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AT&T launches Wi-Fi-enabled RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320

AT&T releases the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320 with integrated Wi-Fi and free AT&T hot spot access.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320

It's not quite the BlackBerry Curve 8900 (aka BlackBerry Javelin) everyone was hoping for but on Tuesday, AT&T added a new BlackBerry to its lineup: the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8320. The smartphone, which comes in a sapphire blue color, is available for purchase now online and through the carrier's business sales channels for $149.99 with a two-year contract and after a mail-in rebate, but won't be in stores till early 2009.

A little late to the game but like the T-Mobile variant, the Curve 8320 for AT&T features integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) and with an unlimited corporate or personal BlackBerry service plan, you get free access to AT&T's 17,000 nationwide Wi-Fi hot spots. You also get a full HTML Web browser and the DataViz Documents to Go software suite, which weren't included on the T-Mobile version. Other goodies include Bluetooth 2.0, a 2-megapixel camera with video recording, and support for AT&T Music and push-to-talk capabilities.

Now, for those of you wondering about the BlackBerry Curve 8900, I haven't heard anything specific about a U.S. release. It has received FCC approval and the smartphone has launched in Canada through Rogers Wireless, so a release seems imminent. We'll, of course, keep you updated as we find out more information. Trust me, as a BlackBerry Curve 8310 owner looking for an upgrade, I'm just as interested as you are, if not more.