BlackBerry Curve 9300 “Kepler” Being Approved by FCC—Coming Soon

I have been talking about Research In Motion Ltd.’s (RIM) upcoming new smartphone, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (code named “Kepler”) quite a bit recently, and the phone will be arriving in stores soon. The proof? It has popped up on the FCC’s online database, meaning it has been finalized and is being tested to ensure compliance with FCC regulations regarding devices that emit radio frequencies. Layman’s terms: the government is testing it to make sure it will not blow up your microwave oven before RIM can sell it.

So while we all wait for RIM’s new phone to roll out—remember that it is expected to be BlackBerry OS 6 compatible—here is a rundown on exactly what is known about the Kepler:

-          Will be available in CDMA and GSM varieties (T-Mobile might have limited exclusivity at launch)

-          A low price point (expected to be between $99 and $149)

-          3.2 megapixel camera (lacking a flash however)

-          624 MHz processor

-          256MB of application memory

-          Expected to be one of RIM’s first phones to have an integrated  new social networking feed

While the Kepler is definitely not going to be a phone designed to compete against high-end devices, it is nice to know that RIM is looking out for those who do not like to spend big bucks for a phone. Mainstream adoption is what RIM is looking to achieve and the 9300 might just be the right phone for the job.

Will you be picking up a new Curve 9300 when it hits stores soon? Think it will be a good phone for the kids or as a gift? Or have you come to the conclusion that it is a BlackBerry and you feel no need to sell a limb to get something with higher specs? Let me know what you think about the little Kepler and if RIM is going in the right direction here.

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