Canada’s two plucky independent service providers, Wind Mobile and Mobilicity, now have the BlackBerry Curve 9360 on sale. Wind already announced their intentions for the 9360, along with the Torch 9810 and 9860. Prices differ a little bit between the two; Mobilicity is asking $299.99 without a contract, while Wind Mobile is charging $349, but has the option for folks to get it free on a WINDtab.
The BlackBerry 9360 is a slim, pocketable little phone, and though the specs aren’t up to snuff with the current top-of-the-line, it definitely blows the last generation out of the water. It’s got a 5 megapixel camera with flash (but no autofocus), 2.4-inch 480 x 360 display, 800 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and the usual fare, like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, and the added bonus of NFC support. Check out my review for the full tour.
Between holding out in one of RIM’s remaining bastions, and being supported by fresh carriers with highly competitive rates, I could see the 9360 doing well on Mobilicity and Wind, mainly since the prices on their higher-end handsets tend to be prohibitively high. Still, at around the same price, you could pick up the HTC Panache or the Samsung Nexus S. If you can fend of the desire for an Android handset, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 is available at Mobilicity here and Wind Mobile here.