RIM announces entry level BlackBerry Curve 3G

RIM's BlackBerry Curve line has been very popular with first time smartphone buyers and the upcoming Curve 3G continues that model. It will be available sometime in August from T-Mobile and other carriers around the world.

Last week we heard about the RIM BlackBerry Torch 9800 and BB 6 and first thing today we hear from T-Mobile USA and RIM about the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300). The BlackBerry Curve has been an outstanding value smartphone for RIM and has been successful on US wireless carriers so it is natural that a successor comes to us from RIM. The Curve 3G will be available in violet and grey. The Curve 3G ships with BB 5, but is BB 6 ready and will be upgraded over the coming months after carriers have authorized the update.

The BB Curve 3G is an entry level smartphone with full QWERTY, optical trackpad, WiFi, GPS, microSD card slot, 2 megapixel camera, and 320x240 pixel resolution display. I imagine this will be priced in the $99 range since the high powered smartphone standard is now $199.99 and this new model is definitely not a high end smartphone. It will be available sometime this month from T-Mobile and other carriers around the world.