As it exists today, the Curve 3G could be considered a stepping stone. It's a solid pick for its price and if you know what your expectations are...

- Jon Fingas , Macnn 

Specs summary

Screen
2.5"

The BlackBerry 9300's screen is 2.5 inches with 320 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
624MHz

There is a 624 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the BlackBerry 5.0 (6.0 upgrade available) operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1150mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 270 minutes (2G), 330 minutes (3G).


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Bell, Fido, Koodo Mobile, Mobilicity, MTS, Primus, Rogers, SaskTel, Telus, Videotron, Virgin Mobile Canada, Wind Mobile

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


An entry-level phone that doesn't offer anything new

from TrustedReviews ( )

The BlackBerry Curve 3G doesn’t offer anything we haven’t seen before, but given that it’s an entry-level model this is perhaps to be expected. It’s certainly a great phone for emailing and text messaging and with GPS and 3G onboard it offers a decent feature set. However,... More

The BlackBerry Curve 3G doesn’t offer anything we haven’t seen before, but given that it’s an entry-level model this is perhaps to be expected. It’s certainly a great phone for emailing and text messaging and with GPS and 3G onboard it offers a decent feature set. However, it’s very awkward to use for web browsing and with Android touchscreen handsets now appearing on the market for around £100 on PAYG, we’re not quite sure there’s enough here to attract those new to the BlackBerry platform.

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7/10

Good battery life, excellent form factor

from MobileBurn ( )

I have a hard time understanding why RIM would release the Curve 3G 9300 with an outdated operating system. It has already released BlackBerry OS 6 in tandem with the Torch 9800, so we should be able to assume that the OS is ready for use. BlackBerry OS 6 could, at the very least, improve the web... More

I have a hard time understanding why RIM would release the Curve 3G 9300 with an outdated operating system. It has already released BlackBerry OS 6 in tandem with the Torch 9800, so we should be able to assume that the OS is ready for use. BlackBerry OS 6 could, at the very least, improve the web browsing on the Curve 3G, but that's not going to fix the issues of surfing (and squinting) with such a low resolution display. My recommendation is to grab the Curve 3G 9300 if you want top-notch messaging, but to avoid it if you plan to surf the web at all.

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6.2/10

Stylish look, moderate price tag, low-grade camera

from What Mobile ( )

The BlackBerry Curve 3G retains all the features and characteristics of the original Curve device, throwing in high-speed 3G data for good measure. With Wi-Fi also onboard it represents excellent connectivity options and ensures a smoother browsing and downloading experience. Elsewhere the tradit... More

The BlackBerry Curve 3G retains all the features and characteristics of the original Curve device, throwing in high-speed 3G data for good measure. With Wi-Fi also onboard it represents excellent connectivity options and ensures a smoother browsing and downloading experience. Elsewhere the traditional BlackBerry interface and messaging services are as strong as ever, plus there’s a decent entertainment suite. The one thing that lets this device down is its weak camera, but at such a moderate price tag most users won’t be too fussed about that.

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8/10

Recommended to those who are hardcore about messaging, and are looking for a smartphone on the cheap

from IntoMobile ( )

As an entry-level smartphone, it fares extremely well, handling all of the same functions as a higher-end BlackBerry without the frills of a nicer camera or higher-resolution screen. It would be unfair to pit the 9300 against the toughest Android competition available right now since it’s n... More

As an entry-level smartphone, it fares extremely well, handling all of the same functions as a higher-end BlackBerry without the frills of a nicer camera or higher-resolution screen. It would be unfair to pit the 9300 against the toughest Android competition available right now since it’s not punching at that weight. I would recommend the Curve 3G 9300 to those who are hardcore about their messaging, and are looking for a smartphone on the cheap. OS 6 will be a nice facelift, but I wouldn’t hinge a purchasing decision on the update.

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A cheap entry point into smartphones

from Macnn ( )

If you're looking for a cheap entry point into smartphones, especially if you're with a carrier whose BlackBerry plans cost less or are prepaid, the Curve 3G is a viable way to jump in. It's more practical than the Pearl 3G since it can work for heavy-duty messaging, and the on-contract price is... More

If you're looking for a cheap entry point into smartphones, especially if you're with a carrier whose BlackBerry plans cost less or are prepaid, the Curve 3G is a viable way to jump in. It's more practical than the Pearl 3G since it can work for heavy-duty messaging, and the on-contract price is often as good -- $80 in the US and $50 in Canada today, and likely to drop lower quickly. Anyone still tied primarily to e-mail or messaging, and who doesn't care about most modern extras, doesn't have a reason to go further.

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7/10

A useful update to BlackBerry's low-cost intro-phone, but it's obvious where the corners have been cut

from PC Pro ( )

The Curve 3G 9300 is a good introduction to what BlackBerry can offer. Right now, because it's new, it's slightly more expensive than the outgoing 8520, typically free on £25 per month contracts - we'd expect that to drop to £20 within a month or two. There's no getting away from the... More

The Curve 3G 9300 is a good introduction to what BlackBerry can offer. Right now, because it's new, it's slightly more expensive than the outgoing 8520, typically free on £25 per month contracts - we'd expect that to drop to £20 within a month or two. There's no getting away from the fact that this is a budget BlackBerry, but if your pennies won't stretch to the Bold 9700, the Curve 3G 9300 is a good option.

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7/10

A low cost device that is intended for new BlackBerry users

from CrackBerry ( )

No one is out there trying to convince anybody that the BlackBerry Curve 3G is the greatest BlackBerry available. It is however, one of the most affordable BlackBerry devices available. Research In Motion knew what they were doing with this device. The BlackBerry Curve series has not had a 3G rel... More

No one is out there trying to convince anybody that the BlackBerry Curve 3G is the greatest BlackBerry available. It is however, one of the most affordable BlackBerry devices available. Research In Motion knew what they were doing with this device. The BlackBerry Curve series has not had a 3G release on GSM carriers yet and while many will say that the 8530 is 3G, it doesn't matter. CDMA is not globally accepted, GSM is and thus we have the BlackBerry Curve 3G release for GSM. It was never intended for the hardcore BlackBerry user to consider purchasing.

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The Curve 3G stands up well for a mid-range handset

from TechRadar ( )

For a mid-range handset, the BlackBerry Curve 3G stands up well. If you're after an email-machine with occasional web browsing and a spot of media playback, then it'll suit you down to the ground without costing you a fortune – and with BlackBerry OS 6 just around the corner, things can onl... More

For a mid-range handset, the BlackBerry Curve 3G stands up well. If you're after an email-machine with occasional web browsing and a spot of media playback, then it'll suit you down to the ground without costing you a fortune – and with BlackBerry OS 6 just around the corner, things can only get better.

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7/10

Uninspiring, but perfectly adequate

from Cnet ( )

It's hard to get excited about a phone that only offers minor upgrades to what came before, and relies on a future software update for its only innovative feature. But, if you're looking for a perfectly adequate BlackBerry that ticks all the boxes, there's not much wrong with the BlackBerry Curve... More

It's hard to get excited about a phone that only offers minor upgrades to what came before, and relies on a future software update for its only innovative feature. But, if you're looking for a perfectly adequate BlackBerry that ticks all the boxes, there's not much wrong with the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300. Its trackpad is as responsive as a sloth, though, so, if you can stump up the cash for a beautiful BlackBerry Bold 9700, we'd suggest getting that instead.

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5/10

It doesn't feel like a substantially new device

from Pocket-lint ( )

The BlackBerry Curve 3G  hasn't really gone very far in relation to the world around it. It doesn't feel like a substantially new device, at least it doesn't whilst it still uses the current v5 operating system. This may all change with the roll out of v6, but as it stands, it only really of... More

The BlackBerry Curve 3G  hasn't really gone very far in relation to the world around it. It doesn't feel like a substantially new device, at least it doesn't whilst it still uses the current v5 operating system. This may all change with the roll out of v6, but as it stands, it only really offers an incremental change over the Curve 8520.

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7/10

Definitely worth the price!

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I was pleasantly surprised. I have used Android smart phones of various kinds, but my husband and daughter needed two basic phones to fulfill a contract agreement. We chose the BB 9300, not expecting much given the 150.00 price tag. What a great purchase! These little phones do exactly what they nee... More

I was pleasantly surprised. I have used Android smart phones of various kinds, but my husband and daughter needed two basic phones to fulfill a contract agreement. We chose the BB 9300, not expecting much given the 150.00 price tag. What a great purchase! These little phones do exactly what they need to and have many more 'bells n whistles' than any other phone in the price range. Easy set up, responsive controls, hooked up to wifi and opened pages quite quickly. I am so glad we got these.

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8/10

BB 9300 is a gutted downgrade of existing BB's, --If you are an experienced use DO NOT BUY!

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I purchased the BB 9300 CASH, and Prepaid with WIND, Unlimited EVERYTHING including BB, Data, and laptop Tethering, for $49. I missed the deal on the Unbreakable Plan - same for $39 (Canadian Dollars = US dollars ). Still. I am typing this REVIEW on the WIND / Tethered BB9300, so that "WHEN" it work... More

I purchased the BB 9300 CASH, and Prepaid with WIND, Unlimited EVERYTHING including BB, Data, and laptop Tethering, for $49. I missed the deal on the Unbreakable Plan - same for $39 (Canadian Dollars = US dollars ). Still. I am typing this REVIEW on the WIND / Tethered BB9300, so that "WHEN" it works, it is wonderful. The BB9300, as you can see in the Professional REVIEWS on this website, is a DOWNGRADED version of other Blackberries that already exist. This lowers the price, BUT, the OS (Operating System 6.) is BLOATED with garbage like two Full Screen Videos that play every time you turn it on, that cannot be deleted, and ridiculous multiple MENUS that you cannot delete, and FEATURES and ICONS and things like pages of WORDS the the OS automatically loads - ( these can be deleted ONE AT A TIME if you have 3/4 of an hour to go through each one...!) etc. The 9300 is a typically solid design with years of RESEARCH at RIM behind it, but the keyboard, while "usable" has a light touch, and often you can't FEEL the CLICK that used to be present on the other Blackberries ( I have quite a few ). The optical cursor pad is beneficial in that it cannot clog with dust like the trackball, but it is SLOPPY since the trackball was mechanically "exact", while this trackpad is "velocity driven" and can over shoot or undershoot, and the CLICK to Choose is too weak, so you may CLICK while only wanting to SCROLL... WIND Mobile in Canada is having typical Start Up problems, and technical problems, but, if you have been watching the Cell phone business for 50 years like I have, ROGERS, BELL and Telus had similar problems in their early days. The dysfunctional MANAGEMENT at WIND seems to be the biggest issue, since the Corporate stores, Franchised stores, the Head Office, and the SUPPORT service in Cairo, Egypt, simple do not talk to each other, at all, ever, and the resulting mix ups and confusion cause totally unnecessary frustration to CUSTOMERS ( that would be me ). This could be FIXED in a week, if anyone in WIND management bothered to look at the issue. The Blackberry 9300 Operating System could be changed in a week as well, so that USERS , CUSTOMERS, could CHOOSE to delete hundreds of useless features that USE UP the teeny, gutted memory on this model, and the result would be that instead of constantly popping up with ERROR MESSAGES that report "NO MEMORY", the 9300 would actually "work". If you are an experienced Cell Phone user, DO NOT GET THIS 9300- spend a few more dollars and get a REAL Blackberry with a faster Processor (Computer chip) and REAL memory, and better hardware ( camera, etc. ). If you have a wretched PQRS7 keyboard old cell phone and are a LIGHT user, and want a better keypad for occasional texting, then this would be perfectly OK - just DO NOT try any demanding function such as watching a full length, full screen YOUTUBE video- it will HANG with the error that there is not enough memory, or worse, deliver a gabled stop action sound and pixel pattern that is worse than nothing, and waste your time - very frustrating. I asked WIND what to do with this 9300 if I paid cash for a REAL Blackberry and they said "Throw it out" or "Give it to a kid", but any kid is 10 times more savvy and demanding than any adult, and would be totally disgusted in less than a day, since everything they tried to do would generate an ERROR MESSAGE !... Experts call this an "ENTRY LEVEL" Cell phone, something that I never thought I would hear referring to a BlackBerry ! RIM has always been leading edge, and the departure to a crippled, gutted, version is puzzling - what are they thinking! WIND got rid of the 9300, quickly replacing it with the 9360 with more features, a Processor that is twice as fast, etc. BUT, it still has the same tiny battery! I had to buy 2 spare batteries, and 2 battery chargers, since the battery only lasts 3 hours! With the 9360 the added power and features drain the battery MORE, and all the dealers I talk to here in Vancouver, report that ALL BB 9360 customers are angry at the short battery life... I put in a plastic tab that I can flip up over the battery contacts to Disconnect the battery - so that when I ( the CUSTOMER) want to use it, there is a full battery. Something is wrong in the State of Denmark, Petrucio, or Bassanio, or whomever... Much to my horror, I just saw on TV, heard on the radio, and saw in printed papers, NEW ADS for Rogers and other Cell Phone Carriers offering the Blackberry 9300! I thought it was dead ( and buried ). IFF RIM ( Blackberry) updates the OS 6 version I now use so that it is no longer BLOATED to DEATH, it likely would actually "WORK" properly, and that may be the end of the problem. I can only hope... A couple of people I know with the 9300 are throwing it away and searching for "OTHER" cell phone Brand names with "Other" carriers... I personally do not think that there was ANY GOOD Reason for the stupidity in releasing this 9300 with a bloated OS, nor in the Management run- around and confusion in the WIND Corporate structure. Time will tell. I may yet be a HAPPY user, or, I could have a BRICK to use as a paper weight....

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5/10

Funky, Fresh

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Overall very happy with this phone. A few software update mainly compared to the previous Curve. 3G is awesome!

Overall very happy with this phone. A few software update mainly compared to the previous Curve. 3G is awesome!

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9.7/10