Three To Sell RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360

UK Mobile operator Three has announced that it will sell the recently-launched RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360, which is a new mainstream handset based on the BlackBerry OS 7 platform.

The handset, which is the GSM version of the 9350, comes with an 800MHz system on chip, 512MB RAM, a five megapixel camera, a 2.44-inch screen with a 480x360 pixel resolution (but no touchscreen).

Other notable features include Tri-Band UMTS and Quad-Band EDGE support, Near Field Communication and the signature curved BlackBerry keyboard.

Another version of that handset, known as the BlackBerry Curve 9370, will be available with CDMA/EVDO and Quad-Band EDGE support and 1GB RAM although it is unlikely to reach our shores.

Telefonica-owned O2 and Vodafone have also confirmed that they will be offering the handset although it is not known when or on which contracts the RIM handset will be available.

However, we can safely assume that the 9360 will take over from the existing Curve models which should therefore be available at clearance prices soon.

Expect other operators (Orange, Vodafone) to stock the new Curve as well. That said we're not sure whether they offer a compelling upgrade path compared to the current models.