is adding RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8520 to its lineup. Like many BlackBerry
the Curve 8520 features a full QWERTY keyboard and a touch-sensitive trackpad.
It also has built-in Wi-Fi, an advanced media player with dedicated media keys,
and a 2 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities. Other key specs
include a 320x240 display, a 512 MHz processor, and 256 MB of Flash memory.
AT&T currently offers more than 20,000 U.S. hotspots for
Wi-Fi access. As with other Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry smartphones from AT&T,
BlackBerry Curve 8520 users with a qualifying data plan get unlimited access to
these domestic hotspots at no additional cost. All consumer BlackBerry
unlimited data plans qualify for this access. When traveling outside the U.S., AT&T
provides access to wireless voice coverage in more than 215 countries and
wireless data coverage in more than 185 countries.
The Curve 8520 gives users the ability to edit Microsoft
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files using the DataViz Documents to Go suite. The Curve
8520 also comes preloaded with Facebook and My Space applications.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone will be available in
the coming weeks for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. A two-year agreement and
a minimum service plan of $69.99 are required.