BlackBerry Curve 9360 hits local shelves PDF Print E-mail

The smartphone from Research In Motion is available through Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.

The BlackBerry Curve 9360 is the latest smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) to hit SA`s shores, and is available as of today via Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.

Running on the BlackBerry 7 operating system, with an 800MHz processor, the handset features a qwerty keyboard and optical trackpad. It comes equipped with a 2.44-inch 480x360 display, 5MP camera, microSDHC card slot, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.

The 9360 also features built-in support for near-field communication technology and is preloaded with Social Feeds (2.0), which includes BBM, Facebook and Twitter in a consolidated view.

The BlackBerry Curve has proven popular as an entry-level smartphone, particularly in emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East.

Director of product management for Africa at RIM, Rui Brites, says the Curve series has done well in SA. “We think customers will be very impressed with this new model and with the new BlackBerry 7 operating system. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 makes it easier to stay socially connected, and offers a performance boost with a faster and smoother Web browsing experience.”

The 9360 was one of three new Curves announced by RIM in August, along with the 9350 and 9370.

At the time, RIM said the new models were designed to address a large segment of the mobile market that includes customers looking to upgrade their existing feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve.

The handset is available at MTN on a 24-month Anytime 100 contract for R199 per month, with 100 free minutes, BIS and 25 free SMSes.

Cell C has the new Curve on offer with the BlackBerry All Week 100 24-month contract at R279 per month, which includes 100 anytime minutes per month.

Vodacom is offering the 9360, with BIS, on a 24-month Everyday off-peak 120 contract, for R229 a month. The operator`s recommended cash price for the smartphone is R3 989, including VAT.

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