBMTM) or share their location with friends on popular social networking sites.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G ships with BlackBerry® 5 and is BlackBerry® 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry® smartphones that was announced last week. It retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, subject to carrier certifications, in the coming months.
The new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone (model 9300) will be available from various carriers and distribution partners around the world beginning in August. Check with local carriers for details about availability and pricing.