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In a move that will make O2 see red, rival operator T-Mobile has released the BlackBerry Curve 8900 earlier and at a potentially lower price than its rival.

From today, the email-friendly handset is available from T-Mobile stores and online. It’s free when you sign up to one of the firm’s £35 ($52/€39) monthly contracts.

O2 won’t be pleased to hear this, because it’s not planning to let customers get their paws on the phone until next year – 5 January, to be exact.

O2 is also planning to give the handset away for free with certain airtime packages, but as yet it hasn't said how much you'll have to commit yourself to pay each month to get the 8900 for nowt. If it's more than £35 a month, O2 customers may choose to switch to T-Mobile.

Carphone Warehouse is likely to be a little narked too, because it won’t release the 8900 until next week, on 20 December. Its price hasn’t been confirmed yet.

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 – codenamed 'Javelin' - is slightly smaller than the recently released Bold, but has a 3.2-megapixel camera, Micro SD memory card slot and Wi-Fi connectivity. It doesn’t support 3G.

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