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Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8520 Launch

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Rogers Wireless launched the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone today in Canada. This device sports a 2.0 megapixel camera, external media keys, WiFi, stereo Bluetooth, and quad-band EDGE. It is the first BlackBerry released with the new optical trackpad. The new BlackBerry can be had for as little as $99.99 with a three-year voice and data plan, or $449.99 without a contract.

Analysts maintain buy given upcoming BlackBerry devices

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While many bloggers have lamented the fact that RIM keeps releasing devices, it seems to be keeping shareholders happy.

The constant release of devices frustrates the BlackBerry community in that the devices have been mostly hybrids of preexisting devices, without making any significant leaps in the technology or offerings.

Last year, RIM released four devices in the seven months that precede the fall/Christmas consumer blitz. Before Christmas 2009, we will see the launch of the Tour 9630, Curve 8520, Onyx (fall?) and Storm 2 (November 2009?).

At RIM’s last conference call, there was concern over the fact that enterprise subscribers had declined compared to previous quarters. In light of this, analysts such as UBS Securities’ Phillip Huang and Maynard Um say they are “still anticipating eventual enterprise acceleration.” They added, “We maintain our view that enterprise acceleration is likely to occur given its captive base, limited competition, depletion of Blackberries in “IT closets,” and limited IT budgets for switching costs.” That being said, the firm is maintaining a “buy” rating on RIM’s stock with a long-term target of $90.

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Walmart selling T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 8520 for $48.88 on 2 year

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It looks like the BlackBerry Curve 8520 will start off at a very reasonable rate at Walmart. The device will sell for $48.88 with a two year T-Mobile service contract. T-Mobile stores will be selling the device for $129.99, therefore charging their own customers a fee of $100 for using the retail outlet.

Starting at around $50 on a 2 year contract is a fairly clear indication that we’ll see this device being offered for free within the year. Not a bad device for that price.

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BlackBerry Curve 8520 talking points: trackpad, flash and keys

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The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a turning point for RIM. They have clearly realized that they have parts on their devices that can still remain perfectly functional while reducing their replacement and repair costs, as well as those of their customers. The 8520 is also a lower end device as noted by the cheap battery panel that pulls off without requiring a slider or a button. Since you’ve likely experienced the Curve 8900 at some point, I’ll use it as a point of reference.

Lets go through the new features with the BlackBerry 8520, and get a discussion going about the device. We want to hear your thoughts!
Click though for a breakdown of the major talking points surrounding the BlackBerry 8520

BlackBerry Curve 8520 announced in the UK and North America

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The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has been announced in both the UK and North America today. The latest device in the Curve series is an evolutionary step for devices with a new trackpad and a rubber bezel.

The device should be available for purchase in the UK at the beginning of August and T-Mobile has set a launch date at August 5th. Just over a week away!

The BlackBerry 8520 features:

  • Full-QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive optical trackpad for reliable, responsive typing and navigation
  • 256MB Flash memory and a 512Mhz next generation processor for enhanced performance
  • Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, and Bluetooth (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • 2 MP digital camera with zoom and video recording
  • Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, plus BlackBerry Media Sync, which makes it easy to quickly sync music from iTunes or Windows Media Player with the smartphone
  • Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, social networking and sharing, news and weather, productivity and much more
  • BlackBerry Internet Service support for access to up to 10 supported email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts such as Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL and Gmail; and BlackBerry Enterprise Server support, which provides advanced security and IT administration features for corporate deployments
  • Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot, supporting cards of up to 16 GB today and expected to support next generation 32GB cards when available; a 1GB card is included
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)
  • Quad-band world phone: EGDE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Personally, I thought the lack of a flash on the camera was strange. Why go all this way to build a consumer device, and leave out a key feature that consumers like?

    Will you be trading in your BlackBerry Curve 83xx for the 8520?