BlackBerry Curve 8530 - black (Verizon Wireless) comparison

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Blackberry Curve 3G 9330 - charcoal gray (Verizon Wireless)

Blackberry Curve 3G 9330 - charcoal gray (Verizon Wireless)
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BlackBerry Curve 8520 - black (T-Mobile)

BlackBerry Curve 8520 - black (T-Mobile)
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BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Verizon Wireless)

BlackBerry Bold 9650 (Verizon Wireless)
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Price $48 at 1 store $78 at 1 store $99 at 1 store $12 at 1 store
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3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 47 reviews 3.5 stars out of 8 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 3.0 stars out of 29 reviews 3.5 stars out of 33 reviews
Release date November 05, 2009 September 20, 2010 August 27, 2010 August 05, 2009 June 03, 2010
The Bottom Line While we're not huge fans of the design, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8530 is a good choice for first-time smartphone buyers and offers more than its GSM counterpart. Despite its entry-level status, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330 is a decent smartphone for the price. Though not the best BlackBerry on the market, the Curve 8530 is a great entry-level smartphone, especially with MetroPCS's inexpensive unlimited monthly plan. The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance. While available directly from T-Mobile, Wal-Mart offers the better value on the smartphone. Verizon customers looking for a messaging smartphone with world roaming capabilities have a solid choice in the RIM BlackBerry Bold 9650.

Basic specs

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Specific absorption rate (SAR) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 1.43 W/kg
Cellular technology CDMA2000 1X
CDMA2000 1X
CDMA2000 1X
GSM
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Weight 3.7 oz
3.7 oz
3.7 oz
3.7 oz
4.8 oz
Talk time Info unavailable Up to 270 min
Up to 270 min
Up to 270 min
Up to 300 min
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Service Provider Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
MetroPCS
T-Mobile
Verizon Wireless
Band / mode CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband)
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
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