T-Mobile Launches Blackberry Curve 8900 Before O2, Vodafone

UK mobile phone operator T-Mobile has announced that it will launch the Blackberry Curve Smartphone for only £35 per month as from today both online and instore, more than three weeks before O2's own planned launch.

(ed: At the time of writing, the two Blackberry's on T-mobile UK website were the Pearl 8110 and the Curve 8310).

Carphone Warehouse already sells the Curve 8900 Titanium for £35 per month over 18 months (includes Blackberry Unlimited) while you can get it on Orange with free internet for £40 per month.

The device, which does not support 3G, is a dumbed-down version of the Bold but still offers a 3.2-megapixel camera, support for microSD, Wi-Fi connectivity and even trims down a few grams, making it the slimmest Blackbeery around.

The 8900 also comes with a 2.4-inch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard, meaning that RIM is clearly targeting hardcore RIM users whose needs have not been catered for by the Storm.

O2 will be releasing its Curve 8900 on Monday 5th of January while Carphone Warehouse is expected to release the Blackberry Curve 8900 on Saturday 20th.

T-Mobile is expected to bundle unlimited push email and web browsing to customers on contracts worth more than £35 on an 18 month contract.

Pocketlint has also revealed that Vodafone will be selling the device just before Christmas but has yet to unveil more details about the tariffs.

In related content, T-Mobile has brought in Last.fm search function to its mobile jukebox feature which will allow its users to access more music services.

The device is also capable of accessing iTunes and supports Stereo bluetooth as well as 3.5mm headphone plugs.

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