In pictures: launches the latest BlackBerry smartphone

The Black Eyed Peas' today helped launch the new Curve 8520 smartphone in Australia

  • The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone will be available on the Optus and Vodafone networks in Australia, but neither carrier has announced pricing or plan details.

  • RIM says the main appeal of the BlackBerry 8520 is that it is "incredibly easy to use."

  • Pictured here with BlackBerry's Australian managing director, Adele Beachley, discussed both BlackBerry technology and the future of the music industry.

  • The press event was held in RIM's Australian offices in North Sydney. Predictably, was the centre of attention.

  • The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is aimed at users new to smartphones. Reflecting this entry-level status is the lack of 3G connectivity, though the smartphone does include Wi-Fi. Also on offer are a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot for extra storage.

  • Helping RIM launch the phone was Black Eyed Peas member and self-confessed "BlackBerry addict" With his BlackBerry Bold in tow, the music star said he prefers the BlackBerry platform because "it's like it was made for me."

  • Today Research In Motion (RIM) [[artnid:320803|unveiled the latest BlackBerry smartphone]] — the [[artnid:320058|Curve 8520]] — with the help of the Black Eyed Peas' discussed both BlackBerry technology and the future of the music industry at the North Sydney launch.

  • In Australia as part of the Black Eyes Peas' The E.N.D. World Tour, revealed he prefers BlackBerrys to the [[artnid:309245|iPhone|]] because he "can't text on the iPhone."

  • The enthusiastic briefly discussed the music industry, saying that in the future songs will be released as they are produced and the content pushed out to users using mobile technology.

  • The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is RIM's new entry-level smartphone and is the first to use an "optical trackpad" instead of the traditional BlackBerry trackball. The Curve 8520 is also the first to feature physical multimedia keys.

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