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CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Research In Motion (RIM) has announced its latest phone aimed for the consumer market, the Blackberry Curve 9320.
The handset is a budget addition to RIM's line of phones, sporting a 2.44in non-touch display, a 3.2MP camera and the firm's typically-styled Curve QWERTY keyboard design. Unlike previous models, however, there's a dedicated Blackberry Messenger button, which fires up the messaging app when it's pressed.
Other features include Blackberry OS 7.1, up to 32GB of expandable memory, HSDPA and WiFi connectivity and a pre-installed FM radio.
Carlo Chiarello, RIM's EVP of Smartphone Business said, "The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is designed to make it incredibly easy for users to stay socially-connected."
Despite RIM's lackluster phone sales recently, Chiarello believes the Curve 9320 could turn things around, adding, "The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 will be especially popular with customers upgrading to a smartphone for the first time and existing Curve customers looking for a step up in speed and functionality."
RIM has yet to announce pricing, but Three has revealed that the phone will cost £139.99 on pay as you go and will be available free on a £15 contract. What's more, the mobile operator let slip that the phone will be available to buy from 14 May, which means it will arrive on shelves in the UK on Monday.
If last month's slip up is anything to go by, we'll guess that it will soon be available at T-Mobile too. µ
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