Vodafone Flogs Blackberry Curve 8520 For £25 p/m

Mobile network provider Vodafone has managed to secure RIM's latest Blackberry smartphone, the Curve 8520, which is the Canadian manufacturer newest value offer on the market.

The device was unveiled late last month and lacks the pearl trackball that is present on most RIM smartphones - this has been replaced by a speedy trackpad instead.

It doesn't have 3G connectivity as well and although it has a 512MHz next generation processor, its onboard camera is still a 2-megapixel one.

Other features include WiFi capabilities, a 2.64-inch display showing 320x240 pixels, 256MB onboard storage, Bluetooth and native MacOS X compatibility.

The Curve 8520 is already available at Vodafone - in Frost or Black - for as little as £25 per month and comes with 300 minutes, unlimited texts, no roaming charges this summer in more than 35 countries, BlackBerry email & Internet Solution as well as Unlimited Mobile Internet.

Prospective customers however will need to sign up for a 24 month contract. Otherwise, the next cheapest 18-month contract offer is available for £35 per month but include 600 anytime minutes.

Corporate and Public Sector customers, those most likely to purchase Blackberry's lucrative back office solutions, can also get the handset for a not-so-expensive £185.

The Curve 8520 will go head to head against the Nokia E71 which is available from Orange for as little as £19.57 and RIM's own Blackberry Bold 9000 which Orange is selling for roughly the same price albeit with a different package.