Vodacom to Release New BlackBerry Curve 3G in September 2010


We have just received confirmation from Vodacom that the country's largest mobile network will indeed be bringing the newly-announced BlackBerry Curve 3G to South Africa.

It is estimated to arrive in September, and should be a viable replacement for the older Curve 8520 model (the Curve 3G is model no. 9300).

So why should you care about this new phone? Well, if you, like me, are anticipating a move to the BlackBerry for its economical usage and functionality, then this is an ideal choice if you aren't wanting to splurge on the more expensive Bold 9700 or Torch 9800.

The Curve 3G is ready for the newly released BlackBerry OS 6 software (the Curve 8520 is not upgradeable to this newer version). It also includes 3G capability for faster internet browsing on the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), and has a built-in GPS radio for navigation with BlackBerry Maps and other navigation apps (the Curve 8520 doesn't have these two features).

It's only fault could be the 2-megapixel camera, but in my opinion, if you already own a good-quality digital camera, there isn't much need for something powerful on a mobile phone (although RIM could've done better with this camera, seeing as most smartphones ship today with at least a 3.2 megapixel camera).

So, set your calendars for September 2010, when the new BlackBerry Curve 3G is expected to hit South African Vodacom stores nationwide.

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