It turns out that fears of the demise of Sprint's prepaid BlackBerrys were premature. Today, Boost Mobile announced a new BlackBerry, the Curve 9310. It runs BB OS 7.1 and has a 3.2 MP camera. Other features include:
- Dedicated BlackBerry Messenger key
- Text and email (supports Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail)
- 3.2MP camera with flash
- Speedy Web browsing
- BlackBerry 7.1 OS
- Access to thousands of apps and games on BlackBerry App World™
- Easy Access to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and more
- Stereo Bluetooth support
- Wi-Fi and GPS1 enabled
- Built-in FM radio
- Great battery life (up to eight hours talk time or 18 days standby; up to 70 hours of music playback with headphones)
To go with the new device, Boost is launching a new lower cost BlackBerry Messenger Unlimited Plan which starts at $45/month with the price decreasing by $5 for every six timely payments until it reaches $30 after 18 payments, thanks to Boost's Shrinkage feature. This plan is only available with the new Curve
The new plan includes unlimited calls, text and picture messaging and unlimited BlackBerry Messenger. The catch is that it doesn't include any data for web browsing, email or apps. The Curve 9310 does have Wi-Fi so you can get online when you are in range of a hot spot.
The Curve 9310 can also use Boost's legacy $60/month (before Shrinkage) plan which includes unlimited data (throttled to 256 Kbps after 2.5 GB).