T-Mobile hocks NFC BlackBerry Curve 9360 for $79 September 28th
Posted by Seth PlanckSeptember 21st, 2011 at 5:35 PM Filed Under Galleries, Latest News, Press Release
T-Mobile will hock you a BlackBerry Curve 9360 for $79 September 28th
We have seen the BlackBerry Curve 9360 NFC phone before. Back then it was known as the BlackBerry Curve Apollo. Now the NFC phone has a carrier buddy in T-Mobile, which means you can get one for the affordable price of $79 after a $50 mail in rebate. Remember the BlackBerry Curve 9360 comes sans a touch screen so don’t get your heart broken if that’s what you wanted. However, the little BlackBerry Curve 9360 does have quite a lot going for it as you can see below in the specifications.
In the technical sense the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is an NFC phone, but don’t be surprised if when you get your new NFC pocket mate the NFC is switched off at the software level. We exclusively revealed that RIM has not fully built out and worked out the bugs in their NFC drivers as yet, but you will at least have a phone that will be NFC capable at some time in the future. If you look below in the press release, you will see no word on the NFC capabilities that the phone was originally marketed with. We have been assured by people close to the situation that the NFC chip is still there, just waiting to be woken up with a software update.
If you are an enterprise customer, you can get hold of an NFC BlackBerry Curve 9360 today. But if you are a normal person without perks like the rest of us, you will have to wait until the 28th of this month. If you have a penchant for a little color in your BlackBerry Curve 9360 NFC phone, hold off until October 12th when the company is releasing a Merlot colored version of this petite handset.
T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 9360 NFC Phone specifications
By no means is the BlackBerry Curve 9360 NFC phone a top of the range unit, but neither does it come with a bleeding edge price point. It does have fair specifications that should allow it to perform well. A mid-range 800MHz processor will keep you moving along and a 5-megapixel shooter around back isn’t too shabby either. The styling of the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is rather svelte and most hands-on reviewers have commented that it feels well put together.
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2011, 28th September|
|Dimensions||Dimensions||109 x 60 x 11 mm|
|Size||480 x 360 pixels, 2.44 inches (~246 ppi pixel density)|
|- QWERTY keyboard|
- Touch-sensitive optical trackpad
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; Polyphonic(64), MP3 ringtones|
|Memory||Phonebook||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Internal||512 MB storage, 512 MB RAM|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory|
|3G||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v2.1 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|Camera||Primary||5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, LED flash|
|Features||OS||BlackBerry OS 7.0|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Games||Yes + downloadable|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|- NFC support|
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- Document viewer
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1000 mAh|
This BlackBerry Curve 9360 will join its other Curve brethren in just a few days now, so if you are in the market for a cheap NFC phone you can’t go wrong waiting for the NFC to be activated.
T-Mobile Announces Upcoming Availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9360
Bellevue, Wash. – Sep. 21, 2011
Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry Curve 9360, which combines powerful new BlackBerry features with an attractive price point. The new BlackBerry smartphone will be available in two stylish color finishes – black and merlot. Running the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and utilizing the powerful BlackBerry 7 Webkit-browser, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 provides an intuitive smartphone experience, perfect for those who depend on their smartphone to keep their personal and work lives organized. The new BlackBerry Curve is designed to address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-connected smartphone.
Encased in a sleek package, including a wide 2.4-inch screen, full QWERTY keypad and navigation track-pad, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is ideal for efficient mobile communications. The new smartphone is also equipped with essential smartphone features such a 5-megapixel camera with flash, video recorder and Wi-Fi connectivity for voice and data for a premium smartphone experience. The next generation BlackBerry Curve smartphone delivers the world’s best mobile communications and social experiences with the latest release of BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) pre-loaded and now extends the real time BBM experience to a range of other apps, such as Foursquare, allowing users to easily interact with each other from within the ‘BBM connected’ app.
The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, Sept. 21. The smartphone will be available in the black color finish at T-Mobile retail stores and at select dealers and national retailers nationwide starting Sept. 28 and is expected to be available in an exclusive merlot color finish starting Oct. 12.
END: T-Mobile BlackBerry Curve 9360 NFC phone Press Release