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BlackBerry 8830 World Edition review

7.9/10 AVG.

  • BlackBerry 8830 World Edition
  • BlackBerry 8830 World Edition

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The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

If you do not leave the Canada or the United States regularly, then the BlackBerry 8830 Curve will be of little interest.

The big claim to fame for the thin, but larger, BlackBerry 8830 is that it can be used throughout Europe. For you stuffy Globetrotters who need the best in phone technology, you’ll appreciate the 2.5 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display and the now iconic full and fully contoured QWERTY keypad.

Quite frankly, the big selling point of this particular BlackBerry is its dual-mode functionality, the ability to switch between CDMA and GSM, an issue relevant only when one travels internationally.

For the rest of you, you’ll find that other BlackBerry phones offer far more in features and functionality, such as the absent camera on this device, and a smaller overall phone footprint. That said, the 8830 comes with BlackBerry maps, media player, organizer, document viewer, voice dial, speakerphone and other mid-range features.

Clearly, this BlackBerry is trying to fill a niche for perhaps military and international travelers, but offering little incentive for the general consumer.

Operating system
312 MHz
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...


There is no denying that the RIM BlackBerry 8830 is a nice device, especially for CDMA users that need to leave North America. It is modern looking, yet still offers the same smartphone functionality and the push email system of the older BlackBerry phones. Its user interface might seem a bit vast a...

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn

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Common Questions

BlackBerry backs up the 8830 World Edition with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your 8830 World Edition 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.


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Screen Size

The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

312 MHz

There is a Intel XScale 312 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.


This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.

64 MB

Internal memory is 64 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 4 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. BlackBerry's performance ratings are 6.5 days standby time.

8830 World Edition Specs

Release date May 27, 2007
Regions available USA, Canada
GPRS, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. 0
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Intel XScale 312 MHz
Internal Storage 64 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.46 W/kg
Body: 0.9 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1400 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 6.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Red, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 6.6 x 1.4 cm (4.5 x 2.6 x 0.6 in)
Weight 132 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer Yes
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, Blackberry Connect
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 4 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
Additional Rear Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
, 0 fps, up to 0 minutes
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Cyclone

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