Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion launch the all new BlackBerry Curve 3G

By Bla1ze on 14 Sep 2010 09:21 am EDT
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BlackBerry Curve 3G 

We've known this was coming for a while now and today is the day. Verizon and Research In Motion have just announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 3G for the Verizon network. The brand new BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available in business sales channels beginning Sept. 16. After that, it will be available for purchase online and in stores in the coming weeks. The device will sell for $29.99 with a new two year agreement after rebates, plus data plan. You can hit the jump for the full press release. Also, as noted in the press release the BlackBerry Curve 3G for Verizon will come in Charcoal and Fuschia red color variations and is most certainly BlackBerry 6 capable. Be sure to check out full review of the GSM version  available here.

Verizon Wireless and RIM Launch a New Model of the Popular BlackBerry Curve 3G Smartphone

BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced a new 3G addition to the popular BlackBerry Curve family of smartphones. Running on the nation's largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, the new BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 3G smartphone (model 9330) will be available in business sales channels beginning Sept. 16. It will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.

Colors: Charcoal or Fuchsia Red

Key features and specifications:

  • Stylish new design (4.3" x 2.4" x .55" and 3.7 oz.) with face finished in a mirror-like trim; black, soft-touch sides; and textured back for a comfortable, secure feel in the hand.
  • 35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard for fast, accurate typing and optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation. 
  • Dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the smartphone, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go
  • BlackBerry(R) Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos with the smartphone
  • 512 MB Flash memory and microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage 
  • Built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based applications, including VZ Navigator(R), which provides audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and the option to share the directions with others 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi(R) (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web, instant message with BBM(TM) (BlackBerry(R) Messenger), and share location with friends on popular social networking sites 
  • Camera with video recording (requires a separately sold microSD card) 
  • Industry-leading BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities
  • Easy mobile access to Facebook(R), Twitter(TM), MySpace(TM) and Flickr(R) as well as popular instant messaging services
  • Support for BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth(R) (2.1)

BlackBerry(R) 6 ready:

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone ships with BlackBerry(R) 5 and is BlackBerry(R) 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry(R) smartphones that retains the trusted features that distinguish the BlackBerry brand while delivering a fresh and engaging experience that is both powerful and easy to use. BlackBerry 6 is expected to be available for the BlackBerry Curve 3G, upon network certification, in the coming months.

Pricing and availability:

The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone (model 9330) will be available in business sales channels on Sept. 16, and it will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. 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. To learn more about the new BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone, visit www.blackberry.com/curve3G. For more information about BlackBerry 6, go to www.blackberry.com/6.

Reader comments

Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion launch the all new BlackBerry Curve 3G

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What the FUCK! Seriously? Why would verizon even have this piece of junk phone, let alone not have it ship with os 6! Makes no sense. I am about ready to give up on blackberry.

for your foul language It is not necessary. There are younger readers on this site. An intelligent person doesn't have to use foul language.

I love the design on this thing. I hope those of you who are still holding on to your Curve 8330s make the jump soon.

Ugh.. I was able to play with this phone in-store (Tmobile) this past weekend. What a shame! My 8900's screen is 10x better than the screen in the 9300. And the camera is worse, with no flash! This is obviously a device that RIM plans on many people having (both single users and businesses), why would they put out such an inferior product?? For those who pick this up as their first BB, after a year they will dread it and may not return as a customer. Poor decision making RIM.

I have been using one for a few weeks now.
It definitely feels like a "cost reduction" but it is OK.
OS5 so browser still is literally unusable (in particular if you have tasted iPhone or Android). Reasonable snappy in general. But I have had to do battery pulls. Boot time is not anywhere near the length of a Storm for example, but again a bit too long.

If you want a cheap device that works good as a phone and you can read emails on then it is probably OK. But frankly the cost of the data plan is a consideration. So why I ask would I pay for a plan to use this phone on? When I can get a Droid for $100-$200 (based on coupons, contracts, etc.) that has a big screen, great performance, does not need reboot/battery pulls, software is great, does all this does plus a ton more, etc., etc.

Looking at the service plan cost -- this phone makes no sense to me...I might as well just get a feature phone and save some $$$

YES...it IS a mistake NOT to PRE-load OS6 on this phone...UNLESS you're ON CrackBerry.com you are WAITING on the PROMISE of Verizon SOMEDAY releasing it...ALL new BB's should ALREADY have OS6 or just NOT be released

Yes, RIM will get bashed again. Hopefully all these "mistakes" are because they are preoccupied with a new operating system and new devices that'll get them back on track.

I actually really like my 9800, but I have to admit that visually and performance wise it isn't at the cutting edge.

"YES...it IS a mistake NOT to PRE-load OS6 on this phone...UNLESS you're ON CrackBerry.com you are WAITING on the PROMISE of Verizon SOMEDAY releasing it...ALL new BB's should ALREADY have OS6 or just NOT be released"

William Shatner? Is that you?

you have to be kidding with this phone. It is already obsolete. How ancient is this phone going to be after a two-year contract is up?

Bad mistake wasting an upgrade on this.

If you are using the Curve Javelin and can't move up to the Bold or the Torch, then just stick with your Curve. Upgrade it to OS5.0.0.822 and you are much happier.

All of your comments about this phone being obsolete is sort of true. Except for the fact that my fiance and many other people I know love the curve keyboard, dont care a thing about screen resolution, and just use the phone for calls, text, and email. Which the Curve does just as good as any other BB. Its junkies like me and the crackberry community that think this phone is no good. there are plenty of customers for this phone. CB community is just not it.

OK. So your friends just need calls, text and email.
But they are paying a lot of cash for the service/email/data plans. So why the heck not get a device that can take advantage of that as much as possible?

Makes no sense to me.

You mean if I have a 4" screen and can have navigation I will not use it? Or if I want to check the web and have a great browser I will not use it? On and on and on...

Again anyone who has not done the math on the cost of the service contract and come to a conclusion that this is a bad deal needs to do that math.

Yes..do the math..please. If they already are on a service/email/data plan, and are happy with it, why would they necessarily want to shell out $200 for a phone with which they will have to root/spend alot of time making it similiar to a phone they currently use now. Especially if they can spend $30 and be happy just to text/email/BBM etc, with the occasional web browse thrown in.

Hmmm...$30 vs $200. Without ANY changes to existing plans...Duuurrrr..do the math.

First you can get a newest model Android for less than $200 if you do a bit of shopping. Got a Droid X for $129 + tax, no activation or other fees. So yes it was then around $125 more.

Not sure why you would want to make it "similar" to the Curve 3G as it already does some much more and so much better. There is no need to "root it" - you do not know what you are talking about. Better yet I have not had to reboot due to freeze, reboot install App or Battery pull.

Occasional web browse - yuck - thing is useless, so it would be occasional alright :-)

So data plan on Verizon costs either $30 or $45 per month or $720 / $1080 per 2 year contract. Gee that is a lot more dough than the cost of the phone...

But I guess you cannot do that math. Your equation is buy the service and save a bit on phone and get a lot less value. Gee makes a ton of sense to me ???

Your theory makes a hell of a lot of sense to me. I'm using a Bold 9650 on Verizon and the browsing SUCKS!!!!! Way to damn slow even with the WiFi. Not to mention the tiny ass screen. But I still have to pay the same for my data plan as a couple friends of mine who are using Android phones and can do almost everything a freaking PC can do. Trust me when I say that when my contract is up and RIM hasn’t come out with something that can compete with the Androids I WILL BE dropping my BlackBerrys and jumping on the Android band wagon and never looking back!!

But public opinion shows that RIM is dying. I so wanted to see a bright future with them. But everyone I talk to that has a BlackBerry is wanting an iPhone or an Android. And people with cheap dumb phones think nothing of BlackBerry.... I feel like some kind of fanboy for still having love for BlackBerry. I even have hope for this device that maybe just maybe they used a little more expensive brushed plastic around the screen and there are no hideous gaps between the keyboard and said plastic.... But I know those are just pipe dreams... And did somebody say the external screen on the 9670 Style was going to be touchscreen watch the RIM tutorial videos for the 9670 and there is absolutely no mention of the external small screen being touch capable.... RIM please I love you stop killing yourself with corparate greed!!

But this is a great fit for corporate customers who need a phone easy to use and good battery life.

FWIW not everyone you talk to wants an iphone or Android. I'll keep my S2 thank you.

I talk to them everyday...in mass there could be an avalanche of switch overs to iPhone/Android. This phone does nothing to change thinking. BES is holding many...but that hook is increasingly on shaky ground as well.

I'm thrilled to see Verizon is getting the 9330 and I hope Sprint will have it soon. Nope, it's not like a 9650, but it also costs less, has the Curve keyboard, and is noticeably lighter. Coming from a Pearl 8130, I think I'll be more than satisfied with the 9330. If the 9330 weren't on the horizon, I'd go for the 8530 and I know it would meet my needs.

Why would they have a Curve like the 8330(which also had a serious flaw where the transflash card was directly under the battery which meant if you had a reason to take it out then you would end up doing a reset with your phone) with a flash and then remove it for all later models? This tells me that they are confused about what the market wants: A consumer will never always take a picture where a flash is not needed. I think the current phones that RIM is putting out might be them saying we need to put something out for the Fall line to appease consumers until the 4g phones are made. That is just my opinion along with hope that the 4g phones are up to snuff. Also I feel that the Torch series should replace the Storm series on Verizon.

I may be a little late with this question, but what is the difference between the Curve 8530 (which I have now through Verizon) and the new Curve 3g?

Other than being slightly updated with more memory, Wireless-N (even though it doesn't say that above but has been mentioned before it's release), and the ability to be upgraded to BB6, nothing much that I can tell.

You know, I was about to ask that question till I scanned and saw your question. I really don't see any glaring differences other than internal upgrades. If there was no caption, I would've said this was an 8530. But wait, isn't the 8530 "3G" also? So this "new" BB is called a 3G Curve? Maybe if they had just stuck with adding on numbers to the original series, this would be less confusing. Hmm..

The upgraded memory and the ability to handle OS6 is the difference. Plus 85xx are CDMA, 93xx are GSM.

Now that the curve has 512MB RAM, what distinguishes this from the bold 9650 besides form factor? Were the other curves not 3G?

9650 has better screen (by a mile), better keyboard, better processor, better camera, better form factor

Also, not sure if new Curve will work with charging pods, but 8530 would not.

Actually the processor on the 9330 & the 9650 are the same @ 624MHZ & if you were using a CDMA Curve then yes they were 3G, GSM Curves didn't have it.

They don't both have 624. To my understanding, the blackbery 9700 has 624. But the bold has a slightly olderone because the cortex whatever wouldn't be compatible with CDMA.

The 9650 supports REV A which is a notch above REV O. I heard this in a crackberry podcast.

I could of sworn I heard the 9650 had a 624MHZ processor but thanks for clearing that up. Whatever the case, RIM is giving us half ass devices. We have the 9330 with 512MB RAM & the hardware is years old with no flash...WTH

Is the 8900 TOO GOOD to be called a Curve? Since when does a series line update with LESS features? The 93xx Curves have a lot of potential but it's going to waste. What a shame........This is why RIM is losing to Android. Unless I needed a lot of Apps on my BB I'd still keep my 8330.

Exactly, the logical incremental upgrade is an 8900 with trackpad, more memory, better processor.

The screen and camera from 8900 blow 9300-30 away.

I understand that RIM wants the Bold line to be their flagship BB series but why must they treat the Curve line like the Yugo of RIM's lineup? I really wished at the time they would have released an 8930 for Verizon.

Less features but better internal specs than the 8900...this is so half ass. RIM seems to have no idea what consumers want! We want better hardware & better specs...stop trying to pacify us with half ass BS!!!!

I just bought a Curve 8530 when they were released about 5 months ago or so. It has 3g. What exactly (aside from the chromed edges) is the difference between the Curve2 8530 and Curve 3g?

Why the hell is the 9300 shipping with 256 and the 9330 shipping with 512 on memory. That is crap. Finally gracing the GSM Curve with 3G is does not justify the memory difference.

Looks like i will continue to rock my old 8330, track ball and all. I do like the top media buttons and the overall design, but I agree there is a ton of wasted potential screen space. Camera with no flash? no thanks.

Love how they put the media controls on top. Looks like a great entry level device for people looking to get a blackberry.

Dont know if anybody asked this yet but How come RIM isnt releasing all phones with OS6. only the torch .If its OS6 ready why not just release it with it already on the phone, whats the big deal. Or are torch users just test rats lol if you know what i mean...and why does at&t get to release with it first. why didnt the torch come with another operating system but OS6 ready also???

...did you read the article?

"•Built-in Wi-Fi(R) (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web...."

And for everyone out there wondering, 802.11n is not listed for a reason. According to na.blackberry.com, the 9300 snagged Wireless N, while the 9330 got the 512 memory. I guess they just couldn't include both in BOTH devices...

Also, where is everyone seeing the listing for a 6** processor? I was betting this would have the 524 or whatever from the Tour, and I believe the Bold 9650.

It's $29.99. That's why. Perfect pricepoint, and a LOT of power for that amount. Any more features and it'd be blurry between the 9330/9650.

Messaging/Email/Twitter/Facebook/Web (OS6) will be zippy enough, and the people will love it.

Now come on and release the Storm 2x (or whatever), and of course RELEASE THE CRACKEN (OS6 on 9650)!!! This will give us a nice Verizon Blackberry holiday line-up with the 9330, Storm 2x, and 9650 all running OS6.

just moved to France for a year. Want bbm as its super useful when im a continent away from Canada. 9700 is 100euro more and i think they are tossing in another 30 euro savings. so that is a 150 or so $ savings on a 1 yr contract.

android phones are about 200$ and iphones a woping 400$ both 1 yr contracts. Won't be getting the touch for at least 6 months here. I like the idea around some of these android phones but being away bbm is keeping me on blackberry.

Did you know, the bbm is all school, now there is to many option even better than bbm, like whatsapp. this messenger service is way better, and now connect, blackberries, iphones, droids, nokias, so get off of that dinosaur and get technology don't stay attach to the blackberry because the bbm.

you download that app. and your friend, only need to have your info in the contact book, no pin and nothing else..

i thought the Curve 8530 already operated on Verizon's 3G network. *edit* just scanned through the comments. what gives, RIM?

i don't see the point in calling it a Curve 3G for Verizon, when the curve 8530 already uses the 3G network. oh well.

Im so sick of all the Blackberry snobs who keep bashing the Curve 8530 and now the 9330. No one is forcing you to get this phone. There are higher end Blackberries available, if the features on this one are "dated" get a storm 2 or a Bold 9650. Personally I love the 8530 and the 9330 will be very comparable. I have Sprint and when I switched from ATT(the worst carrier in the world) I originally got the 9650. I had previously played around with a friends 8530 but read all the bullshit about how it was only an entry level device and that a real blackberry user would want a Bold. After about 3 days of the Bold I exchanged it for a 8530 and have never regretted it. Sure the 9650 had a nicer resolution and camera flash, but thats it! 8530 kills it in music player controls, battery and the overall size is much better than the bulky 9650. All im saying is if you want an 8mp camera and a high def screen on your phone then get a Droid X. Blackberry doesnt care that they are still putting out phones with 2-5 mp cameras while Droid is putting 8mp cameras on their devices. Quit bashing RIM they know what they are doing. They are making cost effective devices for the average consumer. They are selling the shit out of them and people love them. So all this talk about RIM is dead, and they are clueless about what people want is non sense.

I love my 8530...I don't get THIS "3G" Curve...lets stop wasting time on phones that are SLIGHT upgrades to phones ALREADY available...MY QUESTION IS THIS?...how much are your Levis...Shatner RULES!!!