AT&T have announced that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will go on sale in the US on Friday May 22nd. Priced at $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the Curve 8900 is the slimmest full-QWERTY BlackBerry to date, and packs quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE data, WiFi b/g and GPS, together with a 3.2-megapixel camera, 480 x 360 display and microSD/SDHC card slot (happy with cards up to 32GB).
Well, it looks like AT&T is the next carrier in line to get their hands on the BlackBerry Curve 8900. This latest offering will be a serious update from the 8300 model with improved specs and performance expected.
T-Mobile and Rogers already have the latest Curve, which features a 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 480 x 360 display. It also has the newest BlackBerry operating system. The AT&T version of the BlackBerry 8900 will be a tad different, however.
Specifically, it won't feature Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) support for VoIP. However, it will have AT&T Navigator, XM Radio Mobile and Yellow Pages. We don't know how much the phone will cost on AT&T, but they are likely to keep it competitive with T-Mobile, which is currently priced at $149.99 with a two-year contract. The release date is also unknown, though expected to fall within the early summer months.
If you've been clutching your penny jar, waiting anxiously to buy the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and cursing your lack of a business account with T-Mobile, it's time to breath out. The Curve 8900 is now available to all customers, not just enterprise ones, with a ticket price of $199.99 after a $200 instant-rebate (hurrah!) and a $100 mail-in one (boo hiss).
With the arguments over the BlackBerry Storm (review part 1 & 2)still raging, it's going to take a solid, dependable smartphone from RIM to settle some users down. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 on T-Mobile might just be that device: a more traditional full-QWERTY form-factor than some of RIM's recent diversions, SlashGear has been spending some time with a pre-release 8900 and have some first-impressions in advance of our full review.
As looks go, the 8900 doesn't break any new ground for RIM. Happily, the Curve family has always been blessed with handsome looks and sturdy build, and this latest device is no different. Solid and tough, it's also surprisingly light and compact, nestling well in the hand. The display is amazingly crisp, an area which RIM have been excelling in recently with both the Bold and the Storm, and the latest BlackBerry OS 4.61.114 does its usual job of making the majority of functions available from the first level of menus. The keyboard, while not as aesthetically pleasing as that of the Bold, is responsive and highly usable, with just the right amount of key spacing (in fact some of us prefer it over the Bold) and clickiness.
T-Mobile announced the BlackBerry Curve 8900 at the beginning of the month, and promised delivery in February. Someone obviously hasn't told the carrier's warehouse staff that, though, as reports are coming in of premature arrivals well in advance of the predicted February 11th release date. One of those arrivals has been caught on camera, so if you're curious as to what comes in the box and how T-Mobile have packaged it, you'll want to see this video unboxing.
Check out the T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8900 unboxing video after the cut
Official press releases has now confirmed that the BlackBerry curve 8900 will be offered by T-Mobile USA in February next month. Detail release date is not mentioned in the press releases, but according to the insider news reported on BoyGeniusReport, it should be available from February 11th.
Rogers Wireless have launched the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Although no official press release has been issued by the carrier, the smartphone has apparently been listed in the Rogers Library database. Priced from $179.99 with a three-year agreement (plus voice and data tariffs), the 8900 has both WiFi and GPS.
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RIM's new crush, the optical control pad, is slowly making its way through the company's line, and it looks as though the next handset to lose its trackball will be the BlackBerry Curve 8900. According to BerryReview you're looking at the BlackBerry Curve 8910, the most obvious change being its new navigation controller.