Rumor site Boy Genius Report is reporting that the BlackBerry Curve 8330 will be headed to Sprint and Verizon. The device will finally give CDMA carriers a key missing device: A multimedia BlackBerry.
While Verizon has just launched the BlackBerry 8830, and Sprint plans to do so early next month, both carriers have been lacking the recent wave of consumer-focused RIM devices. Both carriers did not receive a variant of the 8100 Pearl, RIM’s first multi-media BlackBerry. The Curve being the more-traditional version of the Pearl (adding a traditional keyboard and GPS) has often been considered the next BlackBerry to be ported to CDMA.
While rumors do point to the device retaining the GSM international roaming support, it is not clear how a multimedia BlackBerry would fit into the more-integrated CDMA carrier offerings. Both Sprint and Verizon offer music stores and video-on-demand services. It is not clear if RIM has been holding back on multimedia CDMA BlackBerries in order to support these platforms. However, with the BlackBerry being Java-based, it does appear possible that Sprint’s Java-based Music Store could be ported to the Curve. This would mark the first time a CDMA carrier delivered its multimedia services (TV & Music) to a Smart Device.
33 responses to “Rumor: Curve to Head to Sprint, Verizon on CDMA”
is there any updsate with the curve headed to sprint?
same question here…….
the current sprint lineup is diplorable
I ASKED A SPRINT REP IN NYC (5TH AVE LOCATION) ON SATURDAY 2/2/08, THEY STATED SPRINT WILL LAUNCH THE BLACKBERRY CURVE IN 3/08, CAN ANYBODY ATTEST TO THIS FURTHER?
I’ve contact Verizon customer service they advise me Verizon have no plan of carring the Balckberry Curve. If you heard otherwise can you indicate when is the curve is comming to Sprint.
Verizon customer service is not made aware of devices pre-release. I would not consider that information to be reliable.
i have a friend who is a manager at a verizon store in nyc. he said the curve will be coming to verizon but not until early summer at earliest.
April 2008 is what someone who seems to know told me about the curve on Sprint.
I work for as an Indirect Agent for Verizon, I was told the “CURVE” 8330 will be released in March of 2008, not an exact date. I currently have the “PEARL” 8130, it’s an excellent phone I sell more of them than any other unit.
It’s all about preference, the 8130 has SureType. I figure let the software do the work, RIM can keep the extra keys! Nice unit though! For whoever is interested feel free to Email if you’re looking for a deal at Verizon!
Verizon Wireless Will not be getting the BlackBerry Cuve until a much later date, Sprint has put out a Press Release regarding the new BlackBerry Curve for CDMA and there was photo’s linked of the new CDMA Curve for Sprint.
But Really Verizon really buts a cap to the BlackBerry’s on thier Internet limit and Verizon is very expensive rather Sprint for $30 Everything is unlimted expect the Calling Plan.
Where did you read that Sprint Press Release on the Curve?
I couldn’t find any press release from RIM and I’m pretty sure they’d have it posted here: http://www.rim.com/news/press/index.shtml
I asked a sprint rep earlier this week (2/18/08) and he said that there is no sign of a curve launch as of now, but that most blackberry’s come out in the summer.
I have been told by a reliable source, that Sprint will be getting the Blackberry Curve in the Spring.
Actually the Curve will be coming to Verizon soon… No date set but it looks like they will finally be getting the curve
The waiting game for the curve stinks and I don’t like it. I feel like I am on a waiting list to buy a black and white tube television amidst the current top line models of flat panel LCD and plasma sets.
Waiting to pay hard-earned money for a wireless product that many others already have is frustrating. When the curve FINALLY becomes available through my wireless provider, my unit will have an expensive equipment price and surely many of the “cool” Blackberry/RIM tech features I have read about will have been disabled. Oh yeah, the technology and design of the device will be well over a year old as well…
In conclusion, I credit the talented people who created (not those who actually sold) the BILLION dollar generating idea of CDMA to both the American Government and the public. CDMA is the wireless equivalent of the English measuring system versus the universally accepted and much easier to understand metric system(GSM)…
Im going to the post office tomorrow. Stamps cost 37 cents each. Maybe USPS has ones with pictures of blackberries on them…
Sorry for the crazy rant. Thanks for reading. I do feel a bit better now…..
April 16th is the release date for the curve on sprint read more here…
I just spoke with a Verizon rep. and was informed that the Curve will be available to Verizon in mid/late summer. Is it really worth waiting that long to have something everyone else would have had already? I am getting really turned off!!
i work for Sprint in California…..a fellow co-worker who is apart of our data team, saw the
the Curve at a Data-Road-Show…..
The phone should be out sometime this month….
Yet, we all wait for Verizon devices. I too am waiting for the curve. I am a northern VA guy and considering T-Mobile’s curve because it has the wi-fi hot spot feature. it just sucks always waiting for a device from verizon seeing features allowed by other carriers only to get a wiped version to play with! is verizon really that much better, that we pay extra $ for their services? ugh!
I just spoke with a sprint rep and he said that Sprint will get the Curve mid April.
I just went to a verizon store, and the rep told me that Verizon is getting BB curve soon too. He confirmed Sprint’s announcement for the BB curve by mid April, so Verizon should be soon after that. I went in there wanting to get a BB pearl, but he convinced me to wait until the BB curve comes. He said I should wait for the BB pearl until curve comes out because the BB pearl price will go down then….does anyone else think that’s true?
I just got off the phone with a Verizon reps names Markus, i threatened to leave because of some billing issues. So they were able to credit some of the wrong charges. At the end of the conversation, i asked him if the curve will be in store soon, the guy told me that yes, indeed, it will be mid of 2nd quarter sometimes in May 2008, on top of the BB curve, Verizon line up also consists of LG Envy 2 and also the cmda version of LG Prada. Unless the dude was yanking my chains… that sounds very promising.
check this link out, Verizon curve is due in May
Verizon Parades Spring Lineup
Today, 2:00 AM by Rich Brome
Verizon Wireless today revealed its spring lineup of smartphones and messaging phones:
BlackBerry Curve 8330: Features a 2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, support for memory cards up to 8 GB, stereo Bluetooth, EVDO, and streaming video playback (supports YouTube.) Available in May.
LG enV2: A slimmer version of the enV, with larger external keys and a larger internal display. Key features include a 2 megapixel camera, slot for memory cards up to 8 GB, stereo Bluetooth, and text-to-speech. Available in April.
XV6900: Verizon’s version of the HTC Touch. Available in April.
Motrola Q9c: Similar to the Q9m, but with more business-friendly styling, plus support for location-based services. Available in April.
Samsung Alias: Tweaked version of U740, with silver color and improved keyboard.
May 2008 it is:
BUT WHEN FOR SPRINT? I DONT WANT TO PAY $10+ FOR VZNAVIGATOR- IT SUCKS
Talked to a Sprint rep last night 04/05/2008 and she got a notice on her desk that day saying that the Curve will go on the shelf on the 20th of this month.
Just left the spring store and the rep said April 20th for the Curve.
i work for Sprint and Yes we well start selling it on the 20th of this month it had the 4.3.1 software already on it
The Curve will not be available until the beginning of June 2008.
Rob you are correct sprint will not get the curve until June that is our eta on it however if you go in to an updated corporate store they do have the curve on a poster so maybe sooner who knows
IT IS OUT TODAY FOR ORDER. I JUST ORDERED MINE, IT WILL BE IN TOMORROW MORNING. $179.99 I OWN A SPRINT/NEXTEL STORE AND WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER. I CAN’T WAIT TIL TOMORROW.
I got my curve in the mail today only $74.99 YAAAY