Verizon Wireless And RIM Announce The BlackBerry Curve 9310, Launching July 12th For $49.99

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Today Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) announced “a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers”, the BlackBerry Curve 9310. The BB Curve 9310 will run BlackBerry 7.1 and features “the iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM™ key for instant access to RIM’s popular mobile social network.” Other key features for the device include:

  • 3.2-megapixel camera – easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter
  • VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share directions with others
  • On-device Parental Controls – customers can grant as little or as much access to the Internet, social networking and messaging as they see appropriate.  Create a select list of contacts for both incoming and outgoing calls
  • microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB
Additionally, the press release states that “Facebook and Twitter apps allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view.”

Verizon will launch the BlackBerry Curve 9310 on July 12th in stores for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two year customer agreement. Say what you want to say, but the company is still putting up a fight in a market dominated by iOS and Android devices.

For more information on this announcement, check out the full press release below.

VERIZON WIRELESS AND RIM ANNOUNCE NEW BLACKBERRY CURVE™ 9310 SMARTPHONE

Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9310 smartphone, a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers.

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a slim and easy-to-use smartphone ready to help customers make the move from a basic phone to a smartphone. It includes all the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications that let customers easily connect to the people and things that matter most to them. Running on BlackBerry 7.1, the Curve 9310 also features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM™ key for instant access to RIM’s popular mobile social network.

Facebook® and Twitter™ apps allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view.

Additional features:

· 3.2-megapixel camera – easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter

· VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share directions with others

· On-device Parental Controls – customers can grant as little or as much access to the Internet, social networking and messaging as they see appropriate. Create a select list of contacts for both incoming and outgoing calls

· microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB

 

Pricing and availability

· The new BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting July 12 and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

· New customers who purchase the BlackBerry Curve 9310 will need to subscribe to a Share Everything plan starting at $80 monthly access for unlimited talk and text messaging and 300 MB of data. Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.

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