If you’ve been looking for a BlackBerry without contract but couldn’t afford to fork out a huge sum one go, SenQ offers a solution. They are offering the BlackBerry Bold 9700, Curve 8520 and the latest Curve 3G 9300 with a 3 year installment plan.
With this offer, the Curve 8520 is going for RM29.83/month while the newer Curve 3G (9300) can be yours for RM36.08/month. Meanwhile, the higher range BlackBerry Bold 9700 goes for as low as RM52.05/month. To make the deal worth the duration, SenQ is also giving warranty up to 3 years as well. They are also throwing in a Free BackBerry Swivel holster worth RM132.
Honestly we think paying 3 years for a phone is just too long as you would probably changed phones by then. Since they mention the duration is “up to” 3 years, we assume that you could opt for a lower duration say 12 or 24 months.
We believe there is a market for such offer as this makes it easier to own a BlackBerry than ever before. A possible taker for this offer may be likely to go for a prepaid service like Xpax that offers as low as RM0.50 for basic BBM service. So RM15 per month (30 days) for BBM and RM30 monthly for a Curve 8520 is pretty affordable for the masses.
This offer is valid until 31st October 2010. If you’re interested, check out the full details over at SenQ.
While DiGi is merely starting its ROI for the new BlackBerry Curve 9300, Celcom is going full swing with the device. Celcom Exec 50 and Exec 250 customers can get the Curve 9300 for RM688 with a RM250 monthly commitment. If that’s too high, the device goes for RM788 or RM888 for a lesser monthly commitment of RM148 and RM118 respectively. The commitment plans are on a 12 months contract.
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You see, the BlackBerry Curve 9300 comes with a more spaced out keyboard and an optical trackpad. The BlackBerry featured on DiGi’s ROI page has a trackball and a different keyboard and is in fact an older BlackBerry Curve 8900 that’s two generation behind the Curve 3G.
We’re not sure why DiGi would want to do an ROI for the Curve 3G as Celcom has already started selling the device, so it’s not really a big deal. And as expected, no prices, plans or launch data has been revealed but you can expect things to get really interesting in the following weeks and months.
The HTC Aria is priced at RM1,799 outright, factor in a 12-month contract the Aria would probably cost RM1,299 thereabouts. Interestingly the highlights of the Aria includes 3.2in TFT display, that means AMOLED similar to the Legend is out of the question. Can we expect the Aria to come with Super LCD instead? We’ll keep you posted on findings.
Already, the iPhone 4 is expected to come to Malaysia towards the end of September and then we have the Nokia N8 slated for early October release, let’s not forget that Maxis has opened ROI for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Curve 9300 along with the as well — it’s going to be a smartphone galore as we approach the final quarter of 2010.
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UPDATE: Celcom officially offers the BlackBerry Curve 3G (9300) for both postpaid and prepaid in Malaysia from RM688. Read more on the Celcom Blackberry Curve 3G offers here.
Very perplexing is why is there nary a mention on its official website — www.celcom.com.my. Even more confusing is that the announcement on Facebook says that something is limited to 200 units.
We’re not sure if its the device that’s limited to 200 units or the freebie that comes with the device (if you pre-book whit Celcom, you get a free in-car charger).
If the device is limited to only 200 customers then that just silly on Celcom’s part. Wouldn’t it make more sense to offer as many pre-book units as possible. If they sellout, then that makes for an interesting story to send to the press, eg: “Celcom sells out BlackBerry Curve 3G in first week”.
Anyways, there’s not much info on the Facebook announcement except that you have to fork out RM50 to book a Curve 3G. Pre-booking of the BlackBerry Curve 3G runs from August 20 to 31 and collection day will be on September 3. There’s no indication on if you need to have a Celcom plan to get the Curve and no indication on how much it will cost.
But assuming Celcom stops offering the non-3G Curve than you’re probably looking at roughly the same price. That is around RM1,200 outright and RM500 thereabouts if tied with a contract.
If the non-3G Curve is still on offer then the Curve 3G will probably go for no more than RM1,500 outright and around RM800 with a contract.
We think the Curve is a cheap and cheerful device that does what it says on the box. If you are a IM, text and Twitter junkie, the Curve 3G with its pricing and robust construction is a nice phone to have. It makes for a good secondary phone too. Pre-bookings for the Curve 3G can be made at any Celcom Blue Cube outlets.
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RIM has officially revealed the BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 which comes with a 2 Megapixel camera, 2.8″ QVGA display and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. It also supports 3G with HSDPA which finally made its appearance for the curve range.
It is expected to be shipped this month with Blackberry 5 OS and the newer Blackberry 6 will be made available later in the coming months. So rest assured, this device is definitely Blackberry 6 OS ready.
There’s no official pricing yet but according to Slashgear, the Curve 3G is priced at CA$79.99 (estimated RM245) with a three year contract.
More details of the Curve 3G here.
We are still wondering which telco will be the first to bring the Curve 3G and the latest Torch 9800 to Malaysia.