RIM Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone!

By Kevin Michaluk on 9 Aug 2010 07:30 am
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BlackBerry Curve 3G

No surprise here considering Rogers in Canada already announced the new BlackBerry Curve last week, but this morning it became official on a Research In Motion level. Like the Pearl 3G, the new BlackBerry Curve will be known as the BlackBerry Curve 3G. It's the next generation of the 8500 series, which basically remains the same entry level device as the 85xxx, but now has 3G. Also, while the device is shipping with BlackBerry OS 5.0 to start, it is labeled at 6 ready. That's a nice suprise that I wasn't totally expecting. So it looks like you'll be able to stick with 5 or upgrade to BlackBerry 6 on the Curve 3G as you see fit. We've seen the Curve 85xx series be extremely successful in the marketplace, and this one looks like a nice little followup that should do big sales for RIM. Stay tuned for more details - we'll have a full BlackBerry Curve 3G review up soon.

Press Release

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--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2010) -

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 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(R), 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(R) Messenger (BBM(TM)) 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(R) 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.

For more information about the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone visit www.blackberry.com/curve3G. For more information about BlackBerry 6, visit www.blackberry.com/6.

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56 comments

panyan

so will there be a way to make my 8520 os6?

intreguing....

BBThemes

the firmware platform for the 9300 was platform 6.0, so i think thats why its BB6 capable, the 8500 isnt on that platform so would be able to be OS6 ready (bet you`ll see some hybrids though)

Kilika10

I'm only seeing 256mb of memory so that should mean that the other phones (like the Tour) with that level of memory can support BB6.

Madness87

It's already confirmed that only the Bold 9700, the Bold 9650 and the Pearl 3G will get OS6.

Everyone else is getting the shaft. Especially Storm2 owners whose phone came out the same time as the Bold 9700 and is actually the same screen and resolution as the torch 9800.

vishhh

seems interesting for the lower end category

nfldberryuser

I just went to the link and compared the Curve 3G to the 8530 (which is a 3G CDMA phone) and the spec's look almost identical, excepting battery life (always better with GSM phones) and signal bands. I wonder if this means that BB6 will be portable to the 8530?

Wireless Vet

I'm a bit confused. Verizon's 8530 already says "3G" when the phone is in service, does that not mean that it is 3G?

diegonei

Original Pearl ... > Pearl 3G
Original Curve > 8900 > 8500 > Curve 3G

Ever heard or marketing? A name fits better to the public than numbers. :)

bsharitt

CDMA (Verizon and Sprint) Blackberrys have been pretty much all 3G for a while since those networks are largely all 3G and don't really have and interim step like EDGE, so they don't really point out the difference anymore since they're all 3G any way. The new 3G on the Pearl and Curve are for GSM networks where RIM has been late to the 3G game there altogether, which is why Blackberrys seem so much more popular on Sprint and VZW since they've had 3G BBs for a good git longer than AT&T and T-Mo.

infinus

I am just wondering to read the leak news of OS6 for 9700 on crackberry.
Can some one predict the date or month.

MILLYBLICK

I'm guessin Aug. 17th. If not by then, then its Sept. or months to come.

cinghoa

I don't see the difference between the 8530 and 9300 or Curve 3G. Don't see any reason that the 8530 should not be able to handle BB6 if this one can, other than RIM being like Apple and trying to control who can have what options like they did with os4.

belfastdispatcher

Why do I get the feeling this model will outsell all other blackberrys?

infinus

Not necessary,
Screen resolution is super primitive. 320 x 240 pixels, this seems super cool. Want to see how browser works here.

big_time2

Because every single carrier in the world will be selling it within the next few months. Not that there is a problem with that. Everyone wins in that case. RIM sells a ton of phones, carriers sell a ton of contracts and consumers get a low price smartphone that is pretty decent.

killstr3ak

Well, judging by the specs here (2 mp camera, 256mb ram, and a crap display... it outta be free with a contract.. so yeah, it probably will sell a lot.

This phone will have a hard time fetching $199.99 with a contract when you could go get a HTC Evo 4g, iPhone 4, Droid, Droid Incredible, and the new BB Torch for $199.99 and those are all FAR (wish I could underline, bold, and increase text size to emphasize FAR) superior phones.

This is not exciting news.

WillieLee

Such an insightful post. Could you point out the last time the entry-level Curve sold for $199? Because they usually run in the $0-49 range with a contract.

3Dee

This device looks awesome, woo hoo! Only kidding. As much as I like my 8900, the Curve line has gone sadly backwards ever since. The keyboard used to define the Curve but now it's just the low end specs. Is it time to start seculating about the Bold 10000 already?!

xstex

I wonder if this means the 8520/30 could get OS6 or even a hybrid if someone bothers.

diegonei

It most definitely means a hybrid.

rwurwin

This is the nicest Blackberry that RIM has ever created. The only thing that I would change would be where the keyboard comes out. I would have liked it more if it came out, like the DROID

killstr3ak

Seriously? You really think that in 2010... the best phone that RIM has ever created only has a 2.1 megapixel camera? lol.

That's pretty humorous that in this day and age... with all the technology out there... we're still releasing phones with 2002 technology and getting excited about it.

Yawn. OS6 looks nice, but RIM just keeps regurgitating outdated technology in "new" handsets and marketing it as new and revolutionary.

Ghostnyc

with 4G around the corner- Torch releasing officially this week (plenty of spots already have it) Why does RIM announce a Curve 3G now?

belfastdispatcher

Because probably 80% of the world still runs on GPRS or EDGE, never mind 3G. 4G is a very small market right now. Globally it makes sense.

BBThemes

its simply a case of a cheaper phone, its not in any way competition to the torch, this is more for the people who want a cheap contract (entry level if you will), or the corporate sector that wants its employees to have a blackberry but not spend a bundle equipping them with one

Tapeworm

Couldn't RIM at least up the camera to 3.2 MP?

MILLYBLICK

Man just roll out the OS 6 leak for Bold 9700. Tired of seeing other post but I guess we gotta wait til the new devices come out.

dwx360417

I really hope I can get OS 6 running on my 8520... just got around to upgrading my phones and got the 8520.

CeluGeek

I think the Curve 8330 and 8530 will do EVDO, meaning there are 3G Curves already.

KGBoston

The 8320 and 8520(GSM Blackberrys) don't have 3g, now ALL curves will have 3g. Other than that, I guess they just needed a way to make a phone that's almost exactly the same as the 8530 sound way different.

JasW

No doubt this will be a big hit in Outer Slabovia.

adood84

Where is the 8900 replacement?

lklmail

I thought the 8500 series already WAS 3G?

acwyau

8530 = 3G CDMA, 8520 = 2G GSM.

decypher44

If the specs are the same as the 9300.

Crackberry team - Please contact RIM for a statement regarding OS6 for 8530. It is your duty!!! =)

decypher44

Memory
256 MB flash memory/256 MB SDRAM

Maybe not.

simonrope

Everything my 8520 SHOULD be :o

GameBoi

why are y'all with curve 8500 think y'all would get os6? you knew what you bought(an eatery level BB) and I played with the phone and it's so slow, why would you want to keep it? it's to get you in and go up from there. Stop crying over outdated hardware and stop hating on new ones. Rim is about making money(like all co.) Next time, get a better phone, even my 9700 will be old one day, doesn't mean I'm gonna cry about it, I will just get another BB.

panyan

considering this phone is the new ENTRY level and has the SAME hardware specs, why cant we hope for os6?

even entry level products can get firmware updates ;)

cinghoa

One would think that if one makes the effort to use an apostrophe in the word y'all, one could manage to use capital letters to start a sentence. Probably not though, as using the word y'all when typing a message shows a decreased level of education.
People are allowed to voice their opinions and ask questions about stories posted here. I am not noticing too many with 8500 series phones on here complaining, seems more like they are asking for clarification as to whether their phones will be compatible with OS6 being that their phone is very similar to the "new" Curve.
Congratulations on having your 9700, I hope you feel better knowing that you have something better than someone else.

GameBoi

why are y'all with curve 8500 think y'all would get os6? you knew what you bought(an eatery level BB) and I played with the phone and it's so slow, why would you want to keep it? it's to get you in and go up from there. Stop crying over outdated hardware and stop hating on new ones. Rim is about making money(like all co.) Next time, get a better phone, even my 9700 will be old one day, doesn't mean I'm gonna cry about it, I will just get another BB.

DevonB.

Comments that you made. Blackberry's are smart-phones, since you can't even spell the word "entry" right your best bet would be ditching the 9700 and using some that's a little less "smart". I bought the 8520 because this was the Blackberry that I wanted. By the way, please come off your high horse, your phone does the same thing my phone does just with a little more memory and a little more speed. But then again, I wouldn't expect that much knowledge from someone who spells the word ENTRY like "eatery".

jope28

I've been loving my trusty 8520 and would love to have this phone be my 2nd BB ever (3G cpeed would be nice).

jebulls

If they put a flash with the camera it would sell even more!

R1cE

This device does not deserve the title as 8900 successor. It shouldn't even have a higher number than the 8900. I mean at least throw in the 480x360 screen in there -_-

allargon

So this is the full series? It'll be on all four carriers? Will it be called the Tour again on the CDMA carriers?

When is it coming to AT&T?

mister_right

I would have preferred a next gen 89XX

wize00

....For my Curve 8520. Then I will replace my 9650 with the Torch and I'll be good....for 6 months!

p072

If it is OS 6 ready how long will Rogers take to release V6 for it.....I have been waiting forever for V5 on my curve 8900.

If it only has 256mb of memory how will it have any room for third party apps.

Phil

HTC_Droid_EvO

This was probably made at the same time or before the Storm 2....RIM sucks

fcbayern0822

After taking a look at the specs for the new 9300 and comparing it to the 8900 its very similar. I am not too impressed. Just because it is 3G capable and the 8900 not. The camera resolution is only 2.0 vs 3.2 on the 8900 which I love. I am not too excited. Now if it had better specs like 512mb and loaded with 6.0 already I would be thrilled.

asd216

It would only slow my 8530 down...all I want is a WebKit browser update and I can use a theme for os6 as I am using right now! This is my 4th entry level BB...I had the 8120 pearl and then the 8320 curve and then the 8330m and now I have the 8530...entry level isn't bad it does what I want it to do just wish I had a better browser :D

NorthLondonGunner

Will the Curve 3G be released in the UK?

josh05

I was hoping to upgrade to this one since the Torch is an at&t exclusive right now, but with specs like that I won't even bother. I would have settled for at least 512 megabytes and 6.0 software and ignored the outdated camera and screen resolution.