BlackBerry Curve 9220 (Curve 6) is the cheapest BlackBerry phone running the BlackBerry 7 OS. This is why it is our recommended entry BlackBerry phone. If you are in the market for BlackBerry phones, the cheapest you should go for is the BlackBerry Curve 9220. It is stylish, runs the latest OS available from RIM for low cost models, operates smoothly, and does not look cheap. You can call it an ‘I big pass my neighbour’ BlackBerry.
Curve 9220 is about the same size as the BlackBerry Curve 8520, but is thinner and lighter. It is the perfect replacement for the Curve 8520. If you are planning to buy the Curve 8520, we recommend you go for the Curve 9220 instead, if budget allows.
A BlackBerry Phone for Emerging Market
BlackBerry Curve 9220 was part of the first set of BlackBerry phones built with the emerging markets like Nigeria in mind. While RIM was losing market share in more advanced countries sales of BlackBerry phones in emerging markets of Asia, Middle East and Africa is booming.
BlackBerry Curve 9220 is part of RIM’s strategy to maintain its lead in emerging market while waiting for BlackBerry 10 devices to help it stage a comeback in well advanced markets.
BlackBerry Curve 9220 features an above average battery life and FM radio for catching up with local news and music, key requirements for phones targeted at emerging market. It runs the BlackBerry 7.1 OS on an 800MHz processor with 512MB of RAM. The interface is smooth and responsive using the optical trackpad.
RIM’s popular messaging app, the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is at the core of this device. It comes with a dedicated key to BBM for one touch launch with BBM integrated into Facebook, Twitter, and BlackBerry app world for more social engagement with friends.
Display & Camera
BlackBerry Curve 9220 has a 2.44-inch display, offering QVGA (320 x 240 pixels) resolution. This is much the same as the display on the Curve 8520. You also get the standard 35-key QWERTY keyboard. The camera is a modest 2.0MP with video recording. The camera features 5x digital zoom and geotagging. Flashlight is not provided.
Data and Network support
BlackBerry Curve 9220 is a quadband GSM phone with GPRS/EDGE data support. While the cellular is slow, you can access fast internet on Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n.
- corporate data access
- WPA/WPA2 Personal and Enterprise
- Wi-Fi access to BES
- SMS/MMS messaging
- Bluetooth 2.1
- wireless email
- BlackBerry Messenger
- built-in internet modem
- push email
- extensive email support
- Social networking
- Instant messaging
Buy Memory card for your Blackberry Curve 9220.
Pricing and availability
Other features of Blackberry Curve 9220 (Curve 6):
- BlackBerry 7.1 OS
- 800MHz Processor
- 512MB RAM
- 512MB eMMC memory, plus microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB cards
- Weight: 102g
- Dimensions: 109 x 60 x 12.7
- Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor
- Colour: Black, Pink, White, Real Blue
- Integrated speaker and microphone
- Integrated hands-free speakerphone
- Video Streaming on Wi-Fi
- 3.5mm audio support
- Trackpad navigation
- Video support: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV3
- Audio format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
- Quad-band GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
- Document reader (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- 1450 mAH rechargeable battery
- Up to 672 hours standby time
- Up to 7 hours talk time
- Music Playback: up to 28 hours
You can also visit your GSM operators for information on available BlackBerry phones.