Research in Motion (RIM) is launching its new BlackBerry Curve 9320 handset, targeted at 'socially connected customers', in the UK next week.
The device includes a dedicated BBM key, which allows consumers to bring up its social network in an instant, as well as a virtual keyboard for typing. The Curve 9320 has been designed to connect to 3G for a long period of time, and offers seven hours of talktime, or up to 30 hours of FM radio listening or music playback.
Three is among the operators that will sell the device, which can be bought on prepay for £139.99 or on contract from £15 per month. Three head of handsets Sylvia Chind said: 'The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is a great handset for social networking addicts who want to stay in touch while on-the-go.'
The Curve 9320 comes preloaded with BlackBerry's Social Feeds 2.0 app, which allows users to post to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources, social apps and instant messaging apps. The device runs the new 7.1 OS, which includes features like Mobile Hotspot and Wi-Fi Calling.
RIM's executive VP for its smartphone business, Carlo Chiarello, said: 'The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 is designed to make it incredibly easy for users to stay socially-connected. 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.'
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