Rogers BlackBerry Curve 8900 (with specs)

Rogers officially got around to announcing the BlackBerry Curve 8900. This new Curve packs Quadband GSM, EDGE, Wi-Fi, GPS and a 3.2 megapixel camera. Not only that but its RIM’s thinnest full QWERTY BlacKBerry to date. This new Curve is available from Rogers starting today for $179.99 with three year term. Skip on over for the full press release…

RIM Press Release:

Rogers and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone in Canada

Thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone joins Rogers’ lineup of innovative and stylish BlackBerry smartphones, on Canada’s most reliable wireless network

Toronto and Waterloo, ON - Rogers Wireless (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) today announce the launch of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone.  The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 delivers a sleek, new twist on a classic style, and it is the thinnest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone to date. It combines quad-band EDGE support with built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, a 512 MHz next-generation processor and a dazzling 480 x 360, high-resolution display.

With an expansive feature-set including a powerful media player and 3.2 megapixel camera, as well as advanced phone, email, messaging, organizer and web browser applications, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone makes it incredibly easy to connect with family, friends and co-workers and to stay both productive and entertained while on the go.

“Rogers is thrilled to offer Canadians the exclusive BlackBerry Curve 8900, the smallest full-QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone to enter the market,” said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “With its ingenious design and stunning display, leading-edge mobile messaging system and compatibility with Rogers TalkSpot, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 strikes the right balance between serious business tool and social lifeline.”

“The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone packs an amazing range of useful features into a simply beautiful and compact design,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Research In Motion. “It delivers a winning combination for people who want exceptional phone quality, reliable email and messaging and great media features together with a well designed keyboard and renowned ease-of-use.”

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone from Rogers Wireless features:

  • A refined, streamlined design – the handset weighs just 110 grams and measures only 109mm x 60mm x 13.5mm
  • A brilliant 2.4 inch HVGA+ light-sensing display that makes pictures and videos come to life
  • A 3.2 MP digital camera including auto focus, digital zoom, flash, image stabilization and video recording
  • Built-in GPS supporting TeleNav GPS Navigator™ and BlackBerry® Maps — providing maps, step-by-step directions, and local searches — as well as support for geotagging pictures
  • Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Rogers TalkSpot™ service
  • The Rogers Do More portal enabling access to a variety of mobile  applications for business and personal use
  • Instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk, Windows Live Messenger™ and Yahoo! ® Messenger
  • Support for the Facebook®  for BlackBerry® Smartphones application, which enables fast, streamlined and optimized mobile access to the popular Facebook social utility
  • An advanced media player for music, video and pictures, including support for streaming audio and video
  • An enhanced web browser that displays full web pages quickly, for a desktop-style browsing experience wherever you are
  • MicroSD/SDHC memory card slot supporting cards up to 16 GB, ideal for storing songs, pictures, videos and documents
  • Removable and rechargeable 1400 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time
  • DataViz® Documents To Go® preinstalled, enabling customers to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the smartphone
  • Support for BlackBerry® Media Sync, giving users a simple way to sync iTunes® digital music collections with the smartphone*
  • Premium phone features including voice activated dialing, enhanced background noise cancellation, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals
  • BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments with advanced security and IT controls

Beginning today, the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is available from Rogers from $179.99 with activation on any combination of 3 year voice and data plan with minimum combined monthly service fee of $45 per month from Rogers.  Some conditions apply.

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by Ben Pike