BlackBerry Curve 8530 now available from Verizon Wireless

BlackBerry Curve 8530
Today the Research In Motion BlackBerry Curve 8530 went on sale at Verizon Wireless retail locations and on its website. The 8530 is the CDMA version of the Curve 8520 that has been on sale with T-Mobile USA for a couple of months. It features a 2 megapixel camera instead of the more expensive Curve 8900's 3.2 megapixel camera, but also features the new optical trackpad controller for navigation instead of the trackball that BlackBerry devices have been using for a few year.

The affordable Curve 8520 features a built-in GPS receiver than can be used for geo-tagging photos recorded with the phone's camera. Up to 10 email accounts can be configured on the 8530, and messages and images alike can be uploaded quickly over Verizon's 3G EV-DO network or with local WiFi networks. A built-in microSDHC memory card slot supports today's 16GB cards as well as future 32GB cards for gobs of storage space for music files that can be played with the phone's media player. You can use your favorite headphones, too, thanks to a convenient 3.5mm stereo headphone jack and dedicated music controls that are located on the top edge of the phone.

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has support for the BlackBerry App World, where you can download all kinds of applications, including Facebook and MySpace clients for keeping up to date with your favorite social networks. Other features of note include a speedy 528MHz processor and speaker independent voice dialing capabilities.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 for Verizon Wireless retails for $99.99 with a 2 year agreement, after a main-in rebate of $100 that comes in the form of a debit card. Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 start at $29.99 per month. The phone is available in black or smoky violet, as pictured.