BlackBerry Curve 8900 Now on ATandT Network
The BlackBerry Curve 8900, first developed for T-Mobile, is now on the AT&T network as well, for $199 after rebate and contract. Over the next few weeks, it will receive some competition from the Palm Pre and possibly a new Apple iPhone or two.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900, Research In Motion's thinnest, lightest BlackBerry yet, is now available on the AT&T network, in addition to T-Mobile in the United States.
The Curve 8900 measures 0.53 inches thin, has a height and width of 4.29 and 2.36 inches, respectively, and weighs 3.87 ounces. (By comparison, the majority of the Curve 8300 lineup is 0.6 inches thin and weighs between 3.9 and 4.8 ounces.)
RIM made its reputation with its push e-mail and messaging, and the device can support up to 10 work and personal e-mail addresses, offering corporate data access, as well as SMS and MMS messaging.
Users in a hotspot can switch between Wi-Fi and AT&T's 3G network, and Bluetooth v2.0 offers connectivity to headsets, car kits and the like. Speaking of the car, built-in GPS can connect to BlackBerry Maps or other location-based services.
With the 8900, RIM has also improved the camera, upgrading to 3.2-megapixels from the 2-megapixel camera in the Curve 8300 devices.
The high-resolution, liquid-crystal display measures 2.44 inches on the diagonal and offers 480 x 360 pixel color with which to check out photos, record video and experience the updated media player.
The backlit qwerty keyboard comes along with a trackball and dedicated keys for send, end, mute, lock, the camera, volume and zoom and a customizable key.
And finally, the cryptographic lithium cell battery promises 5.5 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby - a bump up from the approximate 4 hours of talk time on Curve 8300 BlackBerry models.
Pricing on the AT&T network is $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year service contract, or $449.99 without a contract.