Verizon just made the BlackBerry Curve 8530 we all knew about official. The device will be coming on Nov 20th to Verizon and will add to their BlackBerry device catalog making another splash with Wi-Fi AND GPS. The inclusion of GPS on the 8520 really makes it stand out.
The device will be available on Nov. 20 for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement with a BlackBerry plan. Sadly the device will also come with no memory card.
Anybody else notice that there is no mention of OS 5.0? I have been hearing confirmed reports that the 8520 will NEVER be getting OS 5.0 and this oversight in the 8530 announcement does not bode well with me.
Check out the full press release below or at this link.
Verizon Wireless Introduces the BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone
New Smartphone Features 3G Connectivity, Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS, Touch-Sensitive Trackpad and Dedicated Media Keys
BASKING RIDGE, NEW JERSEY and WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Nov. 5, 2009) – Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® CurveTM 8530 smartphone, an exciting new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones. The slim BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone gives customers access to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.
Available colors: Black and Smoky Violet
– Easy-to-use, highly tactile, full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad for reliable, responsive typing and navigation
– 256 MB flash memory and 528 MHz next generation processor for enhanced performance
– Supports voice-activated dialing and Bluetooth® (version 2.1), with support for hands-free headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals
– 3G-enabled (EV-DO)
– Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
– GPS with support for location-based applications, including geotagging pictures and Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator(SM) service
– 2.0 megapixel digital camera with zoom and video recording(i)
– Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, plus BlackBerry® Media Sync, which makes it easy to quickly sync music from your computer to the smartphone(ii)
– Access to BlackBerry App WorldTM, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry® smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, social networking and sharing, news and weather, productivity and much more
– Access to e-mail, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace)
– Rich multimedia capabilities, including dedicated media keys smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, giving customers an easy, convenient way to control their music and videos
– Support for BlackBerry services with access to up to 10 supported e-mail accounts, including most popular ISP e-mail accounts such as Yahoo!®, Windows LiveTM Hotmail®, AOL® and Gmail, and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support, which provides advanced security and IT administration features for corporate deployments
– Expandable memory via hot swappable microSDTM/SDHC memory card slot, supporting up to 16 GB cards today and expected to support next generation 32 GB cards when available
Pricing and availability:
– The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is expected to be available from Verizon Wireless beginning Nov. 20 for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan.
– For information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
(i) Video recording requires microSD card, sold separately
(ii) Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies