T-Mobile BlackBerry 8900 (Javelin) officially launched in Germany

T-Mobile BlackBerry 8900 Curve

It was never set in stone that we would see the next generation BlackBerry Curve in time for the holidays (although there were a few hints), but here we are, pleasantly surprised with an official launch on T-Mobile Germany. The BlackBerry 8900′s most prominent feature is the new trackball, which promises to be tighter and cleaner than those used since the launch of the original BlackBerry Pearl. Of course, new Curve upgrades meet the bar set by the Bold, including a 480×360 display, Wi-Fi, GPS, an even bigger camera (3.2 megapixels), DivX and XviD support, and improved keyboard stylings. The lack of 3G may sting some, but for many it’s worth trading off for a slimmer profile. As always, you can expect best-in-class e-mail functions, web browsing, multimedia, and a healthy array of third-party apps. Many keys and ports got moved to the right side of the device for some reason, but it’s still very much like the old Curve, so those making the upgrade will likely have a smooth transition.

Earlier hands-on impressions have all been positive, and I’ve even heard that folks at RIM had held off on getting Bolds in favour of what had been code-named the Javelin. Speaking of which, based on the naming convention, we can count on the 8900 squeezing old-generation Curves off of store shelves and into the bargain bin for enterprise. Only the bigwig execs tend to get the shiniest new toys, which then trickle down the corporate ladder as they get older. Curves are outstanding devices, and having them more readily available for enterprise grunts is good news for those still stuck with an 8700.

As far as carriers go, it seems like RIM has thrown everybody a bone. In Europe, Vodafone has the BlackBerry Storm and now T-Mobile has the BlackBerry 8900; in North America, AT&T finally got the BlackBerry Bold, Rogers has the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, Bell and Telus have the Storm… Lots of options of consumers, and I think RIM managed to balance the goodies out nicely enough that none of the service providers would feel they’re playing favourites.

If you’re in the area and want to pick one of these up, keep an eye on T-Mobile’s online store for a mid-November launch. You can expect to pay EUR 4.95 on a two-year contract or EUR 359.90 with no strings attached. To sweeten the deal, T-Mobile’s throwing in some free push webmail service for six months to those who extend or sign new contracts.

… So, uh, when are we getting this in North America?

Translated specifications for the BlackBerry 8900 Curve behind the jump…

Nabbed from RIM

BlackBerry 8900 Specifications

Available functions

* Mobile e-mail
* Organizer
* Mobile Internet
* Phone
* Camera
* Video Recording
* BlackBerry Maps
* Media player
* Access to corporate data
* SMS
* MMS
* GPS 1

Size and weight

* 4:29 “/ 109 mm (length)
* 2.36 “/ 60 mm (width)
* 0:53 “/ 13.5mm (depth)
* 3.9 oz/109.9g (weight)

Data Entry / navigation

* Trackball
* QWERTY (keyboard)
* Backlit Keyboard

Vocal input / output

* Socket for 3.5 mm stereo headphones
* Support for stereo headsets
* Integrated earphones with a microphone
* Integrated Carkits
* Headset, hands-free, serial port profile, stereo audio, SIM access profile and dial-up networking supported (Bluetooth technology)
* M3 (rating for Hearing Aids)

* DivX, XviD (MPEG4 Advanced Simple Profile), H.263, WMV3 (video format support)
* 3gp, WAV, MIDI, AMR-NB, G711u / A, GSM610, PCM, MP3, AAC / AAC / eAAC, WMA9/10 Standard / Pro (audio format support)

Display

* Hi-resolution 320×240 LCD display (press release reads 480×360 pixels… nur?)
* Transmissive TFT LCD (display)
* Font (user selectable)
* Color
* Backlighting
* Light Sensor screen

Notification

* Polyphonic ringtones
* MP3 ringtones
* Vibration mode
* LED display

Memory

* Extensible a space? supports microSD card
* 256 MB (flash memory)

Modem

* RIM ® wireless modem
* On cable modem connected

E-mail Integration

* Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange
* Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for IBM Lotus Domino
* Compatible with BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Novell GroupWise
* Integrated with existing corporate e-mail account

Security features

* Sleep mode
* Password protection and keylock
* Supports Triple DES or AES encryption if the device with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server will be integrated
* FIPS 140-2 Compliant (FIPS validation in Progress) (FIPS validation)
* Support for S / MIME optional

Mobile Network

* Wi-Fi: 802.11b / g
* Europe / Asia-Pacific region: 1800 MHz GSM-/GPRS-Netze
* Europe / Asia-Pacific: 900 MHz GSM-/GPRS-Netze
* EDGE networks

[via MarketWire]

  • Edwin

    hey this phone sukks

  • Larry

    Will this phone work on T-Mobile in the states?

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