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RIM unveils three BlackBerry Curve NFC smartphones

The BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones all feature built-in NFC capabilities as well as upgraded processors, displays and memory.

BlackBerry Curve 9360

CURVE: New 'Berrys come with NFC

Research In Motion (RIM) has announced three new BlackBerry smartphones, the BlackBerry Curve 9350, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9370. All three phones include NFC.

“These new models are designed to address a large and important segment of the global mobile phone market where customers are looking to upgrade their existing feature phone or existing BlackBerry Curve with an affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially-connected smartphone,” says RIM.

“They are ergonomically designed with a comfortable and iconic keyboard for fast, accurate typing and an optical trackpad for easy, one-handed navigation. GPS and Wi-Fi support are also included, as well as a 5MP camera with flash and video recording so that memories can be captured and instantly shared on social networks. The microSD/SDHC slot supports up to 32GB memory cards for additional media storage.”

The three new phones all also include upgraded processors, displays and memory, run the new BlackBerry 7 operating system and a new version of the BlackBerry browser.

The BlackBerry Curve 9350, 9360 and 9370 smartphones are expected to be available from carriers in Canada this month and from other carriers around the world beginning in September 2011. Vodafone UK has already confirmed it will be making the BlackBerry Curve 9360 available on both pay monthly and pay as you go tariffs from September and has produced a video demonstrating the model’s features. As with other NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones introduced so far, however, there’s no mention of NFC in the video and there could be a delay before users are able to use the device’s NFC functionality:

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