BlackBerry Curve 8900 Gets Official in Germany!

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Gets Official!
By Kevin Michaluk on 12 Nov 2008 05:59 am EST
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Update: BlackBerry Curve 8900 is now on BlackBerry Germany's website >>

A month ago we saw the BlackBerry Curve 8900 pop up on T-Mobile Germany's website for the better part of a day before it quickly disappeared. Now today, crossing the wire at 4am ET, T-Mobile Germany and RIM have FINALLY made the Curve 8900 Official.

You can read the full press release after the jump! I don't see it up on T-Mobile Germany's website just yet (image above is from early October) but am sure it will be up again soon! Now the big question - will we see the Curve "2" hit any store shelves in time for the holiday season, or is it going to be the first new must-have BlackBerry of 2009?!

T-Mobile and RIM launch the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone in Germany

  • Expansive feature set, striking 480x360 pixel display, 3.2MP Camera with autofocus, flash and video recording, enhanced media player with podcast support
  • Thinnest full-QWERTZ BlackBerry smartphone
  • Global connectivity with fast Internet access on broadly available EDGE and Wi-Fi networks
  • Easy to use navigation with built-in GPS

BONN, GERMANY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2008) - T-Mobile Germany and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today launched the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8900 smartphone. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 has an expansive feature set that keeps users easily connected with their office, friends and family. In addition to exceptional phone, email, messaging, organizer, web browser and multimedia applications, the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 also features global connectivity support, built-in Wi-Fi(R) and GPS, a fast processor (512Mhz) and a dazzling hi-resolution display, enabling customers to remain productive and entertained while on the go.

In a sleek and new style, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone from T-Mobile Germany has on-the-go video, text and maps, a full QWERTZ keyboard and an intuitive trackball navigation system that allows users to enjoy an exceptional communications experience. Its full-featured media player supports media streaming and can play all your favorite songs and videos. With its new 3.2 megapixel camera, including auto focus, digital zoom and flash, you can take sharp, print-quality pictures to capture the moment and immediately send them to a friend or post them on the Internet. The microSD/SDHC expandable memory slot supports up to 16GB, giving users plenty of storage that is easily interchangeable.

Enhanced web browsing and multimedia features

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a quad-band smartphone, providing global connectivity that is compatible with T-Mobile's nationwide EDGE network for fast data access and web browsing. The handset can be used in conjunction with T-Mobile's web'n'walk plans for Internet browsing and accessing emails using BlackBerry(R) Internet Service and BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server.

At approximately 110 grams and 109 x 60 x 13.5 millimeters, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile Germany is the thinnest full QWERTZ BlackBerry smartphone to date and comes with a sleek and refined design that feels comfortable for either one-handed or two-handed use. Its large, striking 2.4 inch HVGA+ display (480x360 pixels) projects vivid color and makes information easier to read. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 provides flexible connectivity and helps people find their way, combining built-in Wi-Fi(R) (802.11 b/g) support and GPS capabilities.

E-Mail Push Service, free of charge for six months

T-Mobile Germany is currently offering a special promotion for customers who purchase the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone and subscribe to BlackBerry(R) Internet Service with T-Mobile's BlackBerry Webmail plan for individuals and small enterprises. The offer, which is initially limited until December 31, 2008, is available with many rate plans and is open to consumers and business customers who take out a new contract or extend an existing contract. For example, customers can currently try out T-Mobile's BlackBerry Webmail S plan (which costs EUR 4.95 a month and includes a volume of one megabyte for six months) free of charge.

The BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8900 smartphone will be available from T-Mobile Germany from mid of November 2008 and will cost a one-time charge of EUR 4.95 with a 24-month contract on the Relax 200 Plus rate with BlackBerry Webmail S and EUR 359.90 without contract.

About T-Mobile International

As one of the world's biggest mobile operators, T-Mobile International offers its customers the latest technologies and modern multimedia services. Since it was formed in December 1999, T-Mobile International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has established itself as one of the world's leading mobile operators.

The development of new technologies and user-centric complete services have enabled the T-Mobile Group to enhance its position each year. The company operates in Europe and the United States and currently has around 120 million customers in the twelve T-Mobile markets.

For more information about T-Mobile please visit www.telekom.de.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

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Reader comments

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Gets Official in Germany!

25 Comments

Oh deep, unbridled joy. Finally.
Now hurry the f*ck up and get it to England. Pretty please.

Do Anyone Know iF i get this phone unlocked can i use it on sprint services, it would be greatly appreciated. i need this phone!

Thanks.
G. MAN

Sprint guy- it's GSM, wrong tech (Sprint is CDMA)

What was the differential last time between a BB release in Germany and in the USA?

I KNEW IT WAS COMING OUT. HAH to all those dumb tmobile reps who said, there's no such thing as 8900. This baby will be out by the holidays or even january, I dont care I'll wait whatever I have to to have my beautiful 8900. I've been dying to get my hands on it and call one MINE. OMG omg omg omg

with the 8900 you basically get a Bold that is smaller. (read: not a brick) And I thought the 8900 had a little better hardware, even. (but don't quote me...not positive)
The primary difference I can see is that the Bold has 3G and the 8900 doesn't...which doesn't matter to me since I don't tether, and I'm waiting for the 8930 to hit VZW which will use their rev.a network, so I end up getting 3G anyway...

Unlike many others I have been waiting in anticipation for this lovely device (and not the Bold). So I am very happy to hear that it is now coming into fruition, but I am not happy that its on Tmo's site and not Vzw's. *bawling my eyes out*

Welp....Baby steps I guess....

OK. Went to my local ATT store and asked about the 8900 and the rep said that they were getting TWO new Curves....One "soon" and the other one later.....anybody want to venture a guess what that meant?? The rep couldn't tell me, just that the current 8310 was to be replaced with two new models......

come on! hit stateside in the next few months!! in the meantime, AT&T where the heck is my 4.5 upgrade for my current curve, i mean really what is going on?

I am glad that T-mobile is getting something! I have been craving that BOLD for a while now...but maybe I can wait now for this new curve. Hurry up T-mo!

As far as I know, all BBs sold in Germany are unlocked. They are sold either with or without contract. With contract, they are much cheaper. The price difference is added to the monthly fee and with contracts running 24 months, the customers pay enough for the phone even if they use other carriers.
According to this news (in german) http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/118755 the 8900 will cost EUR 359.95 when bought without a contract.

I remember it was like 2 to 3 week period after the Kick Start or the blackberry pearl 8220 was released in the US after it was released in Germany. Let's hope its the same for th the Curve 8900!!!

Why is it that the ONE thing Canadians have over the rest of the world- RIM- favours all other countries above ours?!!

Tmobile is supposed to come screaming into Canada in 2009- if they do so with the 8900 I might just cry!

Before you buy an unlocked version...you might want to get used to the 'QWERTZ' keyboard. Why are the 'Y' and the 'Z' switched?

The QWERTZ board is what many Germanic and Latin languages use. German in particular uses Z much more than Y and this 8900 board has several other modifications. No worries, an English version (I'd reckon) won't press their wacky duetchness on us guys.

Will it come in the nederlands????
I must know. but tmo is so boooring here, they only got one old pearl and iphone 3g. buuuy i cross my fingers! and hope for the same prize as in germany.otherwise i have to jump on a train!

Will it come in the nederlands????
I must know. but tmo is so boooring here, they only got one old pearl and iphone 3g. buuuy i cross my fingers! and hope for the same prize as in germany.otherwise i have to jump on a train!