The Curve 3G on T-Mobile is a nice 'Berry that's upgradable to OS 6. Apparently the Curve 3G on Verizon is a bargain since Big Red says they're selling it for 29.99. Nice.
The Curve 3G has the traditional QWERTY slab BlackBerry design, the usual solid keyboard and midrange smartphone specs since this is a midrange BlackBerry.
The Curve 3G 9330 will be available Sept. 16 in business channels and it will be available online and in Verizon stores in the coming weeks. The price is $29.99 with a 2 year contract after a $100 rebate.
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 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, 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 (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 (BlackBerry 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, Twitter, MySpace and Flickr as well as popular instant messaging services
Support for BlackBerry App World 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 (2.1) BlackBerry 6 ready:
The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone ships with BlackBerry 5 and is BlackBerry 6 ready. BlackBerry 6 is a new operating system for BlackBerry 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.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview