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BlackBerry Curve 8530, Black (Sprint)

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  • 3G-enabled BlackBerry smartphone with full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive optical trackpad; access all your email and messaging as well as social networking
  • Sprint Mobile Broadband Network via EV-DO connectivity; Sprint TV and Sprint Music Store enabled; GPS turn-by-turn directions via Sprint Navigation
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion; digital audio player syncs with iTunes and Windows Media Player
  • Up to 5.4 hours of talk time
  • What's in the Box: handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD card, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 4.3 inches, 2.4 inches, 0.5 inches
  • Weight: 3.84 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: CDMA
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

Everyday living comes to life with the addition of the latest multimedia applications and features such as Facebook® updates and MySpace® notifications automatically sent to your phone, and dedicated media keys that make it easy to enjoy Pandora® or your own music on the go. Experience fast browsing and downloads and send and view photos and videos with the speed of the Now network. This full feature smartphone is slim, compact and lightweight and includes Wi-Fi®, Trackpad navigation and 2.0 MP camera.

The slim, affordable BlackBerry Curve 8530 for Sprint 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), as well as features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. 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.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 in black.

The slim BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone gives you access to Sprint's 3G network, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go
You'll enjoy high-speed connectivity via Sprint's dependable 3G network (EV-DO Rev. 0.) as well as such optional services as Sprint Navigation for GPS turn-by-turn directions and Sprint TV's video-on-demand with full-motion video and vivid sound (see more details on optional services below). Other features include Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g), a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 256 MB internal memory, microSD expansion up to 16 GB, and up to 5.4 hours of talk time.

Key Features

  • Fast 3G connectivity thanks to Sprint's EV–DO, Rev 0 network
  • GPS using Sprint Navigation for turn by turn directions, and points of interest searches
  • BlackBerry OS 5.0 includes typing accuracy and selection improvements, as well as usability and visual enhancements such as inertial scrolling, spin boxes that make it easier to set dates and times, gradient shading on buttons, and more use of animation.
  • Support for BlackBerry App World featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones. Categories include travel, productivity, entertainment, games, social networking and sharing, news and weather, and more.
  • BlackBerry Internet Service offers easy access to up to 10 supported personal and work e-mail accounts and one BlackBerry e-mail account. (Learn more)
  • Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for advanced security and IT administration features within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments. Customers running BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 will gain the ability to set follow-up flags, manage e-mail folders, access remote files (Windows Shares), forward appointments, view calendar attachments, and more.
  • View attachments including JPEG, Adobe PDF, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Mac compatibility with BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac enabling you to sync contacts, calendars, and notes with applications you use most.
  • Brightly colorful 2.6-inch LCD screen with 320 x 240-pixel resolution and 65K color depth
  • 35-key backlit full QWERTY keyboard
  • Innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad that 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.
  • 2-megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom, built-in flash, self-portrait mirror and full screen viewfinder
  • Video capture capabilities in two resolutions (320 x 240 pixels for saving; 176 x 144 pixels for sending via messaging).
  • Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos
  • Dedicated media keys smoothly integrated along the top of the handset
  • BlackBerry Media Sync is built right into your BlackBerry Desktop Software and lets you sync your desktop iTunes or Windows Media Player music files with your BlackBerry smartphone. If you're a Mac user, just choose the "media" option and you're ready to sync your iTunes music collection from your BlackBerry smartphone onto your Mac.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity with stereo music streaming (A2DP) capabilities as well as compatibility with hands-free devices (headsets and car kits) and dial-up networking.
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g) for accessing home and corporate networks as well as hotspots while on the go.
  • Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 16 GB. A 2 GB microSD card is included.
  • Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture and IM instant messaging (via popular services).
  • Improved BlackBerry Browser with faster JavaScript and CSS processing as well as support for Gears and BlackBerry Widgets.
  • Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.
  • Voice dialing capabilities

The full QWERTY keyboard makes sending e-mails and editing documents quick and easy..
Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry Curve 8530 weighs 3.9 ounces and measures 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 5.4 hours of talk time. It runs on the 800/1900 CDMA/EV-DO Rev. 0 frequencies.

What's in the Box
BlackBerry Curve 8530 handset, rechargeable battery, charger, 2 GB microSD card, USB cable, quick start guide, user manual

Sprint Services

  • Broadband-like 3G network: Supporting the EV-DO Rev. A high-speed data standard, this phone enables you to download and stream high-quality video, straight onto your phone. Where coverage is available, EV-DO Rev. A connectivity provides average download speeds ranging from 400 to 700 Kbps, with peak rates up to 2 Mbps.

  • Sprint TV enabled: With Sprint TV, you can make your cell phone your always-on source for news, weather, sports and more. This comprehensive video service combines high-quality streaming audio and video from channels including ABC, The Weather Channel, Fox Sports, E!, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and more.

  • Sprint Music Store enabled: The Sprint Music Store enables you to buy, download, and then jam out wherever you are with new songs or old favorites. Offering a growing selection of more than 1.6 million songs, the store provides you two copies of each song--one for the phone and another for the PC, as well as the ability to burn songs to a CD using Windows Media Player. Save your songs to a memory card with a capacity that's right for you.

  • GPS capable with Sprint Navigation: This GPS-enabled phone provides optional access to Sprint Navigation for driving directions on your mobile phone--by voice and onscreen. Along the way, turn-by-turn directions will be announced in a clear voice and displayed on your phone. For example, Sprint Navigation will say, "Go 1.2 miles and turn right on Elm Street." As you approach the turn, you will hear, "Turn right on Elm Street." Sprint Navigation also provides proactive traffic alerts with one click re-routing. And it's easy to find restaurants, banks, cafes, hotels and more from over 10 million points of interest across the U.S.

  • Stay Sporty with Sprint: With NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, instantly connect to the NASCAR information you want, when you want it. Follow NASCAR action from practice to race day with real-time leaderboard and alerts. Get exclusive access to your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with real-time driver stats, breaking news and more. Live in-car audio, race radio, NASCAR on SPEED and other audio/video only available on select phones. Visit for details.

    To access, just text "NASCAR" to 7777 on your Sprint phone or visit the Sprint Digital Lounge to download NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile (standard text messaging and data rates apply).

    This phone also provides access to Sprint Football Live--free for any phone with a data plan. You'll be able to follow all the live play-by-play action with the Live Game Center for both pro and college football games, as well as stay on top of the pro football draft with a Live Draft Tracker and in-depth analysis and bios on nearly 500 top prospects. Access by texting "FOOTBALL" to 7777 on the handset to download Sprint Football Live from Sprint Digital Lounge (standard text messaging and data rates apply).

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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) plus one BlackBerry e-mail account, as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server, enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches ; 3.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0032JTPMU
  • Item model number: Curve 8530
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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when i first thought about purchasing a phone from amazon i was, to say the least, skeptical. with all the amazon phone buying horror stories going around i felt as if this could easily happen to me as well. Looking for an older model bb new was the easy part but finding the best seller was the hard part. let me tell you Ebargain100 is 100% legit. i purchased this curve on Dec 1st and within 3 days with regular shipping i got it which was surprising bc it wasn't scheduled to arrive until the 8th. right off the bat the packaging was great. The package included a custom Blackberry box and a car charger adaptor! i had no idea it came with it so that was a nice surprise. When i opened the bb box i found the brand new 8530 with the cd, manual, usb charger/wall charger, the official bb leather case and the bb headphones. Everything was brand new no wear on any items. i was kinda wondering why the box wasn't the official bb box so out of curiosity i called the Ebargain100 number. she answered instantly and insured me all contents were new but they buy the bb in bulk so they have to buy all accessories separately and make their own boxes to fit the contents. i am extremely happy to get a brand new bb with extras for such a low price. i recommend Ebargains100 to any skeptical buyer such as myself. oh one more thing, not a big deal but i know for buying a sprint 8530 curve you would usually get a 2 gig mini sd card which did not come with this package. other then that this is by far worth the money and is a great buy for Christmas!!
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I've had this phone for about 1.5 years. I've full-on dropped it on the concrete running through the train station I don't know how many times, it never even notices. Today it left it on the roof of my car and drove away...I'm embarrassed to admit -- but it's for a good cause! It flew off in the street and GOT RUN OVER. The backplate and battery were nearby. I put the battery back in (backplate won't quite fit properly) and it turned right on. I am still in communication with the outside world.

Yes, the screen is small. The camera, not so great. The GoogleSync can be intrusive. When you navigate you have to manually refresh from your current location. But it'll crack the screen of any iPhone with its keyboard tied behind its back, and then swagger away.
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I am very skeptical about purchasing cell phones over the internet, especially Sprint since they are still using ESN's. However, I had no choice as my daughter breaks every phone she gets within months. The phone is working great and is pretty durable. I will keep this seller in mind for future purchases.
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I have been with Sprint for quite some time now and have found their service to be fairly solid. Prior to the 8530, I had the Blackberry Curve 8330. This phone is a major step forward (see below); however, there are certain features from the old Curve that do not appear on this one. For instance, I was dismayed to find that the phone does not have a flash for the camera anymore. It's not clear why they removed it, as the old Curve had a flash. In addition, could the battery have gotten worse?? I realize this phone has many more features, some of which drain the batter life (i.e. WiFi), but they have to continue to make improvements to the battery to keep up with these improvements.


*Clearer Screen - I'm not sure if the screen was replaced or upgraded, but it looks much clearer to me than my old Curve. The colors are much more vibrant and the resolution seems better.
*Much faster processor - Sifting through emails or menus is much quicker on this phone than on the old Curve
*Media processing - I'm able to sort through music, pictures, and videos much quicker and easier than with the old Curve. If you're like me and store a lot of media on the phone, you know how bogged down it can become. I have an 8gb memory chip in this phone and it has not noticeably slowed the phone down. Loading new music on here is much quicker than it was before.
*WiFi - I use the WiFi almost exclusively now to browse the internet. I get download speeds of upwards of 150 kb/sec on my phone!


*No Flash for the camera
*Construction - This phone feels even cheaper made than the old Curve, which is saying a lot. Each time I drop the phone, I think it will be the last time it will work. Should you get this phone, but INSURANCE just in case.
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Just upgraded to the 8530 last week and wow I love this unit! Nice design, very fast processor, crisp graphics and resolution, and the touch pad is a welcome upgrade from the trackball. The not so perfect - battery life is anemic. It seems to eat a lot of juice. The unit is power intensive with it's graphic interface and media features so it's safe to say it's underpowered. You can buy a more powerful battery but it seems if that exists it should have been pre-installed on the 8530 to begin with. A minor peeve is the keyboard size. Although it has a Qwerty style keyboard the buttons are too small. Easy to hit the wrong ones when typing. But that's a minor thing and I found the more I use it the more I get used to it. The camera feature is so far the best I have had although there is no flash. Other complaints I've read about a cheap design and flimsy battery cover may be based on experiences with previous BB models but I don't see it. I see nothing cheap about this unit. I do think it's stylish, reliable, quick, compact, and a lot of fun. I recommend it.
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