Verizon and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a new 3G version of the BlackBerry Curve today. It will become available on September 16 in business sales channels, and through Verizon in the coming weeks.
The device comes in charcoal or fuchsia red. Here are the features and specs as noted in the announcement:
Stylish new design (4.3" x 2.4" x .55" and 3.7 oz.) with face finished in a mirror-like trim; black, soft-touch sides; and textured back for a comfortable, secure feel in the hand
35-key full QWERTY backlit keyboard for fast, accurate typing and optical trackpad for easy and fluid navigation
Dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the smartphone, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go
BlackBerry(R) Media Sync to easily sync music as well as photos with the smartphone*
512 MB Flash memory and microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage
Built-in GPS with support for geo-tagging and location-based applications, including VZ Navigator(R), which provides audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and the option to share the directions with others
Built-in Wi-Fi(R) (802.11 b/g) for fast browsing; smooth music streaming; and the ability to talk on the phone while browsing the Web, instant message with BBM(TM) (BlackBerry(R) Messenger), and share location with friends on popular social networking sites
Camera with video recording (requires a separately sold microSD card)
Industry-leading BlackBerry e-mail and messaging capabilities
Easy mobile access to Facebook(R), Twitter(TM), MySpace(TM) and Flickr(R) as well as popular instant messaging services
Support for BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
Premium phone features, including voice-activated dialing, speakerphone, and Bluetooth(R) (2.1)
The BlackBerrry Curve 3TG will cost $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Data plans begin at $29.99 when added to any nationwide voice plan.