BlackBerry Curve 8900 sashays into the UK via T-Mobile

By on December 19, 2008 at 10:40 AM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 sashays into the UK via T-Mobile

British friends, rejoice! T-Mobile, sneaky as it is, has just launched a country-wide sneak attack – bombarding store locations across the island. Here in the US we’re still in the dark as far as when the 8900 might find its way to AT&T or T-Mobile, but every time we see it launched abroad we get a slight glimmer of hope. Maybe. As far as T-Mobile UK pricing goes, here’s how it breaks down with an 18-month contract term:

  • Combi 15: £15.00 ($22.77) / month – £166.37 ($252.57)
  • Combi 20: £20.00 ($30.36) / month – £127.22 ($193.14)
  • Combi 25: £25.00 ($37.95) / month – £97.87 ($148.58)
  • Combi 30: £30.00 ($45.54) / month – £58.72 ($89.15)
  • Combi 35: £31.50 ($47.82) / month – FREE
  • Combi 40: £36.00 ($54.65) / month – FREE

Not bad T-Mobile, not bad at all. Of course if you head on over to our BlackBerry Curve 8900 giveaway you can take home a free 8900 for £0.00 / month, but these deals are still pretty good. So, if your current handset is moving cellular data way too fast for you, head on over to your local T-Mobile shop and get your EDGE on. Woo!

Thanks, Everett!

[Via engadget mobile]

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 giveaway!

By on December 12, 2008 at 12:03 PM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 giveaway!

It’s that time again, people. We’ll be the first to admit we’re slacking on our BlackBerry Curve 8900 vs. mystery phone review, but we figured we’d make it up to you in the form of a giveaway! Here’s the important information you need to know:

  • The unit we’re giving away is a Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8900.
  • The unit is unlocked and will work with any SIM card in the world.
  • You are on your own with making it work with your own carrier, though. (Some carriers won’t send out the necessary service books, some will).

That covers our mini-disclaimer. So, how do you enter? Destroy your current BlackBerry? Nope. Been there, done that. All we’re asking you to do is leave a comment, friends. That is all. Here are the official rules of engagement:

  • To enter into the BlackBerry Curve 8900 giveaway contest, you must leave a comment below.
  • The contest is open worldwide to everyone age 18 and older.
  • If the winner is outside of the USA, you will be responsible for any applicable import tax, etc. (if necessary), but we’ll pay for shipping.
  • We’ll run the contest until next Sunday, December 21st at 11:59PM ET.
  • Please enter once and only once. If you enter more than once you will be disqualified.
  • Please state what country you are in when you comment!

Good luck!

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Rogers launches the BlackBerry Curve 8900

By on November 28, 2008 at 9:59 AM.

Rogers launches the BlackBerry Curve 8900

Forgive us for being sparse with the details, but it appears that Rogers has just launched the BlackBerry Curve 8900. Soon Canadians will be able to exchange a cool $179.99 and 3-years of their life (with voice and data) to have the latest UMA-enabled BlackBerry. We’ve been told that those who don’t want a 3-year commitment will be able to get the 8900 for $499.99 on 2-year with voice and data and $549 month-to-month. Other than that we know jack all because there has yet to be a press release nor has there been any internal communication to management or employees. That said, we’re confident that the 8900 is launched because it’s showing in the Rogers library — aka “the internal God” — which is where all available devices are listed.

We’ll be sure to update this post as soon as we find out what exactly is going on.

UPDATE [10:12am EST]: Game on – Rogers is indeed starting to fill retail channels and the Curve 8900 is in stock at Sales Central, sitting pretty and waiting for your telesales orders.

UPDATE [8:00pm EST]: There has been a lot of confusion today. It turns out that Rogers made a bit of a mess of a soft launch. The Curve 8900 is for sure in the Rogers system as of today and was listed as ready for activation and upgrades, but it turns out that Rogers reps have been taking orders for devices that they might not have in stock. Some people were told the device will arrive in 2-5 days, so what this all boils down to is, 1) providing you get a knowledgeable CSR you should be able to order an 8900 now and have it ship when it arrives at the warehouse, and 2) stock is being shipped to warehouses for general distribution.

Thanks, SaxMan!

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 accessories pop up on BlackBerry US site; handset to follow soon?

By on November 21, 2008 at 3:03 PM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 accessories pop up on BlackBerry US site; handset to follow soon?

This might be a bit of a stretch brought on by wishful thinking, but RIM has most definitely been sneaky with the Curve 8900 thus far so you never know. An eagle-eyed reader came across some interesting accessory listings on the US BlackBerry shop site, and at the very least you’ve got to raise an eyebrow. A quick peak at the accessory section reveals that the Curve 8900 is now indeed listed among the handset options when narrowing down accessories. What’s more, all 8900 accessories including a variety of cases, a couple of Micro-USB cables and a desktop charging pod, have a listed arrival date of December 5th. Does that mean we can expect the handset to become available at some point before then? Hmm – why would BlackBerry customers need Curve 8900 accessories on December 5th without being able to purchase the Curve 8900? Kinda makes you wonder…

Thanks, MP!

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Carphone Warehouse lists BlackBerry Curve 8900, coming in time for holidays

By on November 19, 2008 at 4:42 PM.

Carphone Warehouse lists BlackBerry Curve 8900, coming in time for holidays

Carphone Warehouse, the giant UK retailer for all major UK carriers minus Vodafone, has listed the BlackBerry 8900 Curve on its website and has announced that it is slated to arrive in December for the holidays. While nothing has been revealed in terms of which carriers the phone will be available from, so far T-Mobile is the only carrier who has announced that it will be carrying the new Curve. It is more than likely that Orange will be offering the device as it supports the UMA feature of the device. That said, Carphone Warehouse has apparently confirmed that it will also be selling the device SIM free — good news all around for anyone who will be in the market for a BlackBerry with an amazing 480 x 360 screen, WiFi, GPS and a 3.2 megapixel camera with auto-focus. For those of you looking for 3G however, not so much.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 emulator now available

By on November 13, 2008 at 9:40 AM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 emulator now available

RIM is just on fire lately. After a quick 8900 sneak attack from Germany and this morning’s little Storm announcement, what more could you want? Well, more info on the Curve 8900′s US release most likely, but you know what they say about patience being a virtue. In the meantime if you really can’t wait to get your hands on a Curve 8900 to play with, this might tide you over – for about 10 minutes at least. RIM has made the 4.6.1 emulator software available for download from the BlackBerry site for all you developers and serious addicts out there. It’s just like the real thing, right? Yeah, not so much. At least you can get a feel for the 4.6 OS as you anxiously await the real thing…

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Blackberry Curve 8900 approved by FCC

By on November 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM.

Blackberry Curve 8900 approved by FCC

For those of you getting antsy for the Curve 8900 / Javelin, it’s just a small matter of time now. Earlier today, we mentioned that this new Berry has already hit Germany and we’re now getting word that it has gotten the seal of approval from the FCC. We already know it’s going to be hitting both AT&T and T-Mobile, so none of you GSM folks have to feel left out that one is getting a sweet device and the other isn’t (Bold). Exactly when it’s coming isn’t for certain, but rumor has it that T-Mobile is hoping to get the 8900 out as early as Black Friday. We’d say you shouldn’t keep your hopes up that high, but at least take some comfort in knowing you should be getting it before AT&T does. Our first impressions of this device have been really good so far so we’ll keep you guys updated!

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 pops up on BlackBerry Germany site

By on November 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 pops up on BlackBerry Germany site

Well lookie here. We gave you a little hands-on love last month and as our Curve 8900 gets ready to do battle in an upcoming comparison post or two, German BlackBerry fans just got a hell of a shock. The 8900 is now live on the BlackBerry Germany site and apparently almost ready to rock. Looking sexy as ever, the Curve 8900 on the site comes along with a bunch of marketing speak and complete specs. In terms of pricing or timing, it looks like T-Mobile will begin shipping this puppy within a week or two and and it will set you back a paltry €5 with a 2-year contract and a pretty reasonable €360, contract-free. Hit the read link if you read German or jump directly to the translated version.

[Thanks, Hugh!]

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BlackBerry 8900 Curve crops up on in corner of Rogers website

By on November 5, 2008 at 11:57 AM.

BlackBerry 8900 Curve crops up on in corner of Rogers website

We know it’s on its way and that and should be released in Germany within the month but for those eagerly awaiting the release of BlackBerry 8900 Curve in the Americas – with a particular emphasis placed upon the Bold-less souls of T-Mobile – the latest Curve-related gaffe is a bit more than careless and cruel. Rogers has listed the 8900 on its games download site which is a peculiar and presumed error since it doesn’t even list the 8220 Pearl Flip which was announced on the 4th of this month. Perhaps someone made an error and meant to list the 8220, but the fact still remains that the yet to be official 8900 is in the web system and that is a good sign for consumers. As for possible release dates, rumors are flying around that T-Mobile USA is hoping to have the 8900 ready to cash in on what will surely be a Black Friday for the ages while Rogers is a lot more up in the air with a launch just after T-Mobile or in very early 2009.

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 hands on

By on October 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 hands on

What’s that? Thought we were holding out on you? Never! The BlackBerry Curve 8900, also known to the BlackBerry faithful as the BlackBerry Javelin, is the much-awaited BlackBerry Curve replacement. It’s definitely been covered in depth so we won’t bore you and nitpick the handset. Instead, we’ll give you some of our very first impressions and let you decide the next steps.

  • The size is awesome — totally small enough to be pocketable, but not too small where sacrifices on the keyboard had to be made.
  • Unlike the Bold where some people had trouble hitting the right convenience key since it was too low, on the Curve 8900, it’s located perfectly.
  • The screen, as we’re getting accustomed to now with RIM, is flawless! It’s smaller than the Bold as you know, and that’s an even denser, crisper, and sharper display in our books. Really a job well done.
  • What about the keyboard? Even better than the first Curve. The keys feel more “fuller” and not hollow like the original 8300 did. They’re also decently spaced, and even after using a Bold for 5 months, the second we picked this up, we were off to the races. Another great execution by RIM.
  • It might just be us, but the fake chrome bezel around the 8900 actually seems like it’s more equipped to handle rough usage than the Bold is. We could be wrong, but at first glance it looks like a tougher material or finish. You know how our original Bold fared…

So, do you guys want a full on review of the BlackBerry Curve 8900, or do you want one of our oh-so-popular battles? Maybe a Curve 8900 vs. G1? Hit us up in the comments and let your voice be heard. Word. Don’t forget to get jiggy with the BGR gallery and check out the pictures!

Click on over to our BlackBerry Curve 8900 hands on gallery!

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BlackBerry Curve 8900 crops up on T-Mobile Germany website

By on October 9, 2008 at 1:08 PM.

BlackBerry Curve 8900 crops up on T-Mobile Germany website

BlackBerry 8900 Curve on T-Mobile Germany

Known to all of you by it’s codename of Javelin, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has cropped up on the website of T-Mobile Germany. The EDGE-only device which features GPS, Wi-Fi, 480×360 HVGA+ screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus is listed as coming soon with a targeted release date of November. A lot of you probably remember how T-Mobile Germany was continuously changing the launch month of the Bold, but don’t count on any other month to see the launch of the Curve 8900 – RIM is an old pro with EDGE devices.

Thanks, Joe!

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New Live Pics of the BlackBerry Javelin

By on July 11, 2008 at 3:33 PM.

New Live Pics of the BlackBerry Javelin

We can see smoke rising up all over the country. Legions of BlackBerry addicts are none too happy as a result of the unending iPhone coverage that culminated today with the release of the Jobso’s latest brainchild. Sure we played our part with photos and a video of the first iPhone 3G unboxing in the US, some exclusive info as well as some coverage. Hell, we’re even giving a couple of iPhone 3Gs away. The whole time we still had love for you BlackBerry fans though. So here we are now. It’s d-day and to be honest we’ve had about enough of Apple for the time being. So let’s close out the week right with a few new live shots of the BlackBerry Javelin that found their way out into the fray. A reminder of what we can look forward to:

  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 480×360 LCD
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE
  • GPS
  • WiFi
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 4.6 OS platform
  • BES 5.0 support
  • ArgonV processor

Two more pics after the jump.

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BlackBerry Seawolf 9110 Joins the Pack, Javelin, Aurora and Thunder throw a party

By on June 12, 2008 at 8:43 AM.

BlackBerry Seawolf 9110 Joins the Pack, Javelin, Aurora and Thunder throw a party

It almost seems like we’re unearthing a new BlackBerry model every week. There were a number of doubters on the internet when we first posted news of the BlackBerry 9100 and external display. Those rants were quickly hushed when we brought you pictures of the BlackBerry Kickstart just two weeks later. The naysayers stating our pictures were of a dummy device were further pushed towards the land of mum when we posted more evidence of the flip-phone BlackBerry just days later.

Moral of the story? Believe the hype, we’re almost always right.

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