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Prepaid BlackBerry Curve hitting MetroPCS on Tuesday?

It’s been a while since we first heard the rumor that MetroPCS would launch EVDO access and the BlackBerry Curve. The original rumor called for an end-of-February launch, and clearly that hasn’t happened. However, we could get an announcement as early as this week. PhoneNews.com has found the scoop that the device will in fact launch through MetroPCS, and it could be hitting Best Buy shelves by Tuesday, March 10. This is clearly an exciting development for both MetroPCS and the prepaid sector.

Metro has priced the prepaid BlackBerry plan, with BIS access, at $50 per month. This includes unlimited BIS, messaging, and voice minutes, making it a comparable deal to Boost Mobile‘s unlimited plan. However, CDMA data on a BlackBerry provides far more in service and speed than iDEN data on a clamshell. This could position Metro well to take some of the unlimited customers from Boost by offering a better service at the same price point. BES data for corporate email will cost an extra $10 per month.

The real inhibitor, as always with carriers like Metro and Cricket, is the price of the handset. The full retail price of the BlackBerry Curve 8330 is over $400, and customers shouldn’t expect a subsidy on this device. If Metro offers one, all the better. It’s a pretty high-end offering as it is, and I’m wondering if Metro just picked the wrong time to roll it out.