Blackberry Curve

BlackBerry Curve 9300 on sale on Rogers ahead of official unveil

BlackBerry Curve 9300 on sale on Rogers ahead of official unveil

It's no Torch but the BlackBerry Curve 9300 has gone up for sale through Canadian carrier Rogers Wireless, despite not having been officially announced by RIM themselves.  As expected, the Curve 9300 is pretty much an 8520 with a hot injection of 3G.  $79.99 - and a three-year agreement - gets you the handset, complete with a 3-megapixel camera, dual-band UMTS/HSPA, a 2.8-inch QVGA display but not, despite what Rogers' spec sheet reckons, Android 2.1 as the OS.

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Android ahead of iPhone OS in Q1 2010 US smartphone market

Android ahead of iPhone OS in Q1 2010 US smartphone market

Analysts NPD are claiming that, by their count, Android has crept past Apple to take the number two spot of most popular smartphone operating systems in the US.  Based on figures from Q1 2010, Android-based devices accounted for 28-percent of smartphone unit sales, ahead of Apple's iPhone OS at 21-percent but still lagging behind RIM's BlackBerry OS at 36-percent.

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BlackBerry Curve2 confirmed in Verizon leaked holiday line-up

BlackBerry Curve2 confirmed in Verizon leaked holiday line-up

Verizon's holiday line-up has leaked, and it includes not only a full page spread of the Android-based Motorola Droid but confirms the incoming Curve2, aka the WiFi enabled 85xx series BlackBerry Curve.  Already announced over at T-Mobile, there's no specific launch date attached to the CDMA Curve2, but we're hoping that its presence in a holiday guide indicates a release before the end of the year.

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AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale May 22nd

AT&T BlackBerry Curve 8900 on sale May 22nd

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).

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 reviewed: okay for entry-level

BlackBerry Curve 8520 reviewed: okay for entry-level

A pre-production BlackBerry Curve 8520 has fallen into the esteemed hands of CrackBerry, and they've done the honorable thing and thoroughly reviewed it.  Intended as an entry-level handset, the EDGE-only Curve 8520 - aka the BlackBerry Gemini - isn't going to impress in the smartphone playground when it comes to features, but that doesn't stop it from being quietly competent when it comes to build and hand-feel.

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AT&T set to get BlackBerry Curve 8900 in the summer

AT&T set to get BlackBerry Curve 8900 in the summer

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.

BlackBerry Curve ousts iPhone 3G from US smartphone top-spot

BlackBerry Curve ousts iPhone 3G from US smartphone top-spot

The iPhone 3G's seemingly unstoppable dominance at the top of the US smartphone sales chart has come to an end, with the BlackBerry Curve 83xx-series snatching the number one position in Q1 2009.  Smartphones make up 23-percent of handset sales; Apple and Palm both saw their smartphone share decline by 10-percent each over the course of the quarter, while RIM's share increased to almost 50-percent.

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