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Straight Talk BlackBerry Now Available For $129.99

The "curve ball" that Straight Talk teased about on Twitter and Facebook  last week is now available on the Straight Talk Web site. As expected, it's the BlackBerry Curve 9310 and it runs on Verizon's network.

The Curve's price is $129.99 with free shipping and the phone will only work on Straight Talk's $45/month Unlimited Plan or $60/month Unlimited International Plan. BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), the cloud server that powers BlackBerry push email and BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), is included with either plan.

The 9310 is the latest model in BlackBerry's Curve line of affordable consumer grade phones. As such its specs are modes,t especially the QVGA screen and 3.2 MP fixed focus camera. But the Curve 9310 will deliver the full BlackBerry experience including a great keyboard, long battery life, support for multiple email accounts including multiple corporate Exchange Server accounts, the ability to handle thousand of contacts with fast searching and sorting, secure BBM messaging and support for Facebook Chat and all popular IM services.

Full BlackBerry Curve 9310 Specs:

Screen: 2.44" QVGA 320x240 px resolution (164 dpi), Transmissive TFT LCD
Camera: 3.2 MP fixed focus camera with flash and 640 x 480 px (VGA) video capture
OS: BlackBerry® 7.1 OS
Connectivity:
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise
- FM Radio, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
Memory: 512 MB RAM, 513 MB internal storage , support for micro-SD cards up to 32 GB
Keyboard: 35-key, backlit, QWERTY keyboard with optical trackpad
Processor: 800 Mhz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Battery: 1450 mAh removable battery, Talk time: up to 8 hours, Standby time: up to 18 days, Music playback time: up to 70 hours (with headset usage)
Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 12.7 mm (4.29 x 2.36 x 0.05 in)
Weight: 104 g (3.67 oz)

BlackBerry Curve 9310 Interactive Tutorial, User Guide: Download 13 MB PDFView online


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  1. I like that it is running on Verizon's network! Even though BlackBerry is not doing well, this could help StraightTalk.

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  2. I don't know how it would help since the 9310 was on Boost Mobile already.

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    1. The Straight Talk BlackBerry has the advantages of much better Verizon coverage, more reliable and generally faster data and a lower monthly cost for the first 18 months.

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    2. True Verizon has better coverage. But Straight Talk still has its data issues. That's why I left ST. Boost my not have data coverage like ST and slower 3G data compared to others. But Boost doesn't have strict data policies like ST.

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    3. Quit fear mongering! Straight talk AT&T is about 2GB a month before they throttle, the T-Mobile side is way more forgiving. Meanwhile, Boost Mobile throws you a half GB bone and start to throttle at 2.5GB UNLESS you're in an area with their WiMax... Then you can use that unlimited.

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  3. I have the Samsung Proclaim on Straight Talk (Verizon network), I have not had one data issue. Why? Because I read the T.O.S. and followed it. No streaming allowed means no streaming allowed.

    I just want a better smartphone that runs on Verizon. The Showcase is 2 years old and not worth $250.

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    1. besides no streaming allowed are
      you allowed unlimited web
      browsing?

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    2. That's what Straight Talk says though some users who swear they never streamed or tethered say they have been throttled.

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  4. Though Verizon's network is quite expansive, Straight Talk Verizon will not roam on US Cellular from experience unless anything has recently changed. Regardless on VZW network this is great.

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  5. I currently have simple mobile service but but it does not allow roaming on T-Mobile roaming partners. Will this phone allow Straight Talk customer to roam on Verizon's roaming partners or is limited to Verizon's native network?

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    1. The Straight Talk BlackBerry works on the Verizon native network only.

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  6. if you have wifi will they still block ur fone if u stay on the web to long

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    1. You can use all the data you want on WiFi. Straight Talk doesn't care because it's not their data you're using.

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  7. Sridhara-syama dasaApril 4, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I really need help - hopefully someone here can help. Maybe our master expert - Dennis Bournique!

    I had a BB Curve 9300 3G that I was using on Simple Mobile but had network issues and dropped calls where I live (center of DFW metro). Bought the Straight Talk BB Curve 9310 couple of days ago from local Walmart, got it activated and ported my number.

    Then, using the Blackberry Desktop Software I tried porting all my data, apps etc from the old GSM BB to the new Verizon BB. Everything else went fine - except that the APN Settings of the Straight Talk / Vzw BB Curve 9310 got overwritten to Simple. I am assuming that they got overwritten - since I did not check the APN before restoring my data from old BB to the new one.

    Everything else is working fine now - EXCEPT my Internet Browser. Searched the net last night to see if I could find the APN settings somewhere - found a couple but nothing worked for me. Just got off the phone with Straight Talk Customer Service - who tried to help even though it was very difficult for me to understand her. Spent almost 1 hr on the phone and eventually she said to go and get a replacement phone from Walmart and do not make the same mistake again.

    I would appreciate if someone here could help - that will help me to avoid the drastic step of getting the phone replaced and having to spend the whole day trying to set it up again.

    Regards
    Sridhara-syama dasa

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    1. I don't know much about BlackBerrys but I suspect a factory reset would restore the APN setting.

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  8. Thanks for the idea. It worked.

    Regards
    Sridhara-syama dasa

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  9. Sridhara-syama dasaApril 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I am in Dallas, TX.

    I was previously using a Blackberry Curve 9300 on Simple Mobile - but even though I live in the center of the city the coverage was not very good - especially at my home. The network would keep fluctuating all the time from 0-1 bars to 5 bars and from EDGE to edge to GSM to gprs to 3G ALL THE TIME. Started having too many dropped calls and many incoming calls that never rang but directly went to voice mail.

    Finally in frustration earlier this week I bought the Straight Talk BB from my local Walmart. Transferring everything was a bit of a challenge (no fault of Straight Talk - just my ignorance and inexperience) - but I am very very happy with the network service I am getting now. 100% steady 3G service. I have tested the network speed using "Fancy Speed Test" a free BB AppWorld and getting between 600 kbps to 1 Mbps download speed.

    Makes me one happy camper.

    Regards
    Sridhara-syama dasa

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  10. anyone know if an unlocked blackberry torch 9810 (at&t) will work on straight talk plan . . .

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    1. AT&T BlackBerrys work for talk and text only with an Straight Talk AT&T SIM. If unlocked they work for talk and text only with an Straight Talk T-Mobile SIM.

      There's no BIS with Straight Talk GSM so no BBM, email, web or MMS.

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