AT&T Launches BlackBerry Curve 8320

AT&T Launches the BlackBerry Curve 8320
By Kevin Michaluk on 16 Dec 2008 01:02 pm
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Press Release

Hot BlackBerry Curve 8320 Warms the Cold Winter Blues With Seamless, Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Access From AT&T

New BlackBerry Curve 8320 Builds on Popular BlackBerry Platform Features With Integrated Wi-Fi Capabilities

DALLAS, TEXAS and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2008) - AT&T is turning up the heat with the ever-popular BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) smartphone. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Research In Motion (NYSE:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) announced today the immediate availability of the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone with built-in Wi-Fi(R), which gives AT&T customers with unlimited corporate or personal BlackBerry service plans free and seamless access to thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the U.S.

Available in sapphire blue, the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone makes it easy to connect to home or campus Wi-Fi networks and to automatically connect to any of the more than 17,000 AT&T Hot Spots nationwide. These include Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and thousands more restaurants, airports, hotels and other convenient locations across the U.S. Those customers who subscribe to unlimited corporate or personal BlackBerry service plans can access these AT&T Hot Spots at no charge.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone - with 802.11 b/g - provides broader data coverage, and customers also can carry on a telephone conversation on the cellular network while simultaneously accessing data via Wi-Fi.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone also gives AT&T customers the ability to access Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide(1). These global Wi-Fi capabilities complement AT&T's industry-leading wide area wireless international coverage with the ability to perform data functions in more than 150 countries and make or receive a phone call in more than 200 countries.

"The BlackBerry Curve 8320 provides AT&T customers with yet another outstanding global solution that comes with a unique Wi-Fi feature that automatically connects to AT&T Hot Spots," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Smart Devices, AT&T. "AT&T customers can also use their BlackBerry Curve smartphone to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot both in the U.S. and abroad, and when they do so, they can carry on a phone conversation while they're checking e-mail, browsing the Web or performing other data functions. This allows our customers to be even more productive and get greater value out of their BlackBerry smartphone, particularly when they can connect free of charge to an AT&T Hot Spot in the U.S."

Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing at RIM, said: "The BlackBerry Curve is one of the most successful smartphones in the world - customers love its communications and multimedia features, easy-to-use keyboard and compact design. With the BlackBerry Curve 8320, AT&T customers will enjoy easy access to Wi-Fi networks whether they're in the U.S. or traveling abroad."

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone packs numerous new features including an enhanced HTML browser that supports a Web browsing experience with desktop-style depiction. The smartphone's trackball acts like a computer mouse, allowing users to quickly scroll through a page, zoom in and out or click on hotlinks. The BlackBerry Curve 8320 also has an improved user interface and support for HTML e-mail, and it allows users to download attachments as well as edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset using the preloaded DataViz Documents To Go software suite.

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone retains the features that have made it one of the most popular smartphones in the world. It combines the renowned BlackBerry(R) e-mail and messaging capabilities with a full QWERTY keyboard, built-in spell checker, premium phone features and comprehensive organizer, and it sports a large, ultra-bright, 320-by-240 display that supports more than 65,000 colors and comes with light-sensing technology that automatically adjusts backlighting for optimal viewing. In addition, it features Bluetooth(R) 2.0 support, a 2 megapixel camera with zoom, flash and video recording(2), advanced media player with desktop media management software and expandable memory of up to 16GB via its microSD/SDHC memory card slot. The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone also includes AT&T Music(TM) subscription services, integrated Push To Talk (PTT) and, when used with a separate Bluetooth-enabled GPS receiver, provides access to the popular AT&T Navigator and YELLOWPAGES.COM mobile services.

Pricing and Availability

The BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphone with built-in Wi-Fi is now available online at http://att.com/blackberrycurve8320 and through AT&T's direct business-to-business sales organizations for as low as $149.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate. In early 2009, it will be available at select AT&T retail stores and national retailers. Customers who want personal e-mail access and Web browsing with BlackBerry(R) Internet Service can choose the BlackBerry Personal Unlimited data plan for as low as $30 a month with a qualified voice contract. Unlimited corporate e-mail and data access via BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server or BlackBerry(R) Professional Software for small businesses is available for as low as $45 a month when a qualified voice plan is also chosen. Customers who travel overseas can select the BlackBerry International Unlimited data plan for as low as $65 a month with a qualified voice plan.

Small business customers also can couple their BlackBerry(R) data plans with new AT&T BusinessTalk(R) voice plans, which start at $60 a month for five users and 700 Anytime Minutes and can be expanded for $9.99 a line to accommodate up to 40 users and 20,000 Anytime Minutes. When combined with BlackBerry Professional Software, AT&T BusinessTalk provides small businesses with a complete voice and data solution. Companies may also choose BusinessTalk with either unlimited Mobile to Mobile or Push To Talk features.

(1) Local Wi-Fi charges may apply.

(2) Video recording requires microSD memory card, sold separately.

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38 comments

jgreg

Hmmm...... "Hot BlackBerry Curve 8320". Isn't this year plus old device currently being replaced by the 8900?

Anton Wahlman

This is very strange. T-Mobile USA launched the 8320 on September 24, 2007, some 15 months earlier. The 8900 has already been launched in Germany and Canada, and is relatively imminent on T-Mobile USA and presumably also on AT&T. The 8900 completely replaces both the 8310 and 8320. Why bother introducing the 8320 at this extremely late stage? The only remotely plausible explanation I can conceive is that RIM built too many 8320 by accident and now needs someone to sell them for $49 or $99. Anybody who cares about performance, style, etc., will simply wait a few weeks -- perhaps 2 months at the most -- for the 8900. T-Mobile should have it by the first half of February and AT&T perhaps even earlier.

JagoMidnight

I agree, and while it's nice to have the low cost option for a BB curve with WiFi, it's a bit upsetting to see this come out so late.

AT&T is really pushing me away with their customer support decision making,..no official 4.5 upgrade for the 8300 (but there is one for the 8310?), no 8900 announcement,..it's like get with it!

Anton Wahlman

You correctly point out the lack of 4.5 for the 8300. Add to that list the 8800, 8100, 8110 and 8120. Selective, to say the least. This kind of discrimination needs to end. Still, there was some hope that the 8900 would launch on AT&T as early as December 5. Obviously, that didn't happen.

R1cowl

Give us the 8900 Please. I hope that ATT isnt going to leave us out in the cold.

cexshun

You guys have the Bold. At VZN, we are stuck with the 8330 and the Storm.

mikey p

wow... this has to be joke. I'll take the 8350i.

itsdawnwithanawn

I'm so fed up with AT&T.
between their shotty customer service & their lack of blackberry involvement.

Needless to say I didn't have a great customer service experience last night & I am thinking about opting out of my contract.

Suggestions?

mab4285

what are you talking about lack of blackberry involvement? AT&T got most of the BBs before anyone else did. If you want to talk about lack of bb involvement, look at Sprint.

tammie614

AT&T Sucks! verizon is looking Soooo good right now!

bdb23

Well, there goes any chance of me moving over to AT&T to upgrade my 8830WE. The Bold is just too expensive and I don't think I could handle the typing on the Storm. Damn.

itsdawnwithanawn

i guess i'm not the only unhappy at&t customer.
& to think i thought that i was just being incredibly picky.

boo to at&t.!

kcurve

As I read the headline, I couldn't beliee my eyes! Then I reread 8320! Man, I had hoped my eyes were playing a joke on me and it really said 8900. Is this the point where enough is enought with at&t??

dcjr99

Guys,
It's all finaical reasons for putting out a lower cost blackberry that is the curve. We're all die hard bb users but the avg joe might like this type of device. I just wish they would have rolled it into the gps as well as the wifi. I have a bold and love it guys really but all in due time.

DANIEL aka Addicted since 06....

fatboy97

Maybe this is the big new Blackberry release by AT&T that everybody was thinking was going to be the 8900 Curve.

Berry Pickin

OH GOD!!! I hope you are wrong. But, I would not be suprised at all if that is true.

Queen4111

Yawn..............
Late to the party without UMA

Anton Wahlman

No UMA because AT&T just doesn’t offer UMA period, on any phone. Not because of anything on RIM’s side. It’s a different story, of course, that AT&T SHOULD offer UMA for all sorts of phones, including all Blackberries, the iPhone, and any other phone which contains a WiFi chip.

The major operators offering UMA are T-Mobile/USA, Rogers/Canada and Orange/Europe. Smaller deployments include TeliaSonera/Scandinavia.

Anonymous

crap! i want the 8900.

philanthropy

well you have a couple more weeks

since you guys may be getting the 8900

but i hope this wasnt what all those people

were talking about when they said

AT&T was trying to release the 8900 in january

gojulas895

I'm confounded by the marketing strategy here (or lack thereof). Why release this device which has been around for well over a year now? Why bother offering 802.11 without UMA (on any phone)? Surely they have cost analysis people; logically speaking, how many people could possibly buy this rather than wait for the 8900?

It's hard to justify dealing with ATT when T-Mobile is rolling out HSPA... I mean, coverage isn't quite as good, but at least you don't feel like you are being shafted at every turn. I will just say that while I feel VZW is shafting me, at the very least I have consistent "3G" coverage to complain about it with...

Anonymous

What a bunch of babies....all this crying going on. First off it was posting that the 8320 would be comming to AT&T around this time a few months back. So its no big shock its here now. Also AT&T's lack of blackberryness...huh? AT&T carrys the blackberry flagship, which is the BB BADASS!, aka: BOLD!. Yeah...sooo lacking. Also if you havent figured it out, there is 1 new BB release per carrier. AT&T got the flagship BOLD, VZW got the Storm, and T-Mo will soon get the 8900. This gives a new BB perk to each carrier. So if you want to get the 8900 soon, hop on over to T-Mo. If you wanna go BIG step up to the plate and get a BOLD.

I dont understand how people can cry about AT&T...when AT&T is the sole carrier of the best BB on the market to date. You want to cry about a carrier? look at T-Mo they have NO new BB model on the market in North America as of today. Hopefully that will change soon with the relase of the 8900.

but seriously change your diapers....

AttaQ

I guess to you the 8220 doesn't count as a Blackberry, but trust me, that was T-Mo's exclusive new phone. Sorry.... the 8900 is coming to AT&T and T-Mo very soon.

Anonymous

Its a Recession i had to sell my pet and now i don't have to sell my kidney for a BBerry ... Its called old stock butter it up, and get rid of it ... and say Recession deal !!!!

devildoc0612

well, with this release(8320)...a glimmer of hope for t-mo subscribers, meaning we might get the 8900 curve first! I thought the 8220 flip was it for T-mo. At&t is pickin up T-mo's left over hehehehehe...

Anonymous

I could have sworn the announcement was going to be that att was launching the 8900. I could just feel my little tmobile heart breaking. Thank god no such thing is happening for now. Lol.

talljason

This was supposed to come out in September/October according to BGR (I can't remember the exact time) along with BB OS 4.5 from AT&T which just came out, but they took too long and I did it myself. I hope the 8900 doesn't end up coming out summer of 2009 to AT&T and costing $200-$250 (with contract) because that's a too close to the Bold.

angiebutterfly

Yes, it's a little late. However, shockingly not every BlackBerry consumer is a CrackBerry. I know, I know, it's hard to believe. I mean, they love their phone but not everyone always wants the latest and the greatest. The Curve has cemented its spot enough to still maintain a following, which I'm sure they want to bank on. I still get people wanting my Curve after all of the awesome releases we've just had. Some just want a great, reliable phone at an affordable price, and the Curve provides this. Plus, this a better version.

And for those who keep saying, "What about the Curve 8900?" Um, if that doesn't go to T-Mobile, I'm kicking a bitch! You guys at AT&T get the Bold, and Verizon gets the Storm, while we get the flip phone. Yeah, it's OUR turn.

Berry Pickin

I agree. The Curve has become the work horse phone in the line up.It has broad appeal, is very sturdy, and simple to use. A lot of companies give the Curve as work phones, and don't really care about pixels and flashy new screens. The Curve has proven itself and will continue to soldier on. As BB moves into more comsumer product, you get the Bolds / 8900's. Business's are NOT going to drop the bucks to hand out Bold's to their workers. BB needs to have a low end phone, and the Curve is moving into the spot. I've been running an 8310 for about 2 years (with an iPhone in there somewhere) and on Jan 21 will move on to the Bold. With all the flash (Bold / Storm / 8900)theol' Curve has gotten lost in the mix, but should not be forgotten!!

Maxxberry

Not sure how flippin' hilarious this is but.......

...the att site says the 8320 is Temporarily Out of Stock.

So much for the immediacy mentioned in the press release.

asloman

I guess the rumors that at&t would no longer offer phones without 3G are not true.

itsdawnwithanawn

i tried ordering a bold from at&t the other day.
out of stock as well.
humph.

dstrauss#CB

Rogers releases the 8900 (Curve II, Javelin, whatever you want to call it) and AT&T has the (bleep)s to "release" the has been 8320 as some new and great offering?

Anonymous

Guys any news on Niagra? (Curve II on CDMA) i hope that puppy is coming to VZ soon. I'm sick of ATT already.

drchipinski

May 2009....so says BGR