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BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK

BlackBerry Curve 8520 gets official: T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK

RIM have officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8520, the handset formerly known as the BlackBerry Gemini.  Set to land on both T-Mobile USA and Vodafone UK next month, the Curve 8520 is the company's latest non-3G smartphone, complete with a full hardware QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad for navigation and a 2-megapixel camera.

There's also a 320 x 240 display, Bluetooth and WiFi.  A microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack round out the specifications, while the battery is good for 4.5hrs of talktime or 17 days of standby.  While many may scoff at the absence of high-speed cellular connectivity, the success of other 2.5G BlackBerry handsets such as the Curve 8900 shows there's still a demand for straightforward, solid messaging-centric smartphones.

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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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SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

SmartQ 5 MID specs & photos emerge: just $132

Further details on the Moses SmartQ 5 MID have emerged, together with live photos.  The 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen mobile internet device - first spotted back in February - is now known to have a 667MHz ARM11 processor, 1GB of internal storage (of which 256MB is available to the user) and an SD slot for cards up to 32GB in size.  The SmartQ 5 is also compatible with EDGE USB modems, thanks to USB-host connectivity.

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Zer01 Mobile details emerge: multiple carrier agreements

Zer01 Mobile details emerge: multiple carrier agreements

Further details of Zer01 Mobile's VoIP service have emerged, suggesting that the carrier will not only use AT&T's network, as first reported, but has interconnect agreements with several US carriers.  The $69.99 monthly fee gets unlimited calling in the US and unlimited data; a further $10 per month adds unlimited international calls to 40 destinations.

 

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