As INQ prepares to release two successors to the INQ1 ‘Facebook phone’, Research In Motion launches the BlackBerry Curve 8520 — a phone that could take the jam out of INQ’s doughnut. Billed as ‘the most affordable BlackBerry smartphone from Vodafone’, the latest addition to the BlackBerry Curve range is primed for mobile Facebook action.
The Curve 8520 comes with an optical trackpad, instead of the traditional BlackBerry trackball/pearl, which RIM says is better for scrolling through messages and Facebook pages. Music and multimedia support is also a prominent feature of the Curve 8520. It comes with dedicated music and video keys, a 3.5mm jack and can hold memory cards of up to 16GB in size – that’s four times the amount of maximum memory available on the INQ Chat.
While there’s Wi-Fi, 3G support is noticeably absent. Presumably this is to help drive down costs, extend battery life and allow the phone to run faster. The camera is also a weedy 2-megapixel effort, and it doesn’t look like there’s any sort of flash present.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 is available now on Vodafone Pay Monthly plans from £25 a month. The £25 24 month plan gives you 300 minutes and unlimited texts, as well as unlimited mobile internet. The least expensive 18 month plan costs £35 per month, which gives you 600 minutes plus unlimited texts and internet.