Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Globe launches BlackBerry Curve 9320 and 9220

Despite Globe's best efforts, the launch of its new Blackberry smartphones is relatively going unnoticed. BlackBerry devices are not just as exciting as Nokia's new Lumia's, Google Androids and Apple iPhones. Getting a BlackBerry now is an iffy proposition. RIM is cooking up its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and except for the BlackBerry Playbook tablet, BlackBerry 10 wont be coming to any existing BlackBerry devices. So, if you are planning to get a BlackBerry right now, our recommendation is wait or focus on the service rather than the device. With RIM's new phones, it looks like they are thinking the same way.

BlackBerry Curve 9320 at Globe BlackBerry Plan 999. The new BlackBerry Curve 9320 carries over from the previous versions, mating a 2.4 inch display with a full QWERTY keypad. It does not have a touchscreen display in the interest of cost cutting, and a touchscreen on a 2.4-inch display is not all the useful anyway. With a lower resolution 240 x 320 pixel display and a 3.15 MP camera, it is a budget price version of the older BlackBerry Curve 9360. It does have a nice surprise, a big 1450 mAh battery which puts the 1000 mAh unit on the BlackBerry Curve 9360.

RIM did some very smart cost cutting on the Curve 9320. The 5 MP shooter on the Curve 9360 was a very poor camera anyway. A user won't lose much from its downgrade to 3.15 MP. The 320 x 480 resolution on the 2.4 inch display of the Curve 9360 was nice and sharp, but on a 2.4 inch display, 240 x 320 works just as well. So, you don't loose much a get a nice boost in battery life.

What makes the offer interesting is not the device. It is the plan. For Php999 a month you get, unlimited access to BlackBerry services and web browsing, plus Php400 consumable for calls and SMS. With other phones, Php999 a month you normally only get unlimited Internet.

BlackBerry Curve 9220 at Globe BlackBerry Plan 598. If all you need is BBM, Globe also offers a cut down version of the Curve 9320, the Curve 9220. The Curve 9220 has no 3G radio and has a smaller 2 MP camera, but for Php 598 a month you can get it with unlimited BBM and Php499 a month consumable. 

If you are looking for a back-up phone to your Android, iPhone or Windows Phone 7 device to keep in touch with you BBM contacts, this is a good option to look at.

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