Virgin Mobile launches £12 BlackBerry

Virgin Media has unveiled a BlackBerry handset on a £12 a month tariff, with unlimited web browsing, email and BlackBerry messenger use.

The Virgin Mobile offer is for last year's budget Research In Motion 8520 Curve handset, on a 24 month plan. The BlackBerry 9300 Curve 3G has recently succeeded the 8520, as their low cost Bold-esque mobile phone.

The £12 a month tariff arrives with 50 minutes per month, unlimited calls to Virgin numbers, a 250 text message allowance, along with the unlimited web browsing, email and BB messenger access.

Existing Virgin Media customers can benefit from a lower price of £10 per month, where students holding a valid NUS Extra card can obtain a further 15% discount.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has a traditional Qwerty keyboard, instead of the Storm's touch screen text entry method. On board, there's a 2 megapixel camera, WIFI and a microSD slot that supports the latest 32GB cards. However, there isn't 3G access - as this was missing from the Curve 8520 and only found its way into the Curve 9300 handset.

BlackBerry mobile phones have now moved out of the corporate world, where the average muggle can now benefit from fast text entry and a physical keyboard is still the most commonly sought after way of entering text.

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