AT&T is bringing the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone to its network in early summer, according to the carrier. The BlackBerry Curve 8900 was originally offered through T-Mobile. AT&T will also offer users who purchase an unlimited data plan free Wi-Fi access in the United States.
Curve 8900 smartphone
is coming to AT&T's network in the "early
summer" of 2009 and users who purchase an unlimited data plan from
AT&T will be offered unlimited Wi-Fi access within the United
States, according to the carrier.
announced the availability of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 handset May 4, as Research
also made a number of announcements about its BlackBerry line,
including a partnership
and the available of its BlackBerry
Enterprise Server 5.0.
RIM also got a boost May 4 when the NPD
Group announced that its research showed BlackBerry smartphones sales outpaced Apple
sales in the first quarter of 2009.
Curve 8900 was originally offered on T-Mobile's
network earlier in 2009.
While AT&T said its version of the smartphone will land on its network in
the summer, the carrier did not offer a specific date.
is positioning the BlackBerry Curve 8900
as a handset device for consumers,
small business owners and enterprise users. In addition to free Wi-Fi service
in the United States
when users buy the unlimited data plan, AT&T said the smartphone can make
calls in 200 different countries and access data in 170 countries.
In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 supports EDGE (Enhanced Data for
Global Evolution) data speeds (850/900/1700/1800MHz), along with support for
Wi-Fi 802.11 b and g service.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a thin handset device with a QWERTY keyboard.
In addition to the popular keyboard, the device features built-in GPS
and a high-resolution (480 by 360) display.
In addition, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone has a 3.2-megapixel
camera, a music player and a hot-swappable MicroSD/SDHC memory card slot with a
256MB card. The new Curve 8900 also comes with support for memory cards up to
16GB, and AT&T disclosed that the BlackBerry will later support 32GB memory
AT&T did not announce pricing for the BlackBerry Curve 8900, but the
T-Mobile-branded device sells between $500 and $550 at retail stores without a
contract or service agreement.