The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is now available in Australia to Vodafone corporate and Business One customers. Regular consumers (who would probably love this phone) will have to wait for a little while.Available for $929 outright or on a range of business plans, the Curve 8900 is the smallest and lightest full qwerty Blackberry ever. The US guys gave their impressions back in January, and from the 24 hours or so that I've been playing with it, I pretty much agree with everything they said. If it had 3G, and if RIM's App World was available in Australia, I reckon I'd be mighty tempted to move away from the iPhone. Or at least carry two devices...
There's no exclusive deal with Vodafone as such, so you may see it on other carriers soon, although no announcements have been made yet. In the meantime, here's the Voda announcement for your enjoyment:
The Thinnest and Lightest Full-QWERTY BlackBerry Smartphone Now Available in Australia
New BlackBerry Curve 8900 Smartphone Delivers GPS, Wi-Fi, Enhanced Multimedia Capabilities and More
02 April 2009 - Sydney, Australia - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM: TSX: RIM) today introduced the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 8900 smartphone - the thinnest and lightest full-QWERTY BlackBerry® smartphone - for the Australian market.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone features an elegant, compact design with a stylish black finish and chrome frame. It includes an easy-to-use full-QWERTY keyboard, a large and vivid display featuring the highest resolution available on a BlackBerry smartphone (480x360) and a next generation 512MHz processor for fast and responsive performance, as well as built-in Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g) and built-in GPS with support for location-based applications and services. It also supports a wide range of popular communications, social networking and multimedia applications, making it easier than ever to stay connected, productive and entertained.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone provides advanced multimedia capabilities including a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilisation, digital zoom, flash and video recording, and a rich media player together with a 3.5mm stereo headset jack and headset. It includes a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot (with a 256MB card included) and can support memory cards of up to 16GB, allowing customers to carry and capture more of their favourite music, pictures and video wherever they go.
The BlackBerry Curve 8900 is a quad-band smartphone that supports international roaming, allowing users to stay connected while traveling abroad. It is supported on both BlackBerry® Internet Service and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server. In addition, a wide range of third party mobile business and lifestyle applications support the new smartphone. For more information about applications, please visit: http://au.blackberry.com/services/applications.jsp.
The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone is currently available from Vodafone Australia. Vodafone Australia also stocks a range of accessories for the BlackBerry Curve 8900 including luxurious cases and Bluetooth® accessories.
For more information about the BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone, please visit au.blackberry.com