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T-Mobile Can't Wait for BB10, Offers New BlackBerry Curve 9315

Here's one for the head-scratching category. Today RIM and T-Mobile announced that the "new" BlackBerry Curve 9315 running BB 7.1 will be available for pre-order on 1/16. Not only does this news come just a few weeks before the release of the new BlackBerry 10 OS, but this Curve will offer 3G connectivity, not 4G. 

The handset will sport the traditional BB-style QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2-megapixel camera with LED flash, FM radio and Wi-Fi. It will come with Facebook and Twitter apps preloaded, as well as a dedicated key for BlackBerry Messenger. This "modern" smartphone will cost $49.99 after a $50 rebate, assuming you sign a two-year contract that will have you using a device with 2009-era specs in 2015.

We're still expecting RIM to take the wraps off its long-anticipated BlackBerry 10 smartphones by January 30th. Richard Piasentin, managing director for the U.S. at Research In Motion seemed to indicate this handset would target first-time smartphone owners, saying “The Curve 9315 is designed to make it incredibly easy to stay connected with friends, family and coworkers and will be popular with customers upgrading to a smartphone for the first time, as well as existing Curve customers looking for a step up in speed and functionality.”

BB10 will reportedly offer a fresh interface that emphasizes gestures and multitasking, a completely revamped touch keyboard and a supercharged browser. However, pictures that reportedly leaked on 12/24 seem to point to a QWERTY option as well. When we went hands-on with the new OS,  we found the Flow interface to be fun to use and its Time Shift camera app a blast.  

A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.