On Monday, the carrier announced that in the coming weeks it will add the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 to its lineup, but pricing was not released at this time.
Much like its predecessor, the Curve 8520, the Curve 3G is an entry-level smartphone but adds 3G support. In addition, though the handset ships with BlackBerry OS 5, a BlackBerry OS 6 update is expected for the Curve 3G in the coming months.
The 9300 Curve 3G is nearly identical to the current 85xx series Curve devices from AT&T and T-Mobile. It has a 2 megapixel camera, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and support for microSD cards up to 32GB. It is smallish, uses an optical trackpad for on-screen navigation, and is the entry-level BlackBerry.
The first key feature of the new 9300 is that it supports 3G for the first time on GSM-based networks. The 9300 comes in two 3G radio configurations, 800/850/1900/2100MHz for AT&T and 900/1700/2100MHz for T-Mobile.
T-Mobile will offer the Curve 3G in two colors: smoky violet and graphite gray. RIM added that the Curve 3G will be available from other carriers and distribution partners worldwide this month, including Bell Mobility in Canada.