Today, RIM introduced the latest version of its entry-level Curve series. Available in Canada later this month and shipping to other carriers worldwide starting in September, the new BlackBerry Curve will come in three models: the CDMA-only BlackBerry Curve 9350, the GSM/UMTS BlackBerry Curve 9360, and the dual-mode GSM/CDMA BlackBerry Curve 9370.
Designed for those looking for a more affordable smartphone option or for people making the jump from a feature phone, the Curve offers a more entry-level set of features than its bigger brother, the Bold. This includes a 2.44-inch, 480x360 display, an 800MHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and NFC support. Both the Curve 9350 and 960 have 512MB internal storage, while the Curve 9370 has 1GB of internal storage.
The trio will all run BlackBerry OS 7, which brings better graphics, a faster WebKit browser, and a number of preloaded applications, including Documents to Go Premium, BlackBerry Protect, and the latest version of BBM.
Pricing and carrier support for the Curve 9360 and 9370 were not announced at this time, but Sprint revealed that it will begin offering the Curve 9350 on September 9 for $79.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.