Following up on our pre-release coverage, MetroPCS has launched the BlackBerry Curve 8330 in the Greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento markets via Best Buy locations.
The phone is identical to versions sold on other carriers with a QVGA landscape display, full QWERTY keyboard, trackball navigation as found on the Pearl, microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth with stereo audio support, 2.0 megapixel camera with video recorder and flash, media player, and speakerphone.
MetroPCS has also opened a dedicated online portal for the device with pricing and plan information, with the biggest change being made in pricing.Â According to the MetroPCS page the Curve will retail for $349.99, which is $150 cheaper than expected and reflects a subsidy provided by the carrier.
The Curve will be also available within the next 2-3 weeks online and via corporate stores and dealers in the same timeframe.
Encyclopedia: RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330
Update: MetroPCS has updated pricing on the product page and is now inline with prior release information at $449.99.