The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone, one of the latest mobile phones delivered to the market by Canadian handset maker Research In Motion, is set to make an appearance on the airwaves of two wireless carriers from the United States, namely Verizon Wireless and Sprint. Both operators announced that they plan on bringing the new smartphone to the market, with Big Red placing the release date on November 20.
The fresh device seems to be a great addition to the existing BlackBerry Curve series of handsets. It comes to the market with a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch-sensitive trackpad, aimed at offering a great typing experience to users, and has appealing features like built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, not to mention access to music, mobile apps and services.
The specifications list of the new mobile phone include a 528 MHz processor, 256 MB of flash memory, Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, 3G-enabled, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g), a 2.0-megapixel photo snapper with video recording, BlackBerry Media Sync, a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, support for BlackBerry App World, e-mail, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and social networking support, and a MicroSD/SDHC memory card slot with support for up to 32GB of additional storage space.
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 will also deliver access to a wide range of service, but they will differ from a carrier to another. However, social networking will be available with the phone, including access to Facebook, MySpace and Flickr, as well as BlackBerry services with access to up to ten email accounts. The phone also comes around with BlackBerry Enterprise Server support.
Starting with November 20, Verizon's users will be able to enjoy the features of the new handset, which will become available for purchase priced at $99.99 upon the signing of a two-year contract agreement with the carrier and after a $100 mail-in rebate (a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan are required). Sprint will announce the exact availability and pricing of the device at a later date.