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AT&T To Launch Two New BlackBerry Handsets Soon

by Sean P. Aune | September 29, 2010September 29, 2010 12:52 pm PDT

AT&T, which is best known these days as the company that brings you the iPhone in the United States, does indeed carry handsets made by other companies.  To that end, be on the lookout for two new BlackBerry handsets by Research In Motion (RIM) coming at you over the next couple of months.

AT&T announced today that it is adding the BlackBerry Pearl3G (model 9100) and the BlackBerry Curve 3G (model 9300) to its line up of smartphones the carrier supports.  The BlackBerry Curve 3G will be available in time for the holidays and will run you $99.99 with no rebate required.  The BlackBerry Pearl 3G will be available for $149.99 with no rebate required beginning Oct. 17th.  Sadly, both phones will be saddled with the new data plan pricing of $15 for 200 MBs a month, or $25 for 2 GBs.

BlackBerry Curve 9300

BlackBerry Curve 3G Specs

  • HSDPA speeds up to 3.6 megabytes per second
  • Quad-band
  • 802.11N Wi-Fi
  • 624Mhz processor
  • 256MB of ROM
  • 256MB of RAM
  • microSD/SDHC slot expandable to 32GB of storage
  • 2 Megapixel camera
  • Full-QWERTY keyboard
  • Built-in GPS
  • Optical trackpad

“The majority of people in the worldwide mobile phone market have yet to buy their first smartphone and the BlackBerry Curve 3G is designed to provide an extremely attractive and accessible choice that will help convince many of them to make the leap,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Curve 3G is a perfect choice for happily busy people who are looking for a user-friendly 3G smartphone to help them make the most of their day and to stay connected with their friends, family and co-workers.”

BlackBerry Pearl 3G

BlackBerry Pearl 3G Specs

  • Elegant candybar design measuring 4.25″ x 1.96″ x 0.52″ (108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm) and weighing only 3.3 oz (93 grams)
  • 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
  • 360×400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
  • Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, plus a comfortable keyboard that enables quick and accurate typing
  • Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30 hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along top of the handset
  • 3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
  • Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry Maps, as well as photo geotagging
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) – first BlackBerry smartphone to support ‘n’
  • microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards
  • Premium phone features, including voice activated dialing, speakerphone and Bluetooth (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits (including systems that support the emerging Bluetooth Message Access Profile standard) and other Bluetooth accessories
  • Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
  • Support for BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes and Windows Media® Player music with the smartphone
  • Support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
  • Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks

“The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is unlike any other smartphone in the world and we expect a broad range of new and existing customers will be drawn to its powerful features and compact design,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO, Research In Motion. “Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones and the fact that more than three-quarters of the people in the global mobile phone market are still buying handsets with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity. It allows consumers to upgrade their traditional mobile phone to a full-featured, easy-to-use and fashionable 3G BlackBerry smartphone that supports BlackBerry Messenger and many other apps while maintaining a handset design and layout that is familiar and comfortable.”

What say you?  Will you be picking up either of these handsets?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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