Verizon Wireless and RIM Announce New BlackBerry Curve 9310 Smartphone

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By Adam Zeis on 10 Jul 2012 08:37 am
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We've seen this one rumored for a while now, and today Verizon has finally announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9310. The device first arrived on Boost Mobile a few weeks back, but now Verizon users can grab the Curve 9310 as well. The device features a 3.2MP camera, BlackBerry 7.1, VZ Navigator and more and will be available starting July 12th for $49.99 after MIB.

Press Release

Verizon Wireless and RIM Announce New BlackBerry® CurveTM 9310 Smartphone

Easy-to-Use BlackBerry Smartphone with all the Tools to Stay Productive and Social

BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 10, 2012) - Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 9310 smartphone, a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers.

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a slim and easy-to-use smartphone ready to help customers make the move from a basic phone to a smartphone. It includes all the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications that let customers easily connect to the people and things that matter most to them. Running on BlackBerry 7.1, the Curve 9310 also features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM(TM) key for instant access to RIM's popular mobile social network.

Facebook(R) and Twitter(TM) apps allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view.

Additional features:

  • 3.2-megapixel camera - easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter
  • VZ Navigator(R) capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share directions with others
  • On-device Parental Controls - customers can grant as little or as much access to the Internet, social networking and messaging as they see appropriate. Create a select list of contacts for both incoming and outgoing calls
  • microSD(TM) card slot with support for up to 32 GB


Pricing and availability


-- The new BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting July 12 and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the/> card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

-- New customers who purchase the BlackBerry Curve 9310 will need to subscribe to a Share Everything plan starting at $80 monthly access for unlimited talk and text messaging and 300 MB of data. Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their Verizon Wireless Business Sales Representative at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

28 comments

OniBerry

80 /Month!?!? Jesus that is expensive...

Sashko

And I thought I was paying a lot at $65/mo :-S

koool1

Should be free on a 2 year.

rolltide78

Can't you technically get 2 in your household for $80 a month and share both lines for the same $80? Isn't that what they are going for with share anything? If that's the case seems pretty cheap to me. Since I want a BB10 phone next year the 2 year commitment would be the killer for me. Otherwise seems like a good deal.

Blitz_Empire

Ummm....what? Boost Mobile is launching this device today for $100 OFF contract with an unlimited talk, text and data plan for $60. This is nuts.

ew800

I certainly want to see RIM doing well, however I do not think Verizon is doing RIM or their own customers any favor with this deal. To be locked in for two years at those prices... not good in my opinion.

SPACE-AGE-INC

lol "a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers". I guess...

donnation

My god, at $80/month Verizon is saying "We really don't want to sell this dinosaur, but if you want it we are going to rape you every month."

ElGusta

$80 per month for 'share everything' in which you can pool up to 10 accounts (numbers). Not outrageously priced, but this should be offered with the '9370', not the outdated speced'9310'. Why does RIM keep going backwards???

Rootbrian

RIM sing going backwards. This is a CDMA curve. Think positive and if you don't like it, don't comment, period.

ElGusta

So? The 9370 is also a cdma curve(launched earlier), which packs underwhelming specs...And now RIM feels the need to release yet another curve with even more underwhelming specs in the US market? You don't see how this is backwards?

mjgallaway

What is this? RIM's 10th curve and 5th BB7 phone released which shouldn't have been.

Maddog24g

RIM doesn't have a choice. ALL new Verizon contracts with any smart phone (including iphones and android phones) will start at $80 with this plan. If you want to blame anyone for this outrageous contract blame Verizon.

BB_Bmore

80$ a month...orrrrrrrrr,just buy it outright for 99$ and get unlimited everything, with shrinkage from boost for 55$ a month.

Hmmmmmmmm

BB_Bmore

We're is the 9350? Why is it not on more us carriers than cricket?

hispanola

Why is this even being released? Is this any better then the current Curve sold by Verizon?

khalidwalton

The 9360 by Versizon is much better than this phone. If you are looking for a Curve go with that one instead.

And Verizon is in the raping business. Unfortunately, due to the evolution of the smart phone and the fact that everyone is using data instead of voice to communicate, they could do this.

Rootbrian

I think you meant the 9370.

vel4769

It's been awhile since I've been here on CB. I come from time to time to see if anything new is developing with BB. However this phone is a crying shame even if a first time smart phone buyer purchases it. RIM shouldn't bother putting this phone out here in the US. I want to come back to BB so badly but now is definitely not the time. I guess i will have to wait for BB10 to see if it's going to be worth it.

Rootbrian

Not rims fault, it's Verizon. That blackberry was meant as a transition from a basic or feature phone, not from one smartphone to another. It's not even outdated.

ew800

Argh... I blame Verizon for this just as much, but how many more times can RIM shoot themselves in the foot....

Rootbrian

RIM isn't shooting themselves in the foot. That blackberry, if you even read the press release, for people wanting their first smartphone, after coming from a basic or feature phone.

ElGusta

People wanting their first smartphone will turn their head to the other end of the Verizon display shelf, look at the 8gb iphone 4 for only $50 more on a two year term and forget about this Blackberry 9310 forever. This is the reality.

NotGoodIMO

This doesn't look like a very good deal. This phone should be free on a two year contract with some gift cards from Verizon. This is not good for RIM at all. Mobilcity is selling the 9320 for $149, no contract, much better deal in my opinion. On a two year contract, you can get high end phones for $50. Lumia 900 is free on a 2 year contract with AT&T. To sell more phone and keep people hooked onto BlackBerry, RIM need to be much more aggressive with pricing.

all3n7

OH BOY!, PEOPLE WILL BLAME ON RIM AGAIN ABOUT THE PRICE.. WTH VERIZON..!!! THIS IS BAD, REALLY BAD, LIKE THE PHONE, NOT THE DEAL...

ADGrant

Who would pay money and commit to a 2 year contract for this phone? It's specs are ancient.