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Virgin Mobile to get BlackBerry Curve 8530

Just last week I wrote a post on our sister site, BBGeeks, profiling the needs of a prepaid BlackBerry user. At this point it’s tough to gauge exactly who benefits from the service plans and handset prices, but there are certainly advantages to taking a BlackBerry off contract. We know that Cricket will offer the BlackBerry Curve 8530 at some point this summer. According to a recent report from, we could be adding another carrier to the list. They caught a tidbit on RIM’s download page, which indicates that the Curve could hit Virgin Mobile sometime soon.

As you can see above, RIM has an OS 5.0 version ready for Virgin Mobile. That presents a pretty good sign that they’re readying a release, though we have no information on when that might be. We also don’t know the price point of the device, though considering Virgin’s exclusive focus on prepaid, that could be around $300 or so.

We haven’t heard much from Virgin since the merger with Sprint. This would be a good way to get back into the public conscious.

7 Responses

  1. Rogen Says

    If prepaid is what you are looking for then go for Net10. Net10 is real and has no contracts and all the positives of good saving. Net10 gives 10c per minute calls and 5c messages. The phones are nice and the coverage is good. Its really worth it.

    Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 2:57 pm
  2. mike freeman Says

    With sister Sprint prepaid division carrier Boost having unlimited Blackberry Bis & Bes slready, I really don’t see what VM can offer that is better or different. There are all kinds of Blackberry & VM prepaid rumors floating around these days like a Verizon prepaid berry plan and Sprint adding more prepaid divisions but til we see something solid which this is not it alll remains conjecture.

    Posted on April 27th, 2010 at 3:09 pm
  3. Silver Fang Says

    I love my Boost Curve 8330 to bits, but I have to admit the VMUSA 8530 does look tempting, with its faster processor, more RAM, etc. I’ll have to keep an eye on this.

    Posted on May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm
  4. New Virgin Mobile plans, phones leaked | Prepaid Reviews Says

    [...] heard, not too long ago, that Virgin Mobile would get the Blackberry Curve 8530. At the same time we heard that they might change up their current rate plans. It looks like both [...]

    Posted on May 5th, 2010 at 7:31 am
  5. Patty Says

    Virgin Moblile offers the phone and a great data plan to boot. Phone is $299 on the website, but can be purchased for $279 at Walmart. Unlimited data, unlimited texting, 300 minutes, and the blackberry plan runs $35. Great deal. Battery is poor, signal strength a bit weak, but awesome features and a solid value.

    Posted on July 31st, 2010 at 10:07 am
  6. waitinggame Says

    I’ve had this phone for almost a month and I love it except I can not receive (nor have I ever been able to receive) any text messages from any person who has AT&T. They can receive mine. It is confirmed as a issue only with ALL virgin mobile blackberry phones. and all of the BB phones are having this problem for a long time. As per several forums for at least 2 months. I can not recommend this phone to anybody until they fix the text issue.

    I held of getting 8530 till MMS was fixed but Virgin mobile has not publicized the AT&T text issue which is not the fault of AT&T. My contacts have already spoken with AT&T. Virgin Mobile deletes my question directed to these issues on resolution date and they are removed them from questions and answers forum page for BB 8530 at their web site. Virgin mobile has resolved most of the unable to receive MMS except for this one. This BB phone can not receive any picture messaging from the LG Rumor touch. Blackberry places it in SMS folder and shows as symbols and from 9999999999. They are aware of the issue with all the blackberries and can not comment on when it will get fixed. Their upper level tech support is contracted as a 3rd party and even the basic call in tech support is not allowed to speak to tier 3 other then email and wait 72 hrs for reply, then you have to call back to basic tech support to see what tier 3 said, give your reply and wait another 72 hrs and so forth.

    If you are interested in this phone and have AT&T contacts, forewarned, call the tech support 888-322-1122 and ask if AT&T text issue has been resolved before purchasing. If they say they know nothing of the issue then ask them to ask somebody who knows about it.

    Posted on September 27th, 2010 at 3:12 pm
  7. Waylon Says

    I have the blackberry curve from Virgin Mobile. Its everything you could want with a pre-paid phone. Fast internet, can connect to wifi, interface is smooth, great multi-tasking. I plan to keep this phone for a very long time. And overall I’ve never been able to beet virgin mobiles plans. $25 for unlimited text, unlimited data, and 300 minutes of calling. Overall is a great phone I give it 10 stars and would recommend to anybody.

    Posted on June 29th, 2011 at 7:59 am

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