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Great news: Due to the excitement and demand for the BlackBerry Curve, Retail stores will start selling the Curve on Saturday, September 22, rather than Monday as originally planned.
The handsets have been delivered to stores and our customers want them, so why wait until Monday?
The BlackBerry Curve is the smallest QWERTY BlackBerry and is also the only BlackBerry with HotSpot @Home and Wi-Fi data connectivity. With T-Mobile HotSpot @Home, customers can place calls over their broadband connections at home. When they are not connected via Wi-Fi at home, they will enjoy the same great GSM service they have today through T-Mobile's network. BlackBerry Curve customers can get unlimited voice calling with the HotSpot @Home add-on feature from home or any US T-Mobile HotSpot locations.
This device is perfect for customers who want the newest and most technologically advanced full QWERTY BlackBerry.
Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling
Effortlessly transition between Wi-Fi calling and T-Mobile's network while you talk. Get great coverage at home when used with a T-Mobile HotSpot @Home wireless router. Unlimited nationwide calls over Wi-Fi at home, or at any US T-Mobile HotSpot with the T-Mobile HotSpot @Home add-on feature. Please note: HotSpot @Home pricing will go up on October 3.
High Speed Internet
Whether you're near a Wi-Fi connection or on the T-Mobile network, you can quickly surf the Web and view pictures, documents, and other large attachments. With the optional Web Guard feature activated, certain Web sites are automatically filtered for safer browsing.
Personal and Work E-mail
Send and receive messages from your personal and work e-mail accounts.
Available in Pale Gold, a T-Mobile exclusive color, and Titanium.
Please note: New $9.99 Unlimited BlackBerry E-mail and $19.99 BlackBerry BIS Internet Plan give customers the best experience on their device at a great price - CLICK HERE for more info.
Please note: The BlackBerry Curve requires a BlackBerry plan for E-mail, Web Browsing, and Instant Messaging.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Internet E-mail
Wi-Fi/GPRS/EDGE data connectivity
2 MP camera with flash
Voice activated dialing
Sync with PC
Instant Messaging - Please note: Due to system limitations, IM will not be fully functional until Monday, September 24. If a customer purchases the handset on September 22 or 23, please let them know that IM will begin working on September 24.
Full QWERTY keyboard
Trackball for 4-way navigation
Micro SD expandable memory slot
AT&T: BlackBerry Curve - Similar model but lacks Wi-Fi calling and Wi-Fi data connectivity. Only available in liquid silver color.
AT&T: BlackBerry 8820 - It is the only other BlackBerry with Wi-Fi, but it does not have a camera. It does not have HotSpot @Home.
AT&T: Samsung Blackjack - Full QWERTY, HSDPA/UMTS, WM5.0, 1.3 MP camera.
Verizon: Motorola Q - Full QWERTY, 1.3 MP camera with video, WM5.0, Navigation ball, EV-DO.
Sprint: Motorola Q - Full QWERTY, 1.3 MP camera with video, WM5.0, Navigation ball, EV-DO.
If you have not received your demo phones, please do not EDL your stock.
Attached below is the Tips and Tricks/Known Issues document.
Tips and Tricks/ Known Issues document
Tier C: $5.99/month. $110 deductible
The official date that this handset can be sold to customers is Saturday, September 22.
In the rare case that a price doesn't come up when you enter the SKU, please price override using the List Price Incorrect code and then enter the appropriate price. This will not impact your commission.
BlackBerry Curve - New Activation
Invoice Price 2-Year Instant Rebate POS Mail-in-Rebate Net 2-Year Price Net 1-Year Price
$449.99 $150.00 $299.99 $50.00 $249.99 $299.99
BlackBerry Curve - Upgrade
2-Year Base Price 1-Year Base Price Upgrade Eligible Mail-in Rebate 2-Year Net Ineligible Pricing No Contract Net Ineligble Pricing:
$299.99 $349.99 $50.00 $399.99 $449.99
This handset will be commissioned on the high-tier handset reward value. Devices sold before the official launch date of September 22 will not be eligible for payout.
Please place your Gold and Titanium BlackBerry Curves on the backside of the Center Island Fixture in locations #1 and #2 at close of business on September 21, to prepare for the launch on September 22.
Relocate the White Pearl to the Data Wall.
Please place the DASH and the WING in locations #3 and #4 on the backside of the Center Island fixture.
Remove the Rose and Blue Rizrs and place them on your Photo/Video/Web fixture in locations # 6 and #7.
Remove the Sidekick ID and place it back onto your Sidekick fixture.
Detailed product placement information for your location can be found at T-MobileNews > Marketing Collateral > Guidelines.
At close of business on September 21, remove the Cool Devices graphic from the backside of the center island fixture to expose the converged device picture (Side B of the Pearl graphic (P7018.11.12x36) ).
Display your canopy sign (P7018.11.34.16) over the top of your handsets after close of business on September 21 . (Front is "Falls ultimate accessory" and Back is "Beauty and Brains" .)
Handset/Device and Rebate Pricing Summaries
The Handset/Device and Rebate Pricing Summary will be updated after launch and posted under Product Updates > Pricing.
Please note: In an effort to simplify the price card design, we have removed the color label from the price cards of handsets that are sold in multiple colors (Blackberry Pearl and Curve, Samsung t219, etc.) Please remove and discard any price cards that have a color designation and replace with the updated price cards.
Updated price cards are available under Marketing Collateral > Collateral > Retail Feature and Price Cards.
4 x 2 price cards are available by CLICKING HERE.
3 x 2 price cards are available by CLICKING HERE.
Please note: Customers using a Blackberry 8320 (Curve), are on a call and attempting to transition from Wi-Fi or to Wi-Fi, and are in all geographic areas in the state of California with the exceptions of the Greater Los Angeles basin, Inland Empire, and San Diego county will be unable to hand-in or hand-out to Wi-Fi networks. This results in the following scenarios for customers in California when moving between Wi-Fi and GSM:
If you're on a call on GSM, you'll stay on GSM until you end the call.
If you are on a call on GSM and move into an area with no GSM, the call will drop.
If you're on a call on Wi-Fi and you move out of range of the WI-Fi network, the call will drop.
This is expected to be fixed on October 22.