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Orange Introduces PAYG Blackberry Curve With Free Internet

Orange has launched another pay as you go RIM handset, the Blackberry Curve 8900 for £250 a few months after the Pearl 8120, an older and more mature product, debuted.

Earlier this year, Orange offered the Indigo Blackberry Pearl 8120 for £145 and at that time, we noted that there were no restrictions regarding using the internet access without having to topped up.

Those who purchased the device will get six-month free web browsing and will be able to subscribe to a monthly subscription service after that. At a cost of only £5 per month, the Blackberry Internet Service will provide you with the necessary dose of email and internet access.

The Curve itself is a sumptuous handset. It comes with a full QWERTY keyboard, built in GPS, WiFi, a 3.2-megapixel camera and up to 16GB expandable memory. The 2.4-inch inch screen can display 480x360 pixels (which is better than the iPhone and should give you a much sharper image).

It is worth noting that the unlocked/SIM free version of the phone costs as much as £326. T-Mobile also launched the Pearl 8110 with a one year prepaid data and email package for only £179. The phone is an entry level one but ends up offering more internet for 50 percent less outlay.

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Our Comments

It is a shame that this phone is not 3G compatible, otherwise, it would have been a worthy competitor to the Nokia E71. The offer for free internet ends on the 30th of June 2009, so you better be quick.

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