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BlackBerry Curve 8520, Black (T-Mobile)

BlackBerry Curve 8520, Black (T-Mobile)

BlackBerry Curve 8520, Black (T-Mobile)
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Product Description

The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone fits neatly in your hand, and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard that makes typing and sending messages easy, and comfortable. The bright screen displays over 65,000 colors, providing a great viewing experience. Access what's important with trackpad navigation. Like a laptop, the trackpad lets you scroll through menus, icons, and information by gliding your finger over it. Press and click to select an item and navigate to where you want to go. Control music and multimedia with dedicated media keys found atop the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone. 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.

Product Details

  • Color: Black
  • Brand: BlackBerry
  • Model: Gemini 8520
  • Released on: 2009-02-06
  • Dimensions: .54" h x 2.36" w x 4.29" l, .23 pounds


  • Access all your e-mail and messaging as well as social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace; full QWERTY keyboard with touch-sensitive optical trackpad
  • Wi-Fi connectivity for access to T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home unlimited calling service
  • 2-megapixel camera/camcorder; Bluetooth stereo music; microSD memory expansion; digital audio player syncs with iTunes and Windows Media Player
  • Up to 4.5 hours of talk time, up to 408 hours (17 days) of standby time
  • What's in the Box: handset, battery, charger, 1 GB microSD card, wired stereo hands-free headset, USB cable, BlackBerry Desktop software, user manual

Editorial Reviews

The slim, affordable BlackBerry Curve 8520 for T-Mobile is perfect for those who need to be connected to work, friends and family while on the go. It provides easy mobile access to e-mail, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity for access to the Internet and e-mail as well as access to T-Mobile's Hotspot @Home service.

The slim BlackBerry Curve 8520 features an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad and full QWERTY keyboard (see larger image).
You'll be able to access BlackBerry App World to download applications from a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones, including games, entertainment, social networking and sharing, news and weather, productivity and more. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth for hands-free devices and stereo music streaming, 256 MB internal memory, microSD expansion up to 16 GB (a 1 GB card is included), quad-band GSM and EDGE connectivity, and up to 4.5 hours of talk time.

T-Mobile Services
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.

Key Features
  • 2 MP camera/camcorder
  • microSD memory expansion
  • Hands-free/stereo Bluetooth
  • Corporate & personal e-mail
  • Access Facebook & MySpace
  • Sync digital audio with iTunes and Windows Media Player
  • Wi-Fi-enabled for T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service
Staying Connected
With BlackBerry's push e-mail technology, your e-mail will find you without having to initiate a connection. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, notifying you as new e-mail arrives. In addition to the text, you can also receive and view attachments in a wide range of popular file formats, including Microsoft Office, Corel WordPerfect, and Adobe PDF.

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).
Phone Features
Designed to be efficient and convenient, the BlackBerry Curve 8520 introduces an innovative touch-sensitive optical trackpad, which makes scrolling and selection smooth and easy for a great navigation experience. Like a laptop, the trackpad lets you scroll through menus, icons and info by gliding your finger over it. Press and click to select an item and navigate to where you want to go. It's complemented by a 35-key backlit QWERTY keyboard.

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.

Listen to your favorite music and watch downloaded videos using the included stereo headset, or use an optional wireless headphone thanks to the Curve's support for the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP). The Curve is compatible with a wide variety of file formats, including MP3, WMA9 PRO/WMA 10 and AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ audio and WMV, MPEG4 and H.263 video. And with BlackBerry Media Sync you can quickly and easily sync music from iTunes and Windows Media Player with the smartphone.

Other features include:

  • Mac compatibility with the upcoming release of BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac, enabling you to sync contacts, calendars, and notes with applications you use most.
  • 512 MHz next-generation processor for enhanced performance
  • Voice dialing: Call someone with simple voice commands to keep your hands free for activities like driving.
  • Media Keys: Play/Pause/Mute, Back, Forward
  • Security: Password protection, keyboard lock, sleep mode
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Ringtones: MP3 and 32-chord polyphonic
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), DUN (dial-up networking), SPP (serial port profile)

Vital Statistics
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.

Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
By L. Gump
My review on the 8520 is pretty subjective......but here goes......I've owned nearly every RIM GSM device over the last 5 years.....honestly this is my favorite. I will admit I was extremely surprised at my fondness of this device. Out of the box the device has a sexy feel and the back is sleek and stylish......I love the way the new camera is designed and has the appearance of the iPhone.......being a trackball guy I was suspicious to say the least of the "trackpad" but fell in love not to mention the relief of knowing I wont have to regularly replace the ball......

The UI is still the same with an improved processor so you get much faster & smoother response. The overall housing is a pleasure to handle and I have received MANY compliments including those with iPhone's. Email and browsing experience is still the same with the ultra reliable "push" email and the disappointing browsing experience....but lets be honest if you wanted browsing you'd go iPhone or android.....

The keyboard is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C........spaced well, raised and great for us fat fingered guys....but also slanted a bit for the more petite....the screen is gorgeous.....the battery life is 2 full days including some web.....heavy email & texting throughout the day and 30-40 mins of talk a day in what amounts to wireless hell. The device uses a micro usb so be sure to purchase accessories accordingly......the device overall is easy to use one handed....not bulky.....sexy & sleek but also feels rugged due to the sleek rubber edges....comes in 3 colors including black ....frost.....white.

I love the BB messenger which is essentially a IM application only for BB's..........the weather apps and many others available [...] for free......free themes for customizing and the bevy of accessories.

......lack of ability to put apps on sd card......talk and end buttons being glassy feeling.

I highly recommend this phone......you get high end smartphone for entry level prices......ignore the iphone'rs who review this phone......its the best physical keyboard BB on the market and you wont be dissapointed

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4So far she's happy with this blackberry
By R. Hope
Wife decided time to leave her flip phone behind but wanted a real keyboard. So far she's happy with this blackberry.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Love it!!
By mikki629
I absolutely LOVE this phone! I've had mine for a little over a month now, and can't imagine life without it. It's easy to use, & has tons of great features. The keyboard takes a bit to get used to, simply because of the size of the keys, but once you get over that, you're all set! For those who want fun ring & alarm tones, this phone comes with quite a few that are really neat. I have a few custom ones, but still use some of the default tones. The picture quality is great, and I love being able to put pictures from my computer onto my phone. I would have to say this phone gets a 10 out of 10!!

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