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BlackBerry Curve 8520, Black (T-Mobile)

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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.29 inches, 2.36 inches, 0.54 inches
  • Weight: 3.68 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 330 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 348 hours
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Product Description

Product Description

BlackBerry Curve 8520 is the first RIM device that will be able to sync iTunes playlists, personal info, organizer memos etc. with Mac-running computers. The release of the new version of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager in September will enable that kind of functionality for the rest of the company's product line. The QWERTY-enabled 8520 packs a 65K-color landscape QVGA TFT display. It has quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and a built-in GPS receiver. A 2 megapixel snapper, Bluetooth and USB. Click the specification tab for the complete list of noteworthy features.

The slim, affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520 for T-Mobile is perfect for those who need to be connected to work, friends and family while on the go. It provides easy mobile access to e-mail, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity for access to the Internet and e-mail as well as access to T-Mobile's Hotspot @Home service.

The slim BlackBerry Curve 8520 features an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad and full QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
You'll be able to access BlackBerry App World to download applications from a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, including games, entertainment, social networking and sharing, news and weather, productivity and more. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 256 MB internal memory, microSD expansion up to 16 GB (a 1 GB card is included), quad-band GSM and EDGE connectivity, and up to 4.5 hours of talk time.

T-Mobile Services
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and can handle high-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.

With T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service, you'll effortlessly transition between Wi-Fi calling and T-Mobile's wireless network while you talk. You can get unlimited nationwide calls over Wi-Fi--at home via your wireless router or at any U.S. T-Mobile HotSpot. You can also use the HotSpot @Home service via most open, or unsecured, wireless routers, as well as any secured wireless router for which you have access to the password from the owner. This phone is compatible with routers running the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi standard. Whenever you're not using a Wi-Fi network, this phone works just like a regular mobile phone, using your Whenever Minutes under your T-Mobile voice plan.

Key Features
  • 2 MP camera/camcorder
  • microSD memory expansion
  • Hands-free/stereo Bluetooth
  • Corporate & personal e-mail
  • Access Facebook & MySpace
  • Sync digital audio with iTunes and Windows Media Player
  • Wi-Fi-enabled for T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service
Staying Connected
With BlackBerry's push e-mail technology, your e-mail will find you without having to initiate a connection. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, notifying you as new e-mail arrives. In addition to the text, you can also receive and view attachments in a wide range of popular file formats, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF.

Browse the web with the integrated, full-featured browser, which quickly and efficiently displays HTML pages as well as enables you to set up RSS feeds to stay connected to up-to-the-minute news and blog posts. And keep up with your contacts using a variety of instant message (IM) networks, including the integrated Blackberry Messenger as well as downloadable clients for Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, and Lotus Sametime.

For corporate users, the Curve delivers all the enterprise e-mail and messaging capabilities you've come to expect. It's supported on BlackBerry Internet Service, giving you access to up to 10 work or personal e-mail accounts (including most popular ISP e-mail accounts--including Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL and Gmail), as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server, enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments.

Wi-Fi-enabled and compatible with unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi calling with T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling service (see larger image).
Phone Features
Designed to be efficient and convenient, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 introduces an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad, which makes scrolling and selection smooth and easy for a great navigation experience. Like a laptop, the trackpad lets you scroll through menus, icons and info by gliding your finger over it. Press and click to select an item and navigate to where you want to go. It's complemented by a 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard.

It is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature dedicated media keys, smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, providing an easy, convenient way to control your music and video playback. Skip over songs, pause music to talk, or repeat your favorites over and over. You can even mute phone calls with the easy-access mute button. The phone also features a bright 2.6-inch color TFT screen that supports 65K colors and has a 320 x 240-pixel resolution. It has a 256 MB internal memory that can be expanded via optional microSD/SDHC memory cards up to 16 GB in size (a 1 GB card is included in the package.

Hands-free communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send e-mail, and access files from a server (additional charges or subscription applicable).

You can snap vivid photos (though no video) using the 2-megapixel camera on the back of the Curve 8520, which also features a 5x digital zoom, built-in flash, self-portrait mirror and full screen viewfinder. Additionally, it can capture videos in two resolutions (320 x 240 pixels for saving; 176 x 144 pixels for sending via messaging). Take photos or videos and upload them to photo sharing apps like Flickr Uploader or social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Send them to friends with MMS messages, BlackBerry Messenger or other instant messaging apps.

Listen to your favorite music and watch downloaded videos using the included stereo headset, or use an optional wireless headphone thanks to the Curve's support for the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP). The Curve is compatible with a wide variety of file formats, including MP3, WMA9 PRO/WMA 10 and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ audio and WMV, MPEG4 and H.263 video. And with BlackBerry Media Sync you can quickly and easily sync music from iTunes and Windows Media Player with the smartphone.

Other features include:

  • Mac compatibility with the upcoming release of BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac, enabling you to sync contacts, calendars, and notes with applications you use most.
  • 512 MHz next-generation processor for enhanced performance
  • Voice dialing: Call someone with simple voice commands to keep your hands free for activities like driving.
  • Media Keys: Play/Pause/Mute, Back, Forward
  • Security: Password protection, keyboard lock, sleep mode
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Ringtones: MP3 and 32-chord polyphonic
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), DUN (dial-up networking), SPP (serial port profile)

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 weighs 3.8 ounces and measures 2.4 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.5 hours of talk time, and up to 408 hours (17 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches ; 3.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002JPJ118
  • Item model number: Gemini 8520
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Why are all BlackBerrys so expensive? Why can't we get the latest model in a reasonable price? The BlackBerry Bold was $299 with a two-year contract when it was first released on the AT&T network. The new Tour is $199 (with mail-rebate ) in both Verizon and Sprint. The Curve 8900 is $149 in T-Mobile -- still a little too steep for some people. Lower end users rejoice! Here comes the new Curve 8520! This new addition to the BB family has a new design and some introductory features, at an affordable price from T-Mobile.

What separates this phone from others of the BB family is the new optical trackpad. Instead of a trackball, you use the trackpad to navigate, scroll and click on the contents of your phone. It's similar to trackpads found in the new MacBooks and some netbooks, and it is similar to the Storm's click-touchscreen, and it's quite easy to use. In fact, it is better than the trackball, in my opinion, because it moves faster and it's less likely to break or skip applications on you. It only took me about ten minutes to get used to it and so far I'm loving it. The 8520 also sports a new look. It is mostly made of some sturdy plastic, with rubbery edges and side-buttons, and with music buttons on the top of the phone for easy access to your entertainment. This new BlackBerry seems to be marketed for multimedia phone lovers as well as smartphone users. You get a bit of both, for this BB still has its useful business functionalities. The QWERTY keypad is easy comfortable to type on, no much change there. T-Mobile offers WiFi for faster Internet speed as well as making phone calls through that network (instead of using your minutes). All you have to do is be at a WiFi hotspot to take advantage of this useful and affordable feature.
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I picked up the Blackberry Curve 8520 with my corporate discount and walked away with a nice phone at a very reasonable price. I have to say that I really enjoy the web browser on the new BB. You can zoom in & out with ease. I thought no browser could compare to the iPod Safari besides the Android G1, but after getting this device - I can safely say that this browser is also one of the best. Its right behind the safari and G1. Prior models were confined to small screens, thirty-five dollar internet only data plans, and no ability to zoom in or out. You were subjected to a small screen and reading small text till your eyes was squinting like grandmas.

Nice price for new smartphone users
Nice fashion colors that only the CURVE series has
3.5 MM headjack
Nice form factor
New OS (ONly 5.0 OS for SPrint and Verizon users)
Decent call quality (No issues yet)
Excellent new broswer
Mini SD up to 16GB (Wish it was 32GB)
Use your songs as ringers
Personal Email (Up to 10 accounts can be added)
BB Meesenger
BB App World
Full HTML Web Browser (Sometimes)
Excellent Multimedia Player (Accepts every format possible)
Crystal clear screen for playing videos
Includes 2 chargers (Wall Charger & USB charger)
Includes ear phones

For long time BB users, this device is really just a cosmetic upgrade with a new OS (Flashier Icons)
Micro USB (No more Mini USB)
No Flash on the camera
Only one theme
Feels like a plastic toy
No threaded text messaging
Poor screen resolution
Non RIMM Consumer Changes Mind!
No 3G (ONly 3G for Sprint and Verizon users)
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I just bought this BB and let me tell you it is great, the features in this device are very nice..

First at all I have to tell to those who says this device looks with a lower quality because it is cheaper that your are SO Wrong!! it looks classy and modern, the black one that I own.

Although the lack of flash might seem like bummer, let me tell you that for me is not that big deal, cuz at night if you have proper light you can take very decent pictures, the missing flash its something I can live without.

The track pad is the greatest of all features, You wouldn't beleive how diferent and better than the track ball this feature is, no wonder why RIM wants to incorporate this track pad to all the future models!!It is such great evolution to the BB world.

Excellent phone, I recomed it 110% !!!!!!!!!!
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My review on the 8520 is pretty subjective......but here goes......I've owned nearly every RIM GSM device over the last 5 years.....honestly this is my favorite. I will admit I was extremely surprised at my fondness of this device. Out of the box the device has a sexy feel and the back is sleek and stylish......I love the way the new camera is designed and has the appearance of the iPhone.......being a trackball guy I was suspicious to say the least of the "trackpad" but fell in love not to mention the relief of knowing I wont have to regularly replace the ball......

The UI is still the same with an improved processor so you get much faster & smoother response. The overall housing is a pleasure to handle and I have received MANY compliments including those with iPhone's. Email and browsing experience is still the same with the ultra reliable "push" email and the disappointing browsing experience....but lets be honest if you wanted browsing you'd go iPhone or android.....

The keyboard is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C........spaced well, raised and great for us fat fingered guys....but also slanted a bit for the more petite....the screen is gorgeous.....the battery life is 2 full days including some web.....heavy email & texting throughout the day and 30-40 mins of talk a day in what amounts to wireless hell. The device uses a micro usb so be sure to purchase accessories accordingly......the device overall is easy to use one handed....not & sleek but also feels rugged due to the sleek rubber edges....comes in 3 colors including black ....frost.....white.

I love the BB messenger which is essentially a IM application only for BB's..........the weather apps and many others available [...] for themes for customizing and the bevy of accessories.
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