AT&T Adds BlackBerry Curve 8520 To Smartphone Lineup

AT&T is adding RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8520 to its lineup. Like many BlackBerry handhelds, 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.