Alltel has just realeased the BlackBerry Curve 8530. It’s only $39.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and the really cool part of this deal is that you only have to sign up to a one-year contract. If you are one of the few still left on Alltel, this is a great deal at a great price.
BlackBerry Curve 8530
Telus has just released that BlackBerry Curve 8530. It will set you back $49.99 on a 3-year plan. You can also get the Telus BlackBerry Storm 8530 for $249.99 on a 2-year plan and $349.99 on a 1-year activation.
Word on the street is that RadioShack, or, The Shack, as they like to think of themselves these days, is now carrying the Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530. You can pick it up for $29.99 on a new 2-year Sprint Everything plan with data or $49.99 on an upgrade.
This is a really good deal on a really good smartphone. It’s also one of the reasons that I am certain that Apple, with their current model of selling iPhones, will never dominate the U.S. smartphone market, although many an iPhone user already thinks Apple does… I digress, however, and will leave that for another post.
Even though Sprint didn’t offer up a release date when they officially announced the BlackBerry Curve 8530, RIM’s first full QWERTY CDMA BlackBerry with Wi-Fi, many expected it to come out in mid-December just in time for the holidays. According, however, to an Into Mobile source, the sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530 won’t hit shelves until next year.
Last we heard, the Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8530 was rumored to launch on December 18th, but new information has landed in our inbox indicating that the handset will go live on January 10th of next year (2010).
As many of you may already know, memory has been a point of contention for BlackBerry users for quite some time. To get straight to the point, there simply isn’t enough of it. Sure, the newest devices have 16 gig media cards and 2 gigs of internal memory, but, you really only have 256 MB of application space. Once you factor in the OS you are probably only talking about a 100 MB or so from which to install and run applications and if you don’t have a BlackBerry Storm2 or better, the problem is dramatically worse.
The big hit at the BlackBerry Developer’s Conference this week was OpenGL ES which brings 3D graphics support to BlackBerry applications. Starting with the BlackBerry Storm2 and the BlackBerry Curve 8530, developers are going to deliver applications and games that rival what you see on the the iPhone. The problem for RIM, however, is that 3D graphics take up space. They take up a lot of space and the BlackBerrys antiquated way of handling memory is going to be a huge bottleneck.
BlackBerry App World’s ability to archive rarely used applications and store them on your media card allowing you to reclaim that precious application memory is great feature, but, it gets really old really quick when you have do it with apps you use regularly simply because you are out of memory.
RIM needs to fix this…
We don’t expect that it will be too long before the Verizon BlackBerry Curve 8530 gets officially announced seeing how accessories for the device are already starting to appear in Verizon stores.
The hottest device coming out of Research in Motion right now is the BlackBerry Bold 9700. The hottest news coming out of Research in Motion is OpenGL (3D graphics) support. The BlackBerry Bold 970o, unfortunately, doesn’t support OpenGL.
The question to you is does the Bold 9700 still sound just as hot?
According to a screen grab of Verizon’s internal inventory system, the BlackBerry Curve 8530, Verizon’s first CDMA BlackBerry with Wi-Fi, will come in two colors. You can never go wrong with a black BlackBerry and it looks like the BlackBerry Curve 8530 will come in lavender as well.
Chances are that you’ve heard about the BlackBerry Curve 8520 set to launch on T-Mobile August 5th. You may have even known that a CDMA version, the BlackBerry Curve 8530, is headed to Verizon later this year. What you may not have known, however, is that the BlackBerry Curve 8530 will have Wi-Fi.
- 320×240 resolution screen
- 1xRTT, EV-DO
- QWERTY keyboard
- 2 megapixel camera
- OS 5.0
- Wi-Fi b,g
This falls in line with rumors that the BlackBerry Tour will be the last CDMA BlackBerry not to sport Wi-Fi.