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A great and simple phone. Super for entry level Blackberry users. You can mail, browse internet, use like an ipod, video, facebook, etc. It doesn't have all the features of the BB Bold (Camera Flash, GPS, 3G) but is a great low cost starter Blackberry. One key feature you get with this phone if used with T-Mobile US is UMA calling. T-mobile calls this wi-fi calling. UMA/Wi-Fi calling enables you to use a wireless hotspot or router to make a virtual call through the T-Mobile system. It is like having a T-Mobile antenna wherever you are. So if you have poor service in your house but have a wireless router you can make your mobile calls through the router. Note that these calls still count as T-Mobile minutes. In addtion, when roaming outside the United States, you can use this UMA calling functon to get off a roaming network, and make a call like you are in the United States. This is a huge savings in roaming costs.
this phone (BB Gemini 8520 curve) is the best by the price and functions, have gps, video camcorder, wi-fi, have tracking sensitive pad (non tracking ball) better becouse no damage and no dirty frequently, is fast when requarid be reloaded, support memory cards (i use a 4gb card and no problem), have very good stereo sound, good resolution in camera (but dont have flash), full qwerty keyboard, is not sensitive as others blackberrys is very stronge phone in durability, only thing bad as all blackberrys the battery end soon, endure one day or less.
I RECOMMENDED BUY THIS PHONE IS A EXELLENT CHOICE
brand new just like described!thanks!the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 is a sleek entry-level smartphone that delivers some nice design enhancements and great performance. While available directly from T-Mobile, Wal-Mart offers the better value on the smartphone.
This is a great phone it does everything a blackberry can do but better than before. The trackpad is head over heels better than the trackball and it makes for a much smoother feel when using the phone. This phone isnt expensive and offers more than you would need so its a great buy.
The device has a 2-megapixel camera with video recording. Image quality was decent, though colors looked a bit washed out. The smartphone supports stereo Bluetooth wireless accessories, and its Wi-Fi support allows you not only to connect to the Internet but also to make calls via a T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot or a T-Mobile home Wi-Fi router. The Bluetooth adapter worked well when I tested it with mono and stereo wireless headsets. Audio from the unit's earpiece was clear and loud, though not as rich and bassy as the sound from some other recent smartphones. Regardless, all calls were intelligible, even in moderately noisy settings like a busy cafeteria. When playing music, the audio quality of the handset was adequate but not remarkable.
The bright, 320-by-240 pixel, 2.5-inch screen is clear and sharp, and ideal for viewing e-mail and playing video. The Web2Go browser had problems rendering some Web pages, but the "column view" feature makes it easier to read complicated pages by showing them a one column at a time.
The Curve 8520 is clearly designed for the social networker. Aside from the Facebook app, the handset's instant messaging menu includes applications for AOL Instant Messenger, BlackBerry Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger. You can also download more programs via BlackBerry App World, which is preloaded on the device.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 has some great multimedia and social networking features that will appeal to younger audiences. But with no speedy 3G connectivity, the Curve 8520 can't keep up with other smartphones on the market.
i love about this phone that it has alot of feautures dgsdgsgt dgdbought the NewPhone 74205 three weeks ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a 1M-pixel camera, video camera, and speakerphone. The NewPhone's size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan of roughly 4 hours. My only complaint is that the menu system on the phone makes you click four times before you can find someone in the address book, set an alarm, or perform a additional functions. Other phones I've owned have simpler menus and get you to important features easily. Overall, I'd recommend the phone if you're on a budget.
I personally really like the design approach Research in Motion has taken with the BlackBerry Curve 8520's form factor. On the front, they've extended the LCD protector / covering / shiny stuff (don't know what the actual term for it is but I'm sure you know what I mean) both up towards the top of the device and down over the buttons and right to the keyboard. Subbing out the trackball for optical trackpad, this combined gives the 8520 a more modern and sleek look. Though the Send / End / Menu / Back keys are still clickable, they are combined into one piece (the white lines are slightly ridged up so you always find and hit the right command). The rubber coating on the volume buttons and convenience keys also makes them seem more a part of the device itself. Along with the camera flash, another BlackBerry feature notably missing from the 8520 form factor are charging contacts - I guess there won't be a BlackBerry charging pod for this one. Come to think of it, you probably won't skin this device either since it sort of comes pre-skinned with it's rubberized body (no charging pod, no need for skins... lends well to the theory of this being a prepaid play).
I purchased this phone after my Blackberry 9700 broke upon accidentally dropping it while I was shopping. I didn't have mobile insurance plan on AT&T and I was a year away for my contract to expire. It seemed like my only chance to get another blackberry for a decent price was ebay, so I did. I looked at the 9700, the newer and older models. Also, I was reading about Blackberry 10 coming out the same year so I decided to buy this model and hold up until Blackberry 10 came out to purchase a current generation phone. The 8520 is a great phone, I know because my sister had one and her phones take all kinds of punishment. The phone lasted for almost a year (contrary to other phones she's had that usually last for 3-6 months. She later opted for a 9000. I purchased this one since it's about the same size as the 9700 with some key differences like CPU Speed, RAM and screen. The phone is great, the keyboard is not as comfortable as the 9700 but it does the job well, and the battery lasts a full day with moderate use of facebook, twitter, phonecalls and sms. I would recommend it to students like me who want a phone and not a toy that can distract you while in class with game apps. This is very useful for people who rely on their email. A must have for people with a small business.
The RIM Blackberry 8520 is a pretty nice device. It has a 2mpx for simple pictures, GSM network...etc...
The thing a like the most is that it fits in the hand, and feel light but great..
It isn't the best blackberry but for new users or people that just one text via bbm, and compose emails and Facebook.. it's great!!
Cheap but good...
I actually have another BB besides this one which is much better; The BB Bold2 9700. It has no point of omparation with this one. In fact is like comparing a GT Mustang and Honda Civic.. Both are cars but... hahaha! so the regular price for the BB Bold2 9700 is $550 while the Curve 8520 is no more than $180
Also Bold are known for be made for business purposes (better web browser, emailer, camera, and procesator...) and the Curve for uses (faster ram, better library for music and videos and more media networking apps!)
If you don't care about the attachments of a smartphone get this curve.. It has the same as the Bold but less quality.
You wanna have the best of the best? don't hesitate and get hi BOLD! :D
BlackBerry are trying hard. People like us have been moaning for ages about the trackball that featured in previous curve models. The trackball that often gets stuck and develops a mind of its own. And now they've come up with an alternative: a touch-sensitive Trackpad. Good work, but somehow they've fumbled the keyboard, and the beautifully responsive keyboard that appeared on the 8900 has been replaced by one that just doesn't quite have the same sureness of feel. What a shame! Still, the combination of trackpad plus QWERTY keyboard isn't a bad one, and it sure beats struggling to write an email with a conventional alphanumeric keypad!
Anyway, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Let's take a step back and survey the BlackBerry 8520. What is it's place in the BlackBerry family? It's not a 3G phone like the BlackBerry Bold, and it's missing features like GPS that appear in the BlackBerry 8900. No, this is an entry level member of the curve family, equipped with a basic screen and a really clunky camera. But it does have several strongpoints - the push email application and QWERTY keyboard that have made BlackBerries famous, excellent connectivity and some decent memory. The connectivity includes WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate, plus the benefit of a 3.5mm audio jack for connecting headphones or plugging into your car stereo.
As a budget BlackBerry, the 8520 has its place in the line-up, but the cost saving compared with the 8900 isn't very much. On balance, we'd prefer the BlackBerry 8900 to the 8520, despite the trackball vs trackpad issue. The 8900 is a better featured phone in several ways, and the outstandingly good keyboard on the 8900 is a major plus for anyone serious about mobile messaging.