photo courtesy of 611connect.com
photo courtesy of 611connect.com

After an exclusive few months with T-Mobile the much hyped Blackberry Curve 2 8900 will be in AT&T stores early this summer.  

 

DALLAS, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — AT&T* today announced the early summer availability of the BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) 8900 smartphone. AT&T consumer, small business and enterprise customers will enjoy new features and enhanced performance, including both Wi-Fi(R) and GPS, a fast next generation processor, rich multimedia capabilities and ample memory for applications offered from AT&T. With the BlackBerry Curve 8900 from AT&T, users can get a faster, richer experience surfing the Internet and accessing their social networking or line-of-business applications via AT&T’s wireless and Wi-Fi networks.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone sports a slim, refined design and is the thinnest, full-QWERTY BlackBerry(R) smartphone yet. It features a striking high-resolution display (480×360), delivering smooth video playback and crisp images. In addition to its industry leading email and messaging, and premium phone features, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 packs a wealth of multimedia capabilities.

I have had the pleasure/frustration of using this device and it is definitely the most consumer oriented Blackberry to date.  The screen is outstanding, colors pop out at you and the sharpness is almost as good as the Fuze.  Call quality, battery life, the camera’s image quality, and the screen are fantastic.  It looks incredible and the size will surprise you with it’s small form factor.  It very well may have the best one handed typing keyboard ever made!  I do have a couple gripes though.  First, no 3g!  Um, it just doesn’t make sense to make a data oriented device that only uses edge.  Second, it’s a Blackberry.  No matter how nice they make their devices look, or how fancy they make the home page look, it is still Blackberry OS.  Finally, my biggest problem is the Internet browser.  Having to zoom on portions of the page with the trackball to read anything and the constant waiting and waiting for the page to load reminds me of being frustrated at the D.M.V.  It is also all plastic.  The nice chrome trim, plastic.  The brushed aluminum battery door, plastic.  I am not saying it is a bad device, it is my favorite Blackberry I have ever used.   With that being said, everyone knows I am a Fuze user and I did miss my Fuze more and more during my test of the Curve 2.  However, I did give this phone a fair chance and I did enjoy it.  It is the most stable Berry I have used and everyone who saw mine loved it’s looks.  I have no doubt it will be one of AT&T’s biggest sellers this year.  The curve brought a whole new market of consumers to Blackberry and the curve 2 will continue that trend.

Update according to our friends at Boy Genius

Well it looks like AT&T may be preparing to launch the BlackBerry Curve 8900 a bit sooner than we expected. Earlier this week we reported our latest intel which placed AT&T’s Curve 8900 on store shelves some time in JuneAT&T followed up the next day and finally made the handset official, but provided very little in terms of a release date. It looks like things might be going down somewhat sooner than expected as a tipster reports the Curve 8900 will drop on May 25th. Pricing is said to be set at $149.99 though it is still unclear whether or not any rebates will be involved. Following the release of the 8900, our tipster also suggests AT&T will be dropping the price of a new Bold on June 1st from $299.99 to $199.99 on contract. $150 Curve 8900s, $200 Bolds… AT&T is apparently looking to move some serious BlackBerry volume this Summer.

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