RIM intros BlackBerry Curve 3G; will launch in Verizon stores in 'coming weeks'

Summary:RIM has updated the BlackBerry Curve collection with a new 3G version set to launch on Verizon Wireless. And what else would it be called but the Curve 3G?

RIM has updated the BlackBerry Curve collection with a new 3G version set to launch on Verizon Wireless. And what else would it be called but the Curve 3G?

While this is still a basic BlackBerry model, there are some specs to be highlighted. The Curve 3G sports a 35-key QWERTY backlit keyboard, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1, GPS, a video camera, 512MB of onboard memory and a microSD/SDHC slot (expandable up to 32GB). Unfortunately, it looks like that card is sold separately.

Then there are also all of the usual BlackBerry touches like Media Sync, BBM and access to the BlackBerry app world. Users should also be able expect "easy mobile access" to popular sites like Facebook and Twitter.

[Image Gallery: BlackBerry Curve 3G]

Outfitted in two shades (charcoal and fuchsia red), the Curve 3G will launch within business sales channels first this Thursday (September 16). Thereafter, it will be released for the rest of us in Verizon stores and online in the coming weeks. Pricing is set at $29.99 following a $100 mail-in rebate and with the signing of a two-year service contract.

Topics: Mobility, BlackBerry, Smartphones, Verizon

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