BlackBerry Curve 9320 with BBM button is just £140

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is stuffed with social network features and the latest BlackBerry 7.1 software, at a very appealing price.

Curvy is the new skinny, so I hear. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is stuffed with social network features, instant BBM access and the latest BlackBerry 7.1 OS software -- but you won't need a fat wallet to make it yours.

The phone is packed with features that appeal to young BlackBerry-ers. Not only is it available for pocket money, but there's also a dedicated BlackBerry Messenger button right in the middle of the phone that instantly fires up the hugely popular free IM app. Apps for Facebook and Twitter are already aboard too.

You can keep your finger on the pulse with a social app that puts RSS headlines, social network updates and instant messages in one view.

Meanwhile, parents who are worried about their kids can use the new Parental Controls feature built into the phone to help protect children by restricting access to individual functions and applications.

Other features include a 3.2-megapixel camera with a flash and video recording. You get a respectable 7 hours of time spent making calls, or up to 30 hours of listening to music, either from your MP3 library or the FM radio.

The battery life is pretty astonishing if true, promising up to 18 days on standby.

If you're wedded to your physical keyboard and your BBM friends list, the Curve 9320 is a cheap and long-lasting option. But if you'd rather have apps, games and a big screen for web browsing and movies, then there are plenty of Android phones for similarly friendly prices.

T-Mobile will give you a free 9320 if you pay £15.50 per month for two years. Three will sell you the phone for £140. Other deals will follow, with the emphasis on deals -- this is one competitively priced blower.

What do you think of the BlackBerry Curve 9320? Solid bargain or bargain basement? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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