Verizon has announced a new edition to its BlackBerry lineup this morning in the form of the BlackBerry Curve 9310, an entry-level handset that will be available from Thursday, July 12.
This is the CDMA variant of the BlackBerry Curve 9320, which was announced by Research in Motion back in May, and it ships with the same BlackBerry 7.1 operating system, along with that dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key. It also packs a 2.44-inch QVGA display, 512MB of RAM, and a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash.
Internal storage is only 512MB, but that can be expanded by 32GB via a microSD card. As you’d expect, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth are also onboard.
There are a few things that the BlackBerry Curve 9310 has over the 9320, however. VZ Navigator will give Verizon subscribers free turn-by-turn navigation, and the built-in parental controls will allow you to restrict certain features if you’re buying this handset for one of your offspring.
The Curve 9310 is available from $99.99 on Verizon, but that can be reduced to $49.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate. That doesn’t sound too expensive until you take the monthly fee into account. SlashGear notes that for unlimited texts and just 300MB of data, you’ll need to spend $80 a month.