BlackBerry Curve 8530 (MetroPCS) comparison

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 (T-Mobile)

BlackBerry Bold 9900 (T-Mobile)
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Price $150 at 1 store $259 at 1 store $199 at 1 store $10 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: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 2.5 stars out of 47 reviews 3.0 stars out of 25 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date August 27, 2010 November 05, 2009 May 02, 2011 April 02, 2011
The Bottom Line 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. 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. BlackBerry enthusiasts will love the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but its high price tag will be a deterrent to many.

Basic specs

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Cellular technology CDMA2000 1X
CDMA2000 1X
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
Weight 3.7 oz
3.7 oz
4.59 oz
5.7 oz
Talk time Up to 270 min
Info unavailable Up to 486 min
Info unavailable
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Service Provider MetroPCS
Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile
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Band / mode CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
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