Update 2:  The Verizon BlackBerry Curve Ships Friday, May 9th.

Update: The Verizon BlackBerry Curve Has Been Officially Announced!

Now that Verizon has officially announced that the BlackBerry 8830 will be available just a few months after the release of the BlackBerry 8800 on Cingular, we know that they can get things done without taking the better part of a year. The BlackBerry 8830, however, is a business device and business BlackBerry users live in Verizon’s wheel house.

The big question for me is how long will it take for Verizon to release the BlackBerry Curve? Might the Verizon CDMA BlackBerry Curve follow just a few months behind the GSM version or will the company with the nation’s best network revert back to their usual year long lag behind?

Research in Motion announced the BlackBerry Curve differently than they have devices to come before it. The Curve was announced carrier unbranded. We can only assume that RIM didn’t offer a period of exclusivity to any one carrier opting possibly for a bigger payday by allowing all carriers to come out with the BlackBerry Curve relatively around the same time.

If this is the case the only thing really holding Verizon back is the porting the BlackBerry Curve over from GSM to CDMA, a task that RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis says can be done quickly, so, I ask the question again. How long will it take Verizon to release the BlackBerry Curve?

Verizon BlackBerry Curve