updated 02:15 pm EST, Tue December 16, 2008
BBerry Curve 8320 at ATT
AT&T this afternoon made a late addition to its phone roster and launched its version of the BlackBerry Curve 8320. The handset replaces the GPS of the 8310 with Wi-Fi to provide faster Internet access than the phone's EDGE cellular link can offer. The American provider's version doesn't provide support for Wi-Fi calls as with Rogers or T-Mobile but is instead pushed as a way of getting free Internet access at AT&T's local and international hotspots.
Apart from its dark blue color, the AT&T 8320 is identical in hardware to the stock Curve and carries a two-megapixel camera and a microSDHC slot. AT&T preloads the system with Documents To Go for editing Office files and also offers hooks for the carrier's music and push-to-talk services.
The launch is initially limited to the provider's online and business channels, either of which makes it available today for $150 on a two-year plan. Retail will get the phone significantly later and isn't expected to carry the new BlackBerry until sometime in early January.
It's not known whether the phone will be available for a significant amount of time, as its successor the BlackBerry Curve 8900 has already been spotted with AT&T firmware and should offer both the Wi-Fi as well as GPS and a sharper display.