The "1-Minute" Review
The Blackberry 8320 Curve is the latest iteration of the once AT&T exclusive 8300, but with at least one major improvement.
The 8320 uses a wonderful new technology called UMA or Unlicensed Mobile Access, which allows the user to make WiFi calls seamlessly and without the need for a separate VoIP account. This makes the use of WiFi even more attractive than it already was since the user does not need additional applications in order to enjoy the benefits and savings of WiFi.
There is a fee associated with UMA through cell providers such as T-Mobile, Rogers and AT&T who usually require you to pay fees starting at $10/per month for Hotspot service. However, keep in mind that calls originating as UMA are billed for their duration as such and at no additional expense, even if you leave a WiFi area and the phone switches back to GSM. This, combined with unlimited domestic WiFi calls, and the $10/per month fee is a bargain for heavy users.
Ergonomically the Curve offers the spaciousness of older Blackberries, with a 35-key Qwerty keypad with a white backlight and keys that are well designed for easy, fast typing. The 8320 Curve is available in both Titanium (gun metal gray) and Pale Gold (champagne).
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BlackBerry released the 8320 Curve on September 25, 2007.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry 8320 Curve user manual here.
BlackBerry backs up the 8320 Curve with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your 8320 Curve has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.