RIM launches BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone

The latest BlackBerry is RIM's thinnest and lightest smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, but it lacks 3G connectivity.

RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8900.

RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8900.

RIM today launched its latest BlackBerry smartphone, the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the third model in the Curve series of smartphones. It follows the BlackBerry Curve 8300 and the BlackBerry Curve 8310, both of which were launched in Australia in 2007. According to RIM, the Curve 8900 is the thinnest and lightest BlackBerry to feature a full QWERTY keyboard.

Launching first on the Vodafone network in Australia, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 will initially be restricted to corporate and business customers. RIM is yet to make an announcement regarding general availability, and as yet no other Australian networks are offering the smartphone.

RIM's carrier relationship manager, Michael Monson, said the Curve 8900 is targeted at a wide range of users, but noted that "RIM has seen a big consumer uptake of late, which is away from BlackBerry's traditional corporate base".

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 features a compact design, a full QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi and built-in GPS, but it lacks 3G connectivity. The Curve 8900 also offers a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.2-megapixel camera, and it includes a microSD card slot for extra storage.

In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 supports a range of downloadable mobile applications such as Facebook and Twitter clients, business tools and productivity software.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is available now to business and corporate consumers through Vodafone, and comes with an RRP of $929 if purchased outright. For more information, visit the BlackBerry Australia Web site.

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