The slim BlackBerry Curve 8520 features an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad and full QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and can handle high-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including video and music clips, full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and e-mail on the go.
With T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service, you'll effortlessly transition between Wi-Fi calling and T-Mobile's wireless network while you talk. You can get unlimited nationwide calls over Wi-Fi--at home via your wireless router or at any U.S. T-Mobile HotSpot. You can also use the HotSpot @Home service via most open, or unsecured, wireless routers, as well as any secured wireless router for which you have access to the password from the owner. This phone is compatible with routers running the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi standard. Whenever you're not using a Wi-Fi network, this phone works just like a regular mobile phone, using your Whenever Minutes under your T-Mobile voice plan.
Browse the web with the integrated, full-featured browser, which quickly and efficiently displays HTML pages as well as enables you to set up RSS feeds to stay connected to up-to-the-minute news and blog posts. And keep up with your contacts using a variety of instant message (IM) networks, including the integrated Blackberry Messenger as well as downloadable clients for Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, and Lotus Sametime.
For corporate users, the Curve delivers all the enterprise e-mail and messaging capabilities you've come to expect. It's supported on BlackBerry Internet Service, giving you access to up to 10 work or personal e-mail accounts (including most popular ISP e-mail accounts--including Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, AOL and Gmail), as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server, enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise environments.
Wi-Fi-enabled and compatible with unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi calling with T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling service (see larger image).
It is also the first BlackBerry smartphone to feature dedicated media keys, smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, providing an easy, convenient way to control your music and video playback. Skip over songs, pause music to talk, or repeat your favorites over and over. You can even mute phone calls with the easy-access mute button. The phone also features a bright 2.6-inch color TFT screen that supports 65K colors and has a 320 x 240-pixel resolution. It has a 256 MB internal memory that can be expanded via optional microSD/SDHC memory cards up to 16 GB in size (a 1 GB card is included in the package.
Hands-free communication is easy thanks to the integrated speakerphone. This phone also provides Bluetooth wireless connectivity (version 2.0), and includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and file transfer. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. You can connect your laptop (either via Bluetooth or wired USB) and enjoy dial-up networking--surf the Internet, send e-mail, and access files from a server (additional charges or subscription applicable).
You can snap vivid photos (though no video) using the 2-megapixel camera on the back of the Curve 8520, which also features a 5x digital zoom, built-in flash, self-portrait mirror and full screen viewfinder. Additionally, it can capture videos in two resolutions (320 x 240 pixels for saving; 176 x 144 pixels for sending via messaging). Take photos or videos and upload them to photo sharing apps like Flickr Uploader or social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. Send them to friends with MMS messages, BlackBerry Messenger or other instant messaging apps.
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The BlackBerry Curve 8520 weighs 3.8 ounces and measures 2.4 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches. Its 1150 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4.5 hours of talk time, and up to 408 hours (17 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies.