T-Mobile Germany Now Shipping the BlackBerry Curve 8900

BlackBerry Curve 8900 Shipping from T-Mobile Germany
By Kevin Michaluk on 26 Nov 2008 09:13 am EST
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T-Mobile Germany is now shipping the all-new, ultra-sleek BlackBerry Curve 8900. I received a few emails from excited German CrackBerry readers today, letting me know their new Curves have finally arrived and that it ROCKS.

One of the things that has blown me away about the Curve 8900 is just how fast the web browsing is, even though it lacks 3G. Whatever EDGE magic RIM worked into the device, it works extremely well. This device is hawt!

Now the only question is, will we see it hit North American carriers in time for Christmas? We've been hearing both yesssssses and nooooos on this one... let's hope the no's have it wrong and we see it pop up on a North American carrier or two in the weeks ahead.

Topics: News & Rumors

68 comments

Anton Wahlman

T-Mobile USA will be late January at the earliest, possibly February. AT&T may be earlier, potentially as early as Friday, December 5, although that's far from 100% confirmed. The devices are identical, except for the incremental testing T-Mobile USA needs to do in order to verify the UMA software.

CanisMinor

Anton,

I've been hearing very different info. I have good insight in VZW, so obviously my info is what we hear from RIM, and not direct from the two GSM carriers, and thus likely less accurate. My current understanding is that the 8900 is launching in the US AT&T with an exclusivity period, similar to the 8300 launch. T-Mo in the US will then get the 8900 about 3 to 6 months later.

Of course, the actual launch date on AT&T is unclear as they have shown a tendency to launch whenever the hell they feel like it. I believe RIM is targeting mid-Q1 (in line with your February view, but different carrier).

Anton Wahlman

AT&T will most likely have a period of exclusivity, but it would be either 30 or 60 days, not 3-6 months. With T-Mobile USA's launch pinned at either late January or in February, that could mean an AT&T launch potentially as early as December 5, although I wouldn't be surprised to see it slip into January.

Anonymous

I like when people make their opinions factual information. Its funny, lol. It'll come out when it does. I cant wait either, but what can you do.

bbunderground

Man that is a good looking device, I hope it hit Canada before Christmas...although as said before I would need 3g before I went to it from my bold.

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OutsideLookinIn

Any Germany users that bought the device who can verify what color is the trackball? The photo looked like black or with a darker shade... Thanks!

Marlo

Hi,

the trackball is black! the ring around the trackball is glowing not the trackball itself

killaj

Hopefully In Dec if not Early Jan this will come to the states. Especially for us loyal t-mobile company!!

LONG LIVE BB

Anonymous

Will this phone be coming to Verizon at a later date??

CanisMinor

Yes, and the VZW version will obviously have 3G! But don't wait around - we're talking a good 6 to 9 months before that happens.

Derek R.

Where do you get your info? Just curious. I've searched everywhere and can't find any info on VZW picking up this device. The only thing I've seen is that VZW will be releasing the Niagara (the CDMA Bold equivalent) sometime in May or June. Is this what you're referring to?

CanisMinor

Yes, Niagara is the EvDO Bold. Magnum is the EvDO Javelin. It's basically going to the same as with the current 8X30 series: Niagara replaces 8830 and Magnum replaces 8330. Finally, there is Apex, which is the EvDO Pearl Flip.

Ub3RdoRK

oooh i can definetly wait....the storm blows and i love my curve...

wagonis

Or do I hit ebay/Germany and buy one? I would imagine that there will be some people selling theirs to make a few $'s. I am trying to be patient, but all these damn conflicting reports on when it will arrive in the US are killing me.

BBpixie

Been waiting forever for BB 8900!! I hope it hits Canada or At&t/T-mobile (so I can get one unlocked) before Christmas or early January (my birthday on the 9th!) RIM please make it come out during the holiday season for the sake of us!!

Anonymous

When the BlackBerry curve 8900 comes to the U.S. will it have a full QWERTY or the full QWERTZ? Thank you so much and yes i am a BlackBerry addict hehe.

P.S. The current blackberry i own is the BlackBerry Curve 8310 from AT&T

Kevin Michaluk

Will definitely be QWERTY for North American models.

CanisMinor

I think the secret German plan is for it to have Qwertz. Zee Germans vil conker zee vorld with zee Kanadians and zere nu Qwertz blackberryz! ;)

Derek R.

I'm with the guy above...I sure hope a CDMA version comes to Verizon SOON! The Storm left a bad taste in my mouth, but got me excited about buying a new phone. Alas, I've been biding my time by hoping the OMNIA will be worthwhile...then again, WinMO blows!

innerblitz

Back in the summer I was all Bold. Then the Storm came into the picture and I was totally set on that device until...I played with both and neither thrilled me. And all throughout this, the 8900 sort of stayed under the radar.

Now in the end I think its the best looking, best suited device for me despite being the one I paid the least attention to.

I'm month-to-month on T-Mobile, so if this comes to ATT first I'll switch to them.

brotherjoe

I hope it's just an error. The keypad on left picture has a QWERTZ keypad and the middle picture has a QWERTY keypad. Probably just a typo.

Would love one of these for the holidays. It would be a nice step up from the 8300.

wagonis

If you go to the European section of Blackberrys website, it lists the German T-Mobile Curve 8900 as having a QWERTY keypad.

crispycutz

Oh Lord its like seeing the Messaiah! So sexy....

Syn-tax

The Curve 8900 will probably not be released in Canada before Christmas. Think about it...Rogers has already put out its big Christmas marketing push with billboards, print material, tv spots, etc. This campaign pushes the Bold, the Pearl Flip, and the Curve 8320. To add a new blackberry this close to Christmas might confuse consumers and erode sales of the existing line-up. I'm thinking Q1 2009 will come before we hear of the 8900 from Rogers.

joeyw

i want this phone not the storm. im on verizon and i can see now ill have to wait a year or so.

Dirt McGirt#CB

does the screen look like the "click" screen on the storm to anyone else?

Chad D

No wifi, but gps is there? On a tmo phone?

McDay

Got mine and it really ROCKS :-)

So keep waiting

fatla

Rogers should be getting it in January (so not before xmas) for $149 on a 3 yr.

BBpixie

I sure hope so, so then it'd make a great bday gift for me!! Do you know how much it would be approximately without contract?

jimper88

oh come on how about just before christmas? the price sounds nice though

BBpixie

If and when it does come before xmas, this is def on the top of my Wish List!! Make my wish come true!!

joey_crack

The Storm is not for me and I'm waiting for this Niagara CDMA thing because I'm on VZW. I hope that this VZW mystery device comes out by next March which is my new every two or else I'm jumping ship.

vx1

now thats a some smexy goodness, watch that honey roll baby - trackball action :)

JagoMidnight

I was gonna just cave and get a Bold because the web browsing on my 8300 just isn't fast enough anymore, but I was really conflicted because I love love love the form factor of this 8900,..thanks Kevin for adding in the reports that the Edge is faster, I'm gonna wait and go for this one when it hits AT&T stateside!

I'll be a bit upset if this hits before the 4.5 update for my current curve, what the heck is goin on with AT&T? anyone know?

redrocket38

I just upgraded from my old Razr to a Curve 8320 and then I find out this is coming out?! Ahh, I want it sooo bad. My one big complaint about my 8320 was the lack of a dedicated lock key and the 8900 now has it. I don't care what it costs, I must have it! I'm addicted now!

applesugar

You can assign one of the side buttons to be your dedicated lock key. Just a thought

redrocket38

I know and I've done that but that wastes one my side keys then. The new 8900 will allow me to customize both side keys and not have to waste it on the lock.

Derek R.

You can download an app called Autolock for your Curve. It's free and will automatically lock the key pad. The delay is customizable. I use it when I'm out at the bars.

jimper88

auto standby locks the keys and saves on battery life

Derek R.

Can you receive calls and messages while on standby though?

jimper88

you can...its a great app i love it

joygasm310

if you push the Alt button and the enter/return button it locks the keys. I was able to do this from home screen on the old OS, but on 4.5 I have to do it from the menu screen.

STYLN

Theres certainly plenty of berries to choose from here lately...I dont even know anymore - think I'll wait untill I can get sum hands on action with all of them b4 I make my decision.

kcurve

This is driving me crazy! I have wanted this phone from the moment it was first mentioned! I really hope it comes out next month to AT&T. I just can't stand it!!!

applesugar

I WILL BE GETTING THIS DEVICE..NO MATTER WHEN

Brad Holmes

I had the opportunity today to play with one of these fantastic handsets, it blew me away, the screen quality is amazing and its the lightest handset ive ever had the pleasure of testing. anyone who gets the chance to own one of these you will not be disappointed

Digital

This device is _almost_ perfect. When will we see a 3G Curve in the US?

vx1

these new Curves havd HSCSD hispeed circuit transfer stuff its faster in some cases than 3g ... real a-b speed test must be done tho...

philanthropy

good to see the phone has started making sales

the wait just got much sweeter

tfrankson

This phone looks really nice. I can't wait for it to come out. I hope Tmo get's it soon.

detour

according to a friend of mine who works for t-mo usa the 8900 will be released in the first quarter. she trains the tech reps on all new devices so i feel confident in her information.

Anonymous

They are Brand New, Unlocked, Original, Full accessories and come with
1 yr International waranty from the Manufacturer

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic...........$300
SAMSUNG I900 Omnia...............$350
SAMSUNG I8510 innov8 8gb..........$280
NOKIA N96 16 GB................$300
Nokia Vertu diamond...........$300
SONY ERICSSON x1....$300
HTC TOUCH DIAMOND........$350
Apple iphone 8GB 3g ...........$350
Apple iphone 16GB 3g..........$400
BlackBerry Bold 9000....$350
BlackBerry Bold 9500....$360
Apple iphone 8GB...........$280
Apple iphone 16GB..........$320
Sony Psp.....................$100
Nokia E71.....................$300

Email us your Full name , Shipping/postage Address and Phone number.
so as for us to calculate your shipping cost.

Here is our email
electronicsmobileplaza@googlemail.com

Anonymous

I think you guys are pulling a big scamm, I know for a fact that the Nokia N96 16gig doesn't retail below $600 anywhere in the world, KEVIN could you delete these posts, I hate to see some crackberry addicts fall for these tricks.

Anonymous

They are Brand New, Unlocked, Original, Full accessories and come with
1 yr International waranty from the Manufacturer

Nokia 5800 XpressMusic...........$300
SAMSUNG I900 Omnia...............$350
SAMSUNG I8510 innov8 8gb..........$280
NOKIA N96 16 GB................$300
Nokia Vertu diamond...........$300
SONY ERICSSON x1....$300
HTC TOUCH DIAMOND........$350
Apple iphone 8GB 3g ...........$350
Apple iphone 16GB 3g..........$400
BlackBerry Bold 9000....$350
BlackBerry Bold 9500....$360
Apple iphone 8GB...........$280
Apple iphone 16GB..........$320
Sony Psp.....................$100
Nokia E71.....................$300

Email us your Full name , Shipping/postage Address and Phone number.
so as for us to calculate your shipping cost.

Here is our email
electronicsmobileplaza@googlemail.com

kleon1613

T-Mobile deserves something new!! We got that wack ass flip thing, we need a full blackberry...and my curve is just not cutting it anymore and the G1 is a joke...Before Christmass!!!

jyounger

I want one!! Hopefully Verizon will have it by the time I can upgrade.

Mr.Soder

Does anyone know when this phone is going to be aviable for AT&T in the states? Because right now im thinking about getting the Bold, because i dont feel like waiting for this phone to come out. Any information would be great. Message me if you know anything. Thanks.

buddywow

The only thing that kept him sane was his BLACKBERRY. KEVIN HAS TO POST THIS VIDEO UP. HE HAS TO. THIS MAN WAS LOCKED IN HIS HOTEL ROOM AFTER TERRORISTS ATTACKED IN MUMBAI.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7754046.stm

British businessman Mark Abell managed to escape from the Oberoi Trident Hotel.

He had barricaded himself inside his room when the militants stormed the building on Wednesday.

Mr Abell said the Indian hotel staff and the security forces had been "fantastic".

Cyphersin

Man, my contract ended over 6 months ago i'm up for a phone upgrade (Tmobile MDA, time is up!), i just went to a verizon kisk seen the storm (WOW, OFF THE HOOK!) Thought about making the switch, but...... I like my service and prices with TMO. But i need that CURVE 8900, LIKE A BABY needs a Ni^$#le!(just popped my first crackberry comment cherry!)

Cyphersin

Man, my contract ended over 6 months ago i'm up for a phone upgrade (Tmobile MDA, time is up!), i just went to a verizon kisk seen the storm (WOW, OFF THE HOOK!) Thought about making the switch, but...... I like my service and prices with TMO. But i need that CURVE 8900, LIKE A BABY needs a Ni^$#le!(just popped my first crackberry comment cherry!)

Anonymous

hi i was just wondering if any one knows what battery size this beauty uses cause i have been checking it out on gsm arena and the specifications does not say what battery size. can anyone help?

Anonymous

I read on the Blackberry offical website that the Curve 8900 is 3G, and I'm beginning to doubt seriously that T-Mobile will get it in the states before Christmas. THey are the last to get any cool or updated phones and I'm sick of it, yet I get great phone customer service with T-Mobile and have been with them over 8 years. I've emailed them 3 times regarding when they will get the Blackberry Curve 8900 and I never get a response. My bet is the typical customer service agent hasn't been told or they aren't supposed to tell the rest of us. I"m about to switch to Verizon just to get an updated 3G phone!

Anonymous

Oh PA-LEEEZZE! I am tierd of you tools claiming your "gonna leave t- mobile". Then do it! Jump, make the leap o faith! Your kinda like those suicide people.. "Im gonna kill myself" then do it! Jump!!, Save us all the misery! Never bet against the under dog! T- Mo is working on things! Good things come to those little boys and girls who wait! Be patient! I see promising things in the near future!