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New BlackBerry Curve Gets U.K. Price, Available to Pre-Order from Carphone Warehouse

Following the unveiling of RIM’s new BlackBerry Curve two weeks ago, U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse has revealed the price of the latest “budget” BlackBerry for us Brits… but maybe budget isn’t quite the right word.

Though this is indeed RIM’s budget BlackBerry, and the cheapest smartphone currently available from the Canadian company, it’ll still set you back a whopping £330 (approx. $527) here in the U.K. if you want to bag it without a contract.

To put that into perspective, the previous-generation BlackBerry Curve is currently just £140 (approx. $223) from Carphone Warehouse if you want it SIM-free, but you can grab it on pay-as-you-go from just $125 (approx. $199).

If that kind of price tag hasn’t put you off, you can pre-order the BlackBerry Curve 9360 from today on the Carphone Warehouse website. The retailer has also revealed the device’s release date of September 19, which means you won’t have to wait very long to get your hands on BlackBerry OS 7 and the rest of the Curve’s new features:

BlackBerry Curve 9360 Specs

  • 800MHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • BlackBerry OS 7
  • 2.44-inch HVGA display (480 x 360)
  • 5-megapixel camera with VGA video recording
  • 512MB of on-board storage (9350, 9360) / 1GB of on-board storage (9370)
  • Expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • A-GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 1,000 mAh battery

If you’re happy to sign into a contract to get the new Curve, U.K. carriers Three and Vodafone are set to offer the device upon launch, with contracts expected to start at £20 (approx. £32) per month.

Will you be pre-ordering a SIM-free BlackBerry Curve 9360 for £330, or would you rather settle for its predecessor and save yourself £100+?

[via TechRadar]

Killian Bell

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