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T-Mobile USA Offers Customers BlackBerry Curve 8900!!

By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Jan 2009 02:11 am EST
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Press Release

T-Mobile USA to Offer Customers the Thinnest and Lightest Full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone

New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Delivers GPS, Wi-Fi, Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities and More

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2009) - T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced that T-Mobile will offer its customers the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone, the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 from T-Mobile, in a stunning titanium-colored finish with chrome highlights, combines an elegant, compact design with a wide range of popular features and an easy-to-use full-QWERTY keyboard. It features built-in GPS and support of location-based services. It also allows easy access to social networking sites and has built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) supporting both voice and data, making it easier to stay connected to family, friends and colleagues.

"T-Mobile is thrilled to bring our customers such an elegant and powerful way to communicate with the important people in their lives," said Travis Warren, director, device marketing, T-Mobile USA. "The BlackBerry Curve 8900 offers T-Mobile customers the benefit of a full-QWERTY keyboard in the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone yet."

In addition to a sleek, stylish design, the powerful new smartphone includes a large, vivid display - the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry smartphone - as well as a 512MHz next generation processor for fast and responsive performance. The handset's advanced multimedia capabilities include a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization, digital zoom, flash and the ability to record video and play video, a music player, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and headset, and a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot with a 256MB card inserted. With support for memory cards up to 16GB, customers can carry, capture and enjoy more of their music, pictures and video anywhere they go.

"The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 features a compact and refined design that looks and feels great. It gives you everything you need to stay connected and entertained," said Mark Guibert, vice president, corporate marketing, Research In Motion. "With rich multimedia capabilities, exceptional mobile email and messaging features, enhanced Web browsing, a premium phone and easy access to social networking communities, including Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace.com, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 helps you make the most of a busy lifestyle that spans well beyond normal business hours."

T-Mobile customers can continue to get great mobile coverage and unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi calling with T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling service as well as unlimited nationwide calling to five people with T-Mobile myFaves service. As a quad-band world phone, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 supports international roaming, extending the ability to stay connected while traveling abroad.

The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone from T-Mobile is anticipated to be available in February at T-Mobile retail stores, select authorized dealers, and online at http://www.T-Mobile.com.

Prior to retail availability, customers can learn more about the BlackBerry Curve 8900 at www.blackberry.com/newcurve8900.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG's Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the third quarter of 2008, 127 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group - 32.1 million by T-Mobile USA - all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world's most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile's innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com . T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

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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T-Mobile USA Offers Customers BlackBerry Curve 8900!!

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OMG!!!! im so green wit envy right now, these GSM people get everything first way in advance.. Sprint sucks, if i wasnt a broke bastard i would switch over and enjoy these sweet devices.. well all i have to do is sit and wait and wait until at least the Niagra is released on Sprint sometime last quarter of '09(sarcastic).lol

Thank you kevin!!!! Its incredible how fast you were able to post this article. Tonight I will sleep with a huge smile!

wow i wish verizon had this. does it really have a higher res screen than the bold ??? i think so! same as storm. thats gotta be more DPI than the bold!

damn this is a nice phone.

Like the look and size of this handset way more than the Bold but just wish it had 3G (only one network in the UK has edge and they only offer that to 60% of the population)

Ahhh I love this device!! Glad to see all you US users will soon be able to get your hands on them now.

wait does this mean its released now? instead of feb 11 like the rumors?

or is this just stating that tmobile will have it which .. we all already knew lol =\

"T-Mobile customers can continue to get great mobile coverage and unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi calling with T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling service as well as unlimited nationwide calling to five people with T-Mobile myFaves service. As a quad-band world phone, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 supports international roaming, extending the ability to stay connected while traveling abroad."

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Just stating that tmobile will have it the release says "February" and that's it..so you're right, like we didn't already know anyways.

Seen one today in my local Orange shop here in the UK. Its a really nice device...quite small and compact compared to my Bold. But the lack of 3G would make this device a no go for me sadly.

Looks like im waiting for a new version of the Bold to come out unless they make this model into a 3G enabled device.

GSM guys get all the good stuff first but a GSM signal at my house is very poor and the GSM phones will not work in side my house. we have at&t and t-mobile here in Greenville , north Carolina but i live ten miles out of town and only three miles from a main road in the area but not enough signal for a GSM phone and thats a shame. at&t has been here since the mid ninety's and t-mobile ( suncom )since about 2000 and neither system has been built out much and what a shame that is.well thats my rant for today because i can't get the nicer phones until they trickle down to CDMA.
jerry

What do you mean poor coverage at home? With T-Mobile's UMA -over-WiFi system, you are guaranteed flawless coverage in places where you can use WiFi, such as at your home. It is a lot better than any cellular signal could ever be, replacing your landline phone. Sprint is also offering a 1900 MHz CDMA femtocell, but that is for voice-only and won't work in all of those other WiFi places such as your office, your friends abroad, hotels, airports, etc.

100% guaranteed coverage on UMA (Wi-Fi)... come on now! I had T-Mo HotSpot@Home for well over 6 months with my 8820. I had nothing but issues with coverage inside my house. Including the phone switching from Wi-Fi to EDGE in the middle of a call while I was sitting at my home office desk... not 5 ft. away from the wireless router. I would go into the kitchen and UMA calls would cut out for sometimes up to 10 seconds and then come back on again. And that would happen numerous times during the same phone call. It was a total mightmere!

I worked very closely with T-MO BB support and even RIM Support directly. All they could come up with was that "for some reason" the Wi-Fi signal was not holding. Absolutely nothing wrong with the 8820 itself.. it checked out perfectly. During all of this I also learned that I was not the only T-Mo HotSpot@Home customer experiencing those issues.

Now, don't get me wrong. I like the idea of being able to use UMA and get around using my minutes. It actually gave me the ability to have a very limited minute plan.. thus saved about $25 a month over what I now pay with my unlimited AT&T plan. But, having critical phone calls cut out and not knowing if and when that was going to happen was completely unacceptable. I therefor decided I could not afford to be on T-Mo any longer and had to switch. So now that I am on 3G.. I am having absolutely no issues with "cut outs" or dropped calls in any part of my house and the reception is actually clearer.

So I would highly recommend never telling anyone that HotSpot@Home is "100% guaranteed"... it is far from it. I experienced it personally and it caused me a lot of issues.

I bet you didn't try using a different router. Also, did you use the router that T-Mobile was providing free after rebate to be used with the hotspot@home devices? I know that some people have better luck than others but sounds to me that you wasn't aware of how to use the Wi-Fi feature correctly. By the way, I am sure that you saved more than $25.00 on your bills if you were paying for the hotspot feature. By the way, 3g is enhanced for data not just for voice. Do your homework and you will see that AT&T has way more drop calls than T-Mobile. I'd bet that if you were using a laptop with the wireless router you was using with T-Mobile was having internet issues as well. Please do not blame the phone, technology or T-Mobile for your "issues".

I fully understand the issues. First of all, I used the T-Mobile router. Secondly, T-Mobile themselves concluded that their was a connectivity and signal issue, not me. RIM got involved and concluded the same thing. Yes.. it was a T-Mobile issue! They also had me try a 2Wire430 router (from AT&T), which worked somewhat better, but the "cut outs" and the dropped calls continued. In the end, they had no fix for the issues. All they told me was that I was not alone and this happens. Also, they are working on a new router that will work with home alarm and security systems. Their seems to be a huge issue with interference when you have a system like that and are running either HotSpot@Home or TMobile@Home (VOIP service). And, I fully understand 3G in terms of data and phone.. I was only discussing the phone aspect of the issue.. not data.

I do agree with you... AT&T (formerly Cingular) has more dropped calls nationally then does T-Mobile. But then again how many more phones do they have in service? You are comparing apples and oranges in terms of usage on a daily basis.

And, by-the-way, my savings with T-Mobile was $25 a month, T-Mobile less then my new AT&T service.. I know because I pay the bills! One thing that T-Mobile has over everyone else is the unlimited data plan at what.. $15 a month. That is the best deal in town, hands down! The fact is that I would have stayed with T-Mobile except the fact that their were huge connectivity issues. That is just my experience... I don't know if anyone else has had the same thing or not.

How did it work when you used it at another person's home, office, Starbucks etc.? I have heard of other people having problem with their DSL, cable modem etc causing these issues at home. So you're right, those things can happen. But also keep in mind that such things happen to very few people, relatively speaking. In addition, I saved much more than $25/month. When using it abroad, I tended to save $180-$900 per DAY. If you're going to be on the phone for 3 hours (180 minutes) per day where the roaming charges range from $1 (London) to $5 (Dubai), you save anywhere from $180 to $900 per day. That's anywhere from $1,260 per week to $6,300 per week. I can buy a Mercedes S550 for the amount I have saved over the last year thanks to T-Mobile USA's Hotspot@Home service. Now I realize that may not be as important if you don't spend any time abroad, but even if you're traveling 2 days internationally per year, the full year's service pays for itself right there.

i mean i have poor GSM coverage where i live.in side their is not enough signal to make calls thats what i mean.

No 3G which is an issue for me at least.

Is the microSD slot under the batter, i.e. you cant swap out without a battery pull?

Sticking with my Bold although envious of the camera. Not sure I love the black balls.

Q4 this year, we prob will see a combination Bold with size of this 8900.

Pretty sure I read somewhere that the SD slot is accessible without a battery pull - hence the statement in the press release that the card is hot-swappable.

FREAKIN' SWEET! But we knew it would be 1Q 2009 but now we have a set month. Been waiting for this! The wife too, she's getting my Curve 8320.

Too bad I'm on AT&T...whatever happened to the talk about AT&T getting this one first? LOL.

Maybe I'll just buy one outright and have it unlocked.

I am not yet up for upgrade, so I'll have to at least pay some of the freight if I want this...and I really do want this!

If T Mobile's coverage wasn't so poor, I wouldn't have switched over to the Storm....
I would be in line to get one of these. I loved my 8320, and imagine I would enjoy 8900 even more.

This BlackBerry looks AMAZING! I want to get my hands on it asap!

I love how they showed John Mayer...I love him hahah.

i saw it at a store in new york selling with a tmobile logo. turned out it was european but the guys were nice enuff to turn it on and show it to me. The browser liked the one for BBerry Bold. i went to a store on the upper west side i think they are called mobile gallery and have a website too.

on the crappy tmobile network...if you haven't been one of the 2/10 customers to leave in 2008 I dont know how or why this would keep you.

Well, where I live, AT&T is horrible, we all know Sprint sucks and Verizon....well they are simply over priced. I've been with T-mobile for 1 1/2 years and love them. Cheap, Customer Service rocks and they have the best coverage. I can count on 2 fingers the number of times I've had a dropped call, can't say the same for the rest. And yes, I've been holding out for this phone too.

on the crappy tmobile network...if you haven't been one of the 2/10 customers to leave in 2008 I dont know how or why this would keep you.

I'm so happy tmobile finally getting a new blackberry. cause my curve is all beat up. I can't wait to order my..

With AT&T sitting on this one, looks like I am stuck with my 8310 until the 3G version of the Curve form factor phone is released (someday). Maybe by then AT&T will have built up their 3G network more? lol At least T-Mobile users here in the US will get the chance to own this great looking and functioning phone.

The tmobile network has been nothing but great for me. So DJnicky, i dont know how long ago you were with them...but it is much improved. I love being with tmobile, and i love using uma also.

T-Mobile has consistently rated 3rd or 4th in customer service, price, and call and data service, and 6/10 dropped calls coming from the t-mobile network (or more recently ATT problems in the south.

will the curve 8900 be offered by any other carriers, such as verizion, i hope so i really want this blackberry, but i refused to change carriers. does anyboy know?

im also jealous of the GSM guys for this phone and the bold i cannot get either, dont get me wrong there are things i LOVE about my storm, but sucks being stuck in the CDMA world. oh well i would think about switching to a GSM company but i love my verizon coverage, but truely GSM companies having their nice phones and the ONLY people that can get WI FI man .... lucky dogss, k i think im done bitching LOL

I just called T-Mobile and I could not get a price on an upgrade. I was told that a price was not given to them and won't be until a few days before launch. DAMN!

I was totally waiting until I could get the bold, well, afford it, but now I'm so going for the 8900!!

Camera with auto focus! That is awesome in my book! :D

Dont stress the fact that the phone isnt 3G capable. The 3G networks are fairly new, and even your 3G phones currently utilize the network probably only 10% of the time. When the network is fully developed in 1-2 years than you can go crazy and stress the fact that your phone isnt 3G.

Dont stress the fact that the phone isnt 3G capable. The 3G networks are fairly new, and even your 3G phones currently utilize the network probably only 10% of the time. When the network is fully developed in 1-2 years than you can go crazy and stress the fact that your phone isnt 3G.

Nice, but I am waiting for it to come out on Verizon. If what I read on here is correct the Verizon version should have 3G? I really don't care about it, but it would be a nice feature just incase. Plus I am at a trade-in for a new Verizon phone already.