AT&T took some time this morning to announce the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is coming soon. The Curve 8520 is the entry level BlackBerry, featuring optical trackpad, Wi-Fi, GPS, along with dedicated music keys, and a 2.0 megapixel camera, without flash. The Curve 8520 is expected to launch in the “coming weeks” for $99.99 with two year term. Keep an eye on AT&T’s website for availability. Skip on over for the full press release from AT&T…
New BlackBerry Curve 8520 Joins AT&T Smartphone Lineup
AT&T’s Great-Value Smartphone Features Global Access, Slick Design, Robust Capability, Trackpad, Media Keys for Easy Access to Music and Entertainment, Preloaded Facebook and Myspace
Dallas, Texas, November 16, 2009
AT&T*, the choice for twice as many smartphone customers than any other carrier and the first U.S. carrier to offer BlackBerryÂ® service, announced today it will introduce the best value in its BlackBerry smartphone portfolio with the addition of the BlackBerryÂ®Curveâ„¢ 8520 from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX:RIM).The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a stylish, easy-to-use, compact smartphone offering the best value for consumer and business customers looking for BlackBerry service. The smartphone features a full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad for easy typing and navigation, built-in Wi-FiÂ® and an advanced media player, plus dedicated media keys, smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, for a convenient way to control music and videos. The handset also provides global connectivity via phone, email, text, IM, picture messaging and social networking, with FacebookÂ®and My Space applications preloaded.
The sleek, new device houses a high-resolution 320×240 display a 512 MHz processor, 256 MB of Flash memory, and a 2 megapixel camera equipped with video recording.
â€œAT&T was the first choice for BlackBerry in the U.S. and we continue to expand our offering of BlackBerry products to suit the different needs of business and personal users,â€ said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. â€œThe BlackBerry Curve 8520 offers the best value by combining the essential features of a BlackBerry smartphone with access to AT&Tâ€™s network, which includes best coverage worldwide, as well as the nationâ€™s largest Wi-Fi network.â€
AT&T users of the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 can enjoy access to the nationâ€™s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots â€” including approximately 7,000 Starbucks locations. As with all other Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry smartphones from AT&T, BlackBerry Curve 8520 users with a qualifying data plan, which includes all consumer BlackBerry unlimited data plans, get seamless and unlimited access to these domestic hotspots at no additional cost. When traveling outside the U.S., BlackBerry Curve 8520 users can enjoy the best coverage worldwide with wireless voice coverage in more than 215 countries and wireless data coverage in more than 185 countries.
Mobile users will enjoy great battery life, simultaneous voice and data capabilities when using Wi-Fi, and the ability to access up to 10 corporate and personal email accounts whether they are corporate or personal accounts. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 also affords users the ability to edit MicrosoftÂ® Word, ExcelÂ® and PowerPointÂ® files with DataVizÂ®Documents to GoÂ®suite.
“The new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a great choice for first-time smartphone users and offers easy-to-use messaging, social networking and multimedia features with a full-QWERTY keyboard that makes typing fast and comfortable,” said Carlo Chiarello, vice president, product management, Research In Motion.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone will be available in the coming weeks for $99.99 after mail-in rebate. (Pay $199.99 and receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card. 2-year agreement on a min. $69.99 plan required.) AT&T smartphones require the purchase of a monthly data plan. Other monthly charges apply. See below.â€
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1 Smartphone customer satisfaction claim based on independent survey data from Nielsen2 Coverage not available in all areas. Other terms and conditions apply.3 Video recording requires microSD memory card, sold separately.4 International roaming: Special credit & tenure restrictions & addâ€™l charges may apply. Calling to & from certain countries may be blocked & change without notice. See wireless.att.com/learn/international/ for updated countries, rates, charges & full terms & conditions. International Dialing: Airtime or roaming charges are in addition to long distance charges. International Roaming: Requires compatible device. Avail, quality of coverage & svcs while roaming are not guaranteed.5 Nationâ€™s largest Wi-fi network based on non-municipal company and owned and operated hotspots and an 802.11 b/g enabled device.6 AT&T Promotion Card: Price before AT&T Promotion Card & with 2 year contract is $199.99. Allow 60 days for fulfillment. Card valid for 120 days wherever major credit cards accepted. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at ATMs or gas pumps. Some restrictions and other charges apply. See terms at store or at att.com/wirelessrebate. You must be customer for 30 consecutive days to receive Promotion Card. Offer expires Dec. 25, 2009. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.Limited-time offer. Other conditions and restrictions apply. See contract and rate plan brochure for details. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address within AT&Tâ€™s owned wireless network coverage area. Up to $36 activation fee applies. Equipment price and availability may vary by market and may not be available from independent retailers. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to equipment returns; thereafter up to $175. Some agents impose additional fees. Unlimited voice services: Unlimited voice services are provided primarily for live dialog between two individuals. No additional discounts are available with unlimited plan. Offnet Usage: If customerâ€™s minutes of use (including unlimited services) on other carrierâ€™s networks (â€œoffnet usageâ€) during any two consecutive months, or customerâ€™s data use during any month, exceeds customerâ€™s offnet usage allowance, AT&T may at its option terminate customerâ€™s service, deny customerâ€™s continued use of other carriersâ€™ coverage, or change customerâ€™s plan to one imposing usage charges for offnet usage. Customerâ€™s offnet usage allowance is equal to the lesser of 750 minutes or 40% of the Anytime minutes included with the plan (data offnet usage allowance is the lesser of 24 MB or 20% of the KB included with customerâ€™s plan).
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