RIM is throwing a bone to some of its loyal American fans who don’t want to wait until next year to get a new smartphone. The company on Tuesday said that Verizon will start selling the new BlackBerry Curve 9310 on July 12th for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate on a two-year service agreement. The new device is rather weak in the specs department, featuring a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 2.44-inch display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system. Even so, it’s been a long time since RIM fans in the U.S. have seen a new product announced so this will have to tide them over until BlackBerry 10 devices start dropping this coming winter.
VERIZON WIRELESS AND RIM ANNOUNCE NEW BLACKBERRY® CURVE™ 9310 SMARTPHONE
Easy-to-Use BlackBerry Smartphone with all the Tools to Stay Productive and Social
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and WATERLOO, Ontario – Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9310 smartphone, a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers.
The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a slim and easy-to-use smartphone ready to help customers make the move from a basic phone to a smartphone. It includes all the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications that let customers easily connect to the people and things that matter most to them. Running on BlackBerry 7.1, the Curve 9310 also features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM™ key for instant access to RIM’s popular mobile social network.
Facebook® and Twitter™ apps allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view.
- 3.2-megapixel camera – easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter
- VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share directions withothers
- On-device Parental Controls – customers can grant as little or as much access to the Internet, social networking and messaging as they see appropriate. Create a select list of contacts for both incoming and outgoing calls
- microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB
Pricing and availability
- The new BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting July 12 and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
- New customers who purchase the BlackBerry Curve 9310 will need to subscribe to a Share Everything plan starting at $80 monthly access for unlimited talk and text messaging and 300 MB of data. Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.