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).



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 

Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

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, 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... Full review
MobileBurn

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 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... Full review
What Mobile

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 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... Full review
IntoMobile

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 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... Full review
Macnn

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 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... Full review
PC Pro

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 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... Full review
CrackBerry

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 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... Full review
TechRadar

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 only get better... Full review
Cnet

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 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... Full review
Pocket-lint

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 offers an incremental change over the Curve 8520... Full review

Definitely worth the price!

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. Less

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

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.... Less

Funky, Fresh

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! Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date August 9, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1700/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA 3.6
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System BlackBerry 5.0 (6.0 upgrade available)

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Processor 624 MHz
Internal Flash Memory
256 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.45 W/kg
Body: 1.12 W/kg
Languages English, French, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1150 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
270 minutes (2G)
330 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Unknown
Colors Black, Fuschia, Graphite, Smokey Violet, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.9 x 6.0 x 1.4 cm
(4.3 x 2.4 x 0.6 in)
Weight 105 grams
(3.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 320 x 240 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 2.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Unknown
Home Key Unknown
Mute Key Unknown
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Optical pad
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Other fields
Contact Groups Unknown
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Unknown
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Yahoo, ICQ, Windows Live, Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info White balance
Video Recording Formats Unknown
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, PDF, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): BlackBerry Curve 3G

OS 6 upgrade (6.0.0.380) is available.
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