O2 announces UK release for BlackBerry Curve 8900


O2 has announced that the curiously non-3G BlackBerry Curve 8900 (formerly known as the ‘Javelin’) will be released on January 5th 2009. It’s going to be available for pre-registration from tomorrow (Dec 10th), and for pre-order from Dec 22nd on the O2 website.

Maybe I’m missing something here, but is this phone eagerly awaited? I haven’t heard anyone getting excited about the release, but with all this pre-reg and pre-order shenanigans, it seems like people are dying to get their hands on the device.

Comparison of RIM's BlackBerry Pearl 8110, Curve 8310 and Bold 9000 smartphones


The BlackBerry 9000 was officially announced by Research In Motion this morning, and within minutes I was on the phone to my mobile contract provider, arranging the return of the Pearl 8110 I’d just ordered. Even though the 9000 won’t be out until Summer, it’s still worth waiting for, in my opinion.

Or is it? Do you prefer the 45g-bar-of-chocolate-size of the Pearl 8110, or the BlackBerry Maps featured in the Curve 8310? Let’s take a look below the jump at the key features of the three feathers RIM has in its cap…

The Carphone Warehouse offers own-branded navigation app for BlackBerry Curve 8130 handsets

The Carphone Warehouse stocks mobile phones other than the iPhone, remember? I know it’s hard, but cast your minds back to when they were none for stocking all manner of handsets, and not just the Apple mobile. Remember the BlackBerry Curve 8310? You better, as The Carphone Warehouse has some exciting news for potential buyers of this smartphone.

They’ve just selected Telmap…

Proporta aim to protect your BlackBerry 8300 Curve with their cases

I’m sure the people who buy cases for mobile phones, iPods etc also keep the plastic wrapping on their sofas after bringing them home from IKEA, heaven forbid you scratch the lovely surface of your shiny iPod or BlackBerry.

Having said that, the leather case from Proporta on the left there is rather nice, and smart for businesspeople on the go. It’s custom-made so fits the BlackBerry 8300 Curve perfectly, and is only £26.95. Vegetarians might prefer the non-leather option…