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02 announces BlackBerry Curve 8900

Follows yesterday’s Canadian debut

02 has confirmed that it will be offering the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 business smartphone to UK customers. Carphone Warehouse confirmed that the BlackBerry Curve 8900 would be onsale from 20 December and that stock is due to arrive this week.

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900 went onsale in Canada yesterday and has been available to German T-Mobile customers since last month.

02 says its customers will be able to preorder the Wi-Fi-enabled quad-band smartphone from this Thursday. The handset builds on the success of the Curve 8300 handsets that launched last year.

Steve Alder, General Manager Group and UK Devices for Telefónica O2 UK said "The BlackBerry Curve 8310 was one of our fastest selling handsets and we are pleased to offer our customers yet another fantastic smartphone from RIM, the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

He described the new Curve handset as "ideal for both business customers and consumers who want the functionality of a smartphone in a sleek, slim form that feels great in your hand."

The Curve 8900 is the slimmest handset RIM has produced to date, at 13.5mm. It weighs 110g.

02 says the phone will cost £234 on its cheapest monthly tariff. Yesterday, Carphone Warehouse told us that it will be free on contracts costing £35 and above.

For full details of the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and to pre-order it on 02, go to www.o2.co.uk/blackberry.


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