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BlackBerry is set to release the Curve 8520 smartphone, which in Australia will be available on the Optus and Vodafone networks.

The Curve 8520 is the first BlackBerry to have a touch-sensitive trackpad, and heavy texters and emailers will be pleased that it has a QWERTY keyboard.

Other features include:

  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g)
  • Quad band EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Dedicated media keys to easy access to music and video content
  • BlackBerry Internet Service support for access for up to 10 supported email accounts
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Memory card support up to 16GB, with 32GB support when cards are available
  • Ships with 2GB memory card

Update – pricing

Optus has the Curve 8520 up on its website at the price of $379, marked as being a special, reduced from $439. It is also marked as being ‘in stock now’. Vodafone are yet to release any price details.