Johannesburg - Research In Motion on Thursday announced that the BlackBerry Curve 9360 will be available from MTN, Vodacom and CellC*.

“The BlackBerry Curve series is already incredibly popular in South Africa and we think customers will be very impressed with this new model and with the new BlackBerry 7 operating system. The BlackBerry Curve 9360 makes it easier than ever to stay socially connected and offers a significant performance boost with a much faster and smoother web browsing experience,” says Rui Brites, director of product management for Africa at RIM.

The new BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone is slim andis ergonomically designed with a comfortable keyboard for fast, accurate typing and an optical trackpad for easy, one-handed navigation.

GPS and Wi-Fi support are also included, as well as a 5MP camera with flash and video recording so that memories can be captured and instantly shared on social networks. The microSD/SDHC slot supports up to 32 GB memory cards for additional media storage.

In addition to supporting the new BlackBerry 7 OS, the BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone features a range of hardware enhancements, including an upgraded processor and display, more memory and built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), a new technology that is enabling many exciting capabilities, including the ability to pair accessories or read SmartsPoster tags with a simple tap of the smartphone.

BlackBerry 7 introduces a next generation BlackBerry browser which combines the dramatically improved performance of the advanced WebKit browser engine with the hardware enhancements in the new BlackBerry Curve 9360 smartphone to deliver a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience.

Additional enhancements to this next generation BlackBerry browser have also enabled smoother navigation and optimised HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

For additional information please visit: http://za.blackberry.com/devices/blackberrycurve9360.jsp