I think this is the first time RIM has released a phone specifically for India but it seems like the Curve 9220 is exactly that. RIM calls it the easy to use and easy to own BlackBerry Smartphone for India. It is packing OS 7.1 along with its new dedicated BBM key. This is also the first BlackBerry to ship with a built in FM Radio which is being touted as a way to listen to the radio without a data plan or services. It offers up 7 hours of talk time and up to 28 hours of music playback or FM radio listening.
RIM is also throwing in some goodies in the form of free applications for the BlackBerry Curve 9220:
As part of the launch in India, BlackBerry Curve 9220 customers can download a selection of apps from BlackBerry App World worth 2500 Rupees, for free(i). The offer is valid until June 30, 2012 and includes a wide range of apps that will roll out in a phased manner, including utilities, games and other apps. Pencil Camera, Photo Studio Pro, Horoscope Oracle – Follow Your Lucky Stars, Drive Safely Pro and Ultimate Cricket are just a few of the popular apps that will be available through this promotional offer.
The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is set to launch April 19th at authorized retailers and distributors across India. Other markets are expected to get it “in the coming weeks.” More info can be found at: in.blackberry.com/Curve