Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530 Arrives For $50

Sprint's latest BlackBerry, the Curve 8530, has finally gone on sale.  Announced as heading to the network back in November, we now know the Sprint Curve 8530 is priced at $49.99 after the usual mail-in rebate; that gets you a full QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad and a 2-megapixel camera.

There's also EVDO Rev.A, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1, along with GPS and external multimedia controls.  A microSD slot allows for up to 32GB cards and there's a regular 3.5mm headphones jack and a 1,150mAh battery good for up to 5.4hrs of talktime.

That $50 price undercuts Verizon's version of the handset by 50-percent, so if you're looking for a bargain BlackBerry Sprint may be the way to go.  Of course, you'll have a two-year agreement, voice and data package and all the rest on top of that.

Press Release:

BlackBerry Curve 8530

New again, slimmer, updated and faster

The new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 Smartphone offers a lightweight, updated design, slimmer profile, rounded edges and faster processor than its predecessor, which makes it even more attractive to the customer who needs productivity features like email, calendar and contact synchronization, but wants advanced multimedia, social networking and downloadable applications. It includes a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and dedicated multimedia keys for quick and easy navigation. It offers a 2.0-megapixel camera with video capture, MicroSD card expandable memory up to 32 GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® 2.1 and boasts dedicated applications for a smoothly integrated social networking experience with Facebook®, MySpace™ and Flicker™. Sprint will also offer BlackBerry App World preloaded giving customers access to thousands of applications.

PRODUCTIVITY:

BlackBerry® Push Technology supports for up to 10 business and personal email accounts and corporate email systems

Integrated Attachment Viewing offers the ability to download, view and edit Word and Excel compatible files, rehearse PowerPoint presentations anywhere; consult important PDFs on the go

2.0 MP picture and video capture and up to 5x optical zoom

256 MB RAM memory

Expandable memory up to 32 GB with MicroSD card

Full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad navigation makes scrolling easier

External multimedia controls

Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)

Integrated GPS

Voice-Activated Dialing allows you to look up contacts, place phone calls and access key information from the device

Speakerphone for easy hands-free operation

Basic productivity tools to view and update the calendar, schedule appointments, check the task list and more while on the go

ENTERTAINMENT:

BlackBerry App World bringing together a broad mix of free and paid thousands of personal and business applications in a wide-range of application categories

Social networking with Facebook®, MySpace™ and Flicker™

Sprint Navigation with turn-by-turn driving directions

Sprint TV® with an extensive selection of live and on-demand programming

Sprint Music StoreSM allowing users to wirelessly download full-length songs directly to their phone

Sprint NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile

Media player with BlackBerry Media Sync, Roxio® Media Manager, so users can play downloaded music, video and audio files

3.5 mm headset jack

Bluetooth 2.1 for hands-free, short-range wireless communication using a Bluetooth headset and wireless uploading/downloading to or from a computer2, with Bluetooth Stereo capabilities

SPECIFICATIONS:

Operating System: BlackBerry OS 5.0

Dimensions: 4.29 inches (109 mm) x 2.36 inches (60 mm) x 0.55 inches (13.88mm)

Display: 1.5 inch x 2 inch, 320x240 LCD Screen

Weight: 3.9 ounces (110 grams)

Battery Specifications: 1150 mAh lithium ion

Talk Time: Up to 5.4 hours continuous talk time