Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 Release Date Approaching!

By Bla1ze on 17 Nov 2009 01:12 pm EST
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Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530

We've seen that Verizon is planning on pushing the BlackBerry Curve 8530 out the door on November 20th according to the press release they put out a little while back now. The pricing for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 will be set at $99 after the $100 MIR and the above picture highlights some of the devices best features.

We've had the chance to go hands on with the BlackBerry Curve 8530 already in our review so be sure to give that a look before you decide on picking up the second BlackBerry device on Verizon to have WiFi. As an entry level device the BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a great introduction to the BlackBerry world and with Verizon offering it with 3G speeds it's even more solid then that of it's GSM version brother, the BlackBerry Curve 8520.

Topics: Devices

25 comments

mankows5

Anyone have any info on a Sprint date? come on that cant be that hush hush over there can they?

Blechtman

i want this phone soooooo bad!!! I'm getting ready to camp out at the vz store

j7676

Will this have Rev A?

big dawg 23

yes click on the Specs link. 3G EVDO is Rev A. I dont think Verizon would release a smartphone without it.

j7676

I think 3G EVDO can be Rev 0 as well? Someone please correct me if i'm wrong.

Clark143

currently and it doesn't have Rev A.

Cobra46

EVDO can be either Rev 0 or Rev A, depening on the equipment the carrier installed in the cell site. Rev 0 is an older technology that has slower upload and download speeds. New devices will probably always have Rev A since that is te newest technology until Rev C. comes out.

j7676

I agree that a new device should have Rev A, but i have heard that this will have Rev 0 and have NOT seen an official release from VS or Sprint saying otherwise. If someone has a link that would be great.

cboekhoven

Anybody know if Sprint will offer it right away with 5.0? also any clue on when sprint will release the phone to the public?

copr165

Say what you will about the Droid but in my opinion you just can't beat a Blackberry. My wife and I had old Curve, now both have Tour. I have the original Storm and recently got Storm 2. Got Droid due to all the hype and took it back 15 hours later. Blackberry's including the new Curve just look better, easier to operate and out perform all the others. For a low end smartphone new Curve 8530 looks pretty impressive. I'd buy it if I was in the market and by the way I wish my Tour had WiFi, track pad and the 5.0 software. Upgraded the software in my orginal Storm and have it in Storm 2 and man it works just GREAT!!!

estarno

I take offense at CrackBerry calling this an "entry level device." What defines an entry-level device over another model? Is there a Professional-level device, or expert level device? I could use any BlackBerry model just as easily as I could use this curve.

mankows5

Everyone has been throwing this around... And i dont like it.

It has wifi the tour doesnt. Has the track pad which i view as an upgrade. has the same processor which i feel is one of the biggest qualities.

Nobody called the 8330 an entry level device and that device was the one that made blackberry a household name.

Does it have all the features of the new bold... no but not every carrier gets the neww bold.

So i dont think this should be called an entry level device at all. It is just a smaller more durable options. (durable because the screen is not glass) The keyboard is more spread out which is great for some of us bigger handed people.

experiment 626

After seeing the "quality" of some of RIM's newer "High-End" devices I wouldn't blow off the 8530 so fast.............

Deathcommand

for us lame 8330 users
5.0 is what we want
:((

PlayaX01

WHO CARES ABOUT THE CURVE...WHERE IS VERIZON WITH MY OS 5.0 FOR MY TOUR!!!...ITS BEEN LIKE 2 YEARS WTF...UGH!

stinson5043

i am pretty sure that the tour has not been out for even 1 year let alone 2 years.

MsBlackberry9630

Oh come on! The Tour came out in July! Its only been a few months. But look at it like this, this qwerty device is being released with 5.0, 5.0 for the Tour can't be too far behind. . . .
at least thats how I help myself sleep at night :)

snowwy66

we have 5.0 for the 8330. just not carrier issued yet. what i want is program compatibility. LIKE BB APPWORLD. all the newer phones seem to have it working running unoffical 5.0. 8330 being left in the dust. storm is only phone with official 5.0 release though. but it's out there for others.

as for the 8530. the only advantage IT has is the trackball and more memory. basically it's an upgraded curve model. with same 2.0 megapixel camera.

mkurz12

Based purely on design, I think I like the new Curve 8530. Even though it doesn't have as quality a feel as the 8900, 9000, 9600 or 9700, it has a good feel. All though different, defintiely felt like a Curve more so than an 8900.

As much as I like my BB to do as much as possible I don't like carrying around something that I feel I need to baby. I never got that feeling with the 8330 but I do with my Tour.

stubbornswiss

This phone has been designated an entry level device by the manufacturers, and if one reads a bit about the history of the phone and its original intended market, one will discover why.

However, it does seem to be a nifty little phone, although its a pity they didn't include a flash with the camera. Not a problem to some, an annoyance to others!

mankows5

WHere has RIM stated it was entry level? Maybe I missed something.. I know I havnt read everyting but I have read alot. And I never never seen them say that. Kevin has said it 2-3 times in post and a few people... (mostly tour owners) have thrown it around..

But i havnt seen any company say it?

MsBlackberry9630

if it had a 3.2MP camera. I'll just keep my Tour for now. Although, I do have a Curve for work that I'd love to see if I can get upgraded.

JoeT6681

how much will it be full retail at verizon? the tour and storm 2 prices are amazingly high, i refused to pay full retail for the most recent devices...will this one be around 480 and higher?