AT&T announces availability of BlackBerry Curve this summer
AT&T consumer, small business and enterprise customers will enjoy new features and enhanced performance, including both Wi-Fi and GPS (global positioning system), a next generation processor, rich multimedia capabilities and memory for applications offered from AT&T.
With the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from AT&T, users can get a faster, richer experience surfing the Internet and accessing their social networking or line-of-business applications through AT&T’s wireless and Wi-Fi networks.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone sports a slim, refined design and is the thinnest, full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone. It features a high-resolution display (480×360), delivering smooth video playback and crisp images. In addition to its email and messaging, and premium phone features, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 comes with a wealth of multimedia capabilities.
Consumers and mobile professionals can share photos or record video using the new 3.2 mega-pixel camera, which features auto focus and image stabilization, and the microSD/SDHC expandable memory card slot supports up to 16 GB (gigabytes) per card, giving users plenty of storage to carry and capture more of their music, pictures and video wherever they go.
AT&T will offer the new smartphone in an attractive silver and black finish.
Users who select an unlimited data plan with the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will also receive free AT&T Wi-Fi access at nearly 20,000 hotspots in the US, including retail stores, restaurants and airports from coast-to-coast. The smartphone can also connect to a home or office Wi-Fi network.
“This new smartphone has a stunning design that builds upon the success of the BlackBerry Curve with more features for applications, all in a high-quality handset,” said Chris Hill, vice president, AT&T Business Solutions. “Add to it free access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network and the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from AT&T delivers unmatched value and performance for personal and business use.”
Other BlackBerry smartphones that can access free Wi-Fi are the BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve 8320, BlackBerry Pearl 8120, and BlackBerry 8820.
Like all AT&T smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a global phone, allowing customers to access data in more than 170 countries and make calls in more than 200. The smartphone supports quad-band EDGE (850/900/1700/ 1800 Mhz) and Wi-Fi 802.11 b and g.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 also comes with a removable/rechargeable battery that provides a talk time of 5.5 hours and approximately 15 days of standby time.
The on-board GPS supports location-based applications and services, including AT&T Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions and will be available free for 30 days. AT&T Navigator also monitors traffic and alerts users when there is slowdown or incident, enabling the user to take a new route around congestion with just one click. Customers can also use AT&T Navigator Global Edition for access to maps and directions in 21 countries and in five languages.
Customers can also access business listings, phone numbers and more from the included Yellowpages.com application and listen to their music using the included media player or XM Radio Mobile.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone will be available in AT&T stores and online in the early summer.