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MetroPCS said today it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 8330 (not Om’s latest handset crush) in several markets, including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, with advance pay plans that range from $30 to $60 a month.  The BlackBerry is the carrier’s first smart […]

MetroPCS said today it will launch the BlackBerry Curve 8330 (not Om’s latest handset crush) in several markets, including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, with advance pay plans that range from $30 to $60 a month.  The BlackBerry is the carrier’s first smart phone.

Last week, MetroPCS COO Tom Keys told us he expected the prepaid carrier to launch a BlackBerry by the second or third quarter of the year. He also told us the carrier would hopefully deploy a Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G wireless network in 2010. Since we’re still on the tail end of the first quarter, it appears they are early with the phone; we can only hope they beat their timing on LTE too.

As data becomes a must-have service on mobile phones, even the regional carriers are adding these services. With Sprint’s $50 unlimited talk and data plan on its Boost subsidiary, Leap Wireless offering data cards and MetroPCS pushing a smartphone at cheap prices, the other carriers might feel some pricing pressure. However, I doubt they’ll make rapid reductions in data costs unless customers start defecting in large numbers. No carrier wants to turn the wireless golden goose into just another dumb pipe.

  1. This would be good news, if Metro’s customer service and coverage areas didn’t stink so bad. Still, it’s about time for Metro to get a phone like this.

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    1. Meredith Browning Monday, October 5, 2009

      Well, we’ve spent a total of 5 hours at Best Buy trying to get the email set up and they finally told us to call customer support at Microsoft to get our outlook password. Huh?

      We have a website registered through Network Solutions with the attendant email…I can understand needing our Netsol password to set up a Pop 3 account, but a password from Microsoft? I don’t get it. Does anyone else?

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  2. I currently pay $345 per month for 3 Blackberries with data and voice. METROPCS please launch nationwide coverage!!! Please Please Please!!! I would switch in a heartbeat. The fact that your data service only work in major cities and the voice plan will incur $.19 per minute fees when “roaming” is the deal breaker for me. But in the mean time, I will still call my current provider and talk to them about this new MetroPCS blackberry plan. You would be surprised in what you can get just by talking to people. Maybe I may get some sort of credit on my bill just for thinking about switching.

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    1. Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, March 10, 2009

      Guys, the coverage issue is a problem. However, they have a roaming deal now with Leap (AKA Cricket) that broadens coverage and doesn’t cost 19 cents per minute. Not sure if that includes all data services, though.

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    2. can someone please help me with setting a signature to appear when sendin a text message? how do u do it?

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  3. I just got back from a Detroit-area Best Buy and they don’t have the new Crackberry and don’t know when they’re going to get it. What a joke!

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  4. Jesse Kopelman Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    No carrier wants to turn the wireless golden goose into just another dumb pipe, but eventually one will have to. It is just like how after 15 years of charging a huge premium over landline voice the carriers one after another bit the bullet and started to let go of their premiums to grow market share. Now voice was far more of a managed service than data will ever be, so it is only natural that in a competitive market some carrier will take advantage of the fact that what it is besat suited to provide ACTUALLY IS A DUMB PIPE and price accordingly, much to the consternation of its rivals and the adulation of its and their customers.

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  5. Unless they let you bring your own handset, they want $449 for the phone. Ouch!

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    1. do your shoping b/c some places have deal when you take a phone in they will give you the best phone they have all for $0.00

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    2. You can also use verizon or sprint phone including smart phones and bring it over to metro (Flashing).

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  6. I cant believe thiss.. omg i am so happy and im gnna be the 1st one to get it
    YAYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. They DO want $449 for the blackberry… but there is no activation fee, no contract, AND an extremely low $50 per month plan??? If you look at it and say, “449 bucks, NO WAY!” Then you are not thinking long-term. Youre going to save that in a matter of months, anything after that is just lining for your pocket. I’m happy with my Messager though, thank you very much.

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  8. so when does this come out? i have gone to numerous metro pcs stores as well as best buys and they all just look at me as if im crazy!!

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  9. This changes Metro’s demographics – supposedly the credit challenged urban set will now give way to the BlackBerry value seekers. But the Curve is only for Metro’s core markets – PCS frequency as opposed to AWS frequencies in the expansion markets. You are not able to use this Curve in expansion markets.

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  10. The metro pcs blackberry curve is out in bestbuy stores in the sf bayarea as of sat. March 14th 2009 its 450.00 comes in redish burgandy color the grahpite color will be out in a couple of months

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