Verizon Launches BlackBerry Curve 9330, the Curve 3G [Update]
Just as rumors suggested, Verizon has officially announced the latest device from RIM to grace its lineup, the BlackBerry Curve 9330, a.k.a. the Curve 3G. Already available on T-Mobile for $80 on contract — and rumored to be coming to Sprint — the Curve 3G will eventually replace the Curve 8530, which is currently being sold for nothing. When it begins rolling out to business customers on the 16th, this newest Curve will retail for just $30 on contract, after a $100 mail-in rebate. The device is scheduled for online and retail availability “in the coming weeks.”
Spec-wise, the 9330 offers a full QWERTY keyboard, QVGA display, 624MHz processor from Marvell, and a 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM combination. Other nice features include tri-band WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and the usual microSD slot. Although this model ships with BlackBerry OS 5, it is said to be upgradable to OS 6, which is currently only officially available on the BlackBerry Torch. Verizon promises to push out this upgrade “in the coming months.”
Update: And just like that, CrackBerry is reporting that OS 6 has already leaked out for the 9330, ready to be flashed immediately after device purchase.