BlackBerry Curve 3G Getting OS 6

The BlackBerry Curve 9300 (also known as the Curve 3G) is going to be shipping with BlackBerry OS 5 but upgradable to OS 6. That announcement from Research In Motion (RIM) certainly was not expected. RIM so far had only firmed OS 6 compatibility with the Bold 9700, 9650, Pearl 3G (9100 and 9105), August 12th launching Torch 9800 and unannounced Bold 9780. The Curve 3G getting OS 6 should give RIM a boost across the United States, as smaller, local carriers plan to tout the phones as entry-level smartphones.
While the 9300 will certainly not be a game changer, and shares nearly everything with the Curve 8520, OS 6 support should keep it a viable option for those who want BlackBerry features and a physical keyboard without spending an arm and a leg. Here is a look at the specs if you are unfamiliar:
  • 624 MHz processor
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 256MB of flash storage with microSD support up to 32GB
  • 2 megapixel camera without flash
  • Wi-Fi and GPS
  • 320×240 screen resolution
  • BlackBerry OS 6 compatibility
Since OS 6 is a go for this phone, that new BlackBerry Browser based on the same Webkit technology that Apple and Google use for their smartphone browsers is sure to impress quite a few users. It certainly is greatly improved over anything RIM has produced before and is comparable in speed and features to what Apple’s iOS-powered devices offer when accounting for hardware differences. A new, integrated Social Feeds app is also new for OS 6. It helps you manage all of your social media options to keep you from getting overwhelmed.
The 9300’s low price point and wide availability will all help keep BlackBerry from being stuck with a reputation for making smartphones for only the corporate world and should give those feature (read messaging) phones a good run for their money. After all, who would stick with a gimmicky text messaging phone with a keyboard that will break after heavy use when they can get a BlackBerry for a similar price? A new strategy from RIM and a good one. BlackBerry Messenger just might become the next big thing.
Let us know what you think and if the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) just moved a few spaces up your wish list.
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