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O2, Vodafone first in UK with BlackBerry Curve

O2 ahead by two weeks

RIM BlackBerry Curve

O2 and Vodafone today became the first UK carriers to take on Research in Motion's consumer-friendly BlackBerry Curve. The handset itself was launched yesterday.

The Curve is RIM's smallest and lightest - just about - BlackBerry with a full QWERTY keyboard: it measures 10.7 x 6 x 1.6cm and weighs 111g. The handset has a two-megapixel, 5x digital zoom camera; Bluetooth wireless stereo audio; quad-band GSM/GPRS connectivity; 64MB of memory; a Micro SD card slot and a bright 320 x 240 display.

RIM BlackBerry Curve - front

Vodafone said its version of the Curve will go on sale on Monday, 21 May, pitched primarily at business buyers. O2 customers will get it sooner: on Tuesday, 8 May, the carrier said today. Both will give the handset away for nothing if you acquire a large enough monthly airtime package.

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