New BlackBerry 'ideal first-time smartphone'

26 November 2009 — 10:07 AM

The BlackBerry range is popular with business users

The new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a smartphone solution that could suit those recycling mobile phones, if one expert is to be believed.

Commenting on the launch of the device on the Total Access Communication network in Thailand, a spokesman for the organisation praised the new Research In Motion handset.

Gregory Wade, managing director of the operator's south-east Asian market, said the device was one that was expected to be popular among it customers due to its high-end capabilities.

"More and more people are switching from basic cell phones to smartphones and the BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an exceptional choice for first-time smartphone users," he added.

The handset is already available in the UK and can be picked up on a number of tariffs from operators such as T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Orange.

In addition to a full qwerty keyboard, integrated TFT screen and two-megapixel camera, the new model is one of the first to replace the trackball of its predecessors with a touch-sensitive pad.

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