BlackBerry Curve 9315 budget phone coming to T-Mobile

T-Mobile plans to add RIM's BlackBerry Curve 9315 to its roster for $50.

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All eyes may be on RIM and its long-delayed BlackBerry 10 devices but that hasn't stopped the company from announcing that its budget handset is coming to another U.S. carrier. Slated for T-Mobile and expected to cost an affordable $49.99 (after mail-in rebate), the BlackBerry Curve 9315 will ship nationwide by January 23.

This date places the BlackBerry Curve 9315's availability just ahead of RIM's BlackBerry 10 event on January 30 . This isn't much of a deal, though, when you factor in that the phone runs outdated BlackBerry 7.1 software and that it isn't really a new gadget. A variant of the Curve 9315, the Curve 9310, is already sold by Boost Mobile and Verizon.

Additionally, the BlackBerry Curve 9315's tiny 2.44-inch screen (320x240 pixels) isn't exactly a vast canvas for enjoying Web pages, movies, or other mobile content, and its low-resolution 3.2-megapixel camera is woefully underpowered. Honestly you'd be better served springing for the Samsung Galaxy S III (16GB) for $99 (Web-only offer on T-Mobile's site through January 3). Another option is the $79.99 LG Optimus L9 that features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, dual-core processing, and a sharper 5MP camera.

 

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