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Verizon has always been a strong supporter of RIM and the BlackBerry line of devices, they strongly supported the horrible introductions of the Storm 1 & 2 and continued working with BlackBerry, so you know their ties run deep. Well apparently Verizon is still supporting RIM and BlackBerry by launching the Curve 9310 on July 12th.
Even with news of RIMs fading market share and management woes they are still turning out mediocre handsets that are designed to please the mid 90's business man who hasn't experience real functionality from a smartphone. Don't get me wrong RIM really pushed the envelope early in their history and brought the idea of a super connected phone to the masses by making it accepted by the business world. But since the introduction of the iPhone (not to mention Android and the newest version of Windows Phone) RIM has just lost all of the mojo that it once had. It no longer leads the way with features that everyone wants and needs, its last glimmering service is BlackBerry Messenger which is easily replicated by a number of free apps on multiple devices.
At this point it's confusing that Verizon would launch an outdated device like the 9130, but I guess there are some people out there who are still looking for a BlackBerry. The Curve sports BlackBerry's 7.1 OS a 3.2 MP camera, and a microSD slot (oh wow!).
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.
· 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 http://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 http://www.verizonwireless.com.....everything for additional information on data plans.
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