BlackBerry Curve 9300 seeks FCC approval, sure to get it

By Bla1ze on 5 Jul 2010 03:09 pm EDT
BlackBerry Curve 9300 seeks FCC approval, sure to get it

** Update:  Sorry folks. Looks like this one isn't actually the Curve 9300 but rather a refresh of the 8530 device, now supporting CDMA AWS 1700. *

Research In Motion has seemingly snuck the BlackBerry Curve 9300 into the FCC recently. We've seen the BlackBerry Curve 9300 show up on many occassions now, even sporting quite a few odd colors. It's arrival in the FCC database seems to lend it's hand to the fact we'll soon be seeing it arrive in stores. As noted by Engadget, it's being shown off with the technical specs that meet that of some regional carriers in the fact it's listed as having Triband CDMA. If you're looking for a new Curve series device, this will soon be the best option. Those of you looking for a more spec'd out device; hang tight while the 9670 and 9800 finish baking.

Source: Engadget

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BlackBerry Curve 9300 seeks FCC approval, sure to get it


There you go, RIM. Keep releasing the same hardware with same software, and you will find yourself where Palm died. What the hell are these people thinking!?!?!

I agree what is RIM up to? The predesessor to both the 8500 series and the 9300 series (8300 and 8900 series for those who don't know) both had flash cameras(with the 8900 having a 3.2 megapixel camera) and even the cheap (and somewhat defective) low-end 8220 has a flash

I agree what is RIM up to? The predesessor to both the 8500 series and the 9300 series (8300 and 8900 series for those who don't know) both had flash cameras(with the 8900 having a 3.2 megapixel camera) and even the cheap (and somewhat defective) low-end 8220 has a flash

FCC should start rejecting products. RIM should get a letter from the FCC that says, We already approved this phone last year, who are you fooling. Sign FCC

I think we can all agree that EDGE in many places is going away and GSM 3G will be the main signal. That being, even low end devices will be 3G. This is RIM's first low end GSM 3G phone. They dropped the flash on the low end Curve line which, outside of the 8900, I'm guessing is the Curve's place. You want flash, go Bold or Torch. You want everything in a small package? Go Pearl. The Curve will be the entry-level, full qwerty BlackBerry. That's just where RIM has put it. Each new version will have something slightly better. I expect that after the 93xx series, there will be a 3G Curve that has the 480x360 screen res, and will be much like the 8900. It will have more mem, the trackpad of course, maybe the 624 processor, but not much else new. And people will cry, "that just like the 8900 that came out in 2009! And they'll be right, but the 8900 was a top end pBerry at the time. I still love mine. So rant, rave, cry, and whine about how low end the device is, but realize: that's its purpose.

But what it cost to make the 8900 back in early 2009 (late 2008) is nothing to what RIM is spending developing these low end phones with nothing on them. Then 6-12mons later add 1-2 more features to it and release it again. RIM is just buying themselves time to slack and do nothing. If anything the 8900 should be RIMs low end, while they move forward with bigger and better models. But, RIM's not doing that they're going backwards making throw away phones when the discounted 8900 could of remained. Now I see why the 8900 was removed so RIM can slack with these new models.

Do you have dev cost numbers? I imagine that they would be really low. All they had to do was take the new gen shell design and put the fairly inexpensive innards in. For all we know, RIM has been sitting on the screens, mem, processors for 2 years instead of having to order them. These low end Curves are introducing thousands of people to the Berry way for little to no money. It's a stepping stone. Once they decide they like or dislike the phone, and are ready to buy their next one, there will be a percentage that decides that they want a better berry. Some will choose another low end Berry and some will want a droid, etc. The point is, these phones are less expensive for RIM to make, less expensive for the consumer to purchase and yet money makers for the carriers via data plans and money makers for RIM in sales to the carriers. It's good for everyone. Low end Curves will continue. The 8900 will be a Tour of it's own. I don't see any reason to release another mid-level Curve. If they do, it would create even more brand name confusion. And I think we can see coming that RIM may try to compete on the high end touch game with the S3. RIM's top end phones are obviously not top of the line devices. That doesn't seem to be where RIM wants to be. And I agree with their business model. If the S3 works as their one major media phone to compete with Droid and iPhone, that will be their one high end consumer phone. The Bold will continue as a upper end solid business/prosumer device, the Pearl will continue as the sleek slim version of the Bold, and the Curve will be entry level. The Torch, we've yet to see in hand, but I would bet will be Bold level with touch. That's my .04.

IMHO this phone should have been released instead of the 8500 series, they could be releasing a 9900 model now (to replace the 8900) with added memory and such.

hopefully, no top end carrier will pick this one up, forcing rim to actually go back to the drawing and bring out somethings good.

meanwhile, apple and samsung (galaxy s) are fighting to see who has the best screen

My wife is in need a new Blackberry. I cant get her to say so long and move to a Droid yet. She will not be happy when i mention No Flash as she take pictures all the time. I keep telling her if that is the main requirement than get a Droid like mine or Droid X. Those cameras blow any Blackberry's out of the water.

Guess I need to sound like a broken record. RIM get to building a phone with current specs and not 1999 specs.

Unfortunately this post is not totally accurate.

Despite RIM seeking approval of new blackberry device, there is a big mistake in the information pointing this device as 9300, this is just an updated version of the 8500 series curve, made tri band (AWS compatible) in order to adapt to band frecuency of new markets with regional carier Metro PCS.

This will be a CDMA 8530.

Sorry for all you waiting on a new device from RIM.

I understand most of the information are usually based on rumors and leaked information, but sometimes I see a post with very unreliable information and at the end, us, the end users are the ones reading this stuff with all kind of specualtions.

By no means I intend to discourage or discredit this hard working people who dedicate time to share information, news and forums. I just would like for them to better double check their sources before posting.

The 8530 is already out on VZW and Sprint. Has been for awhile. So before you go posting about bad info, maybe you should do 5 minutes of research. The 8520 is out for Tmo and ATT. So, if you're saying it's an addition to the 8500 series, which I doubt, then it would have to be an 8510,40,50,60,70,80 or 90. 10 would mean no WiFi. 50 would mean Nextel/Boost mobile iDen. Can't comment on other numbers but TMO's AWS Berrys have been 00, same with WindMobile.

Yes, the 8530 has been released a while back for VZW but this version of the 8530 supports AWS on the CDMA network. Why you ask? Because it is geared towards regional carriers which include Cricket and Metro PCS (as stated in the last post that you criticized).

As far as the Tmo AWS supported device, you sound like you know what you are talking about so I am sure you are aware of the 8520 being a GSM device and AWS on GSM is reserved for 3G and has nothing to do with AWS on CDMA, therefore it serves no purpose for these regionals CDMA carriers.

Cricket and AWS have a few markets that only support AWS which means the dual band CDMA 8530 that was made for Sprint and VZW will only work in certain markets with Cricket/Metro. That's what the did with the 8330 and realized they need a device that could be used on all of their markets so they went after this new model.

Hence, a new 8530 needing approval from the FCC since it is the first tri-band CDMA device to be produced by RIM to support the additional 1700 MHz band utilized by Cricket/Metro. Adding an additional band support requires a whole new test and approval.

So let me quote this: "So before you go posting about bad info, maybe you should do 5 minutes of research"

I know this phone is a low end, entry level phone for RIM but still it doesnt mean they can't add a flash. The Low-end Pearl Flip (Yes read the blogs about the 8220 and 8230) had a flash.