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MetroPCS gets smarter

MetroPCS gets its first smartphone with the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330.

The BlackBerry Curve is MetroPCS's first smartphone. MetroPCS

MetroPCS landed its first smartphone this week when it introduced the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330. The handset has all the features you'd expect from a BlackBerry device, which is to say it goes far beyond the majority of MetroPCS phones. Inside you'll find messaging and e-mail, a personal organizer, a 2-megapixel camera, a music player, 3G support, voice commands, a memory card slot, and stereo Bluetooth. Only the red model is available, but you get the same roomy keyboard.

Since MetroPCS does not require a contract, its Curve is more expensive than the Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular versions. Currently it will run you $449.

MetroPCS will require a special plan for its Curve. For $50 per month you'll get unlimited local and long distance voice calls, text and multimedia messaging, personal e-mail, GPS, and Web access. Corporate e-mail is available for an extra $10 per month and unlimited directory assistance is $2 per month.