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BlackBerry Curve 8520 review: BlackBerry Lite

22 December 2009 | Read the review | Post your comment
BlackBerry Curve 8520 review: BlackBerry Lite - read the full textWith the Bold almost reaching perfection in the BlackBerry arts, new horizons need to be explored to keep the spark alive. The tall task to pioneer new territories (in BlackBerry terms anyway) falls on to the Curve 8520. The new Curve has a price tag that’s easier on the wallet...


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Hi without blackberry plan can i use wifi to browse and do any task smoothly

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  • 2010-01-13 11:50
  • wHUm

Good day
I am a BB user for the past five months, and I love it. I've got a Samsung Omnia and a Samsung MM8800 and the BB is by far the best.
I've got email on the go, blackberry chat (which is also free), facebook, flickr etc.

So please do not diss the BB. It is the best invention since cotton candy.

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  • 2010-01-11 11:25
  • FXd3

> In reply to GSMfan @ 2010-01-02 04:03 from qbdk - click to readjust my two cents...

Many of the Premium Phones are not maximised for their functions by the general market. Many of them primarily use it for Call, Text and now-adays Web Browsing. What drives them to get Premium tagged phones is the self boosting feeling that their one of the "IN" crowd. A very very few people do maximise the phone's functionality depending on their work and lifestyle, but again not fully maximised.

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  • 2010-01-08 15:21
  • PT5v

> In reply to Dan @ 2010-01-04 21:41 from mX3q - click to readI have to agree on Dan here since this is becoming a trend here in the Philippines. Its a FAD phone now in the current market here for those who can afford to subscribe to Data access so they could browse the web, update their FaceBooks and chat thru YM on the go.

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  • 2010-01-08 15:15
  • PT5v

> In reply to Trish @ 2010-01-04 12:07 from fXSj - click to readHi Trish,

If you meant a device upgrade using your mobile subscription, it is possible. But if you meant upgrade your nokia to a bb device with the nokia applications running on a bb device, that may not be possible due to some restrictions. The BB device can only detect and tranfer the following data thru BB Desktop Manager: Contacts, Caledar, Notes. Aside from that, i am not aware if there are applications that would be synch between the two. Better consult your nearest tech savvy mobile user for some info.

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  • 2010-01-08 15:12
  • PT5v

> In reply to Red @ 2010-01-04 12:15 from fXSj - click to readHi Red,

If your Mobile Service Provider offers the BB 8520, you may do an upgrade, just inquire the additional costs it would entail coz to maximise the BB unit, your provider must have a BIS Subscription Plan you can upgrade on to receive your corporate and personal emails on your BB device. But should you just want to change your device at your own expense, you may do so but be very aware of the Data (per KB) cost of your provider should you access the BB's web browser and applications.

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  • 2010-01-08 15:06
  • PT5v

> In reply to niec @ 2010-01-03 18:55 from vf29 - click to readHi Niec,

Try getting some information about Nokia's Ovi Suite.

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  • 2010-01-08 15:00
  • PT5v

The reviewer of the BB 8520 has his/her bias on the tech savy components of BB and Premium Phones which is why the review was not that appreciatively given, so the message sent out was addressed to the techy mobile gadget users. But if it were reviewed from a stand point of the market it wishes to cater (SME, Yuppies and young fad fanatics), the BB 8520 works well.

Here in the Philippines, the BB debut as a Corporate Phone due its "easy" email set-up (no need to buy a device to be installed to your company's system like that of Nokia). The BB is penetrating the mainstream market due to its "Premium" tagging in the mobile device as a must have phone (Local Artists in the trendy scene that creates market fad has one). The BB 8520 is the BB Flagship Device for Globe Telecom's BlackBerry Pre-Paid Subscription that can be availed at a cost of USD310.00 for the unit and a monthly load of USD25.00 for a 30day unlimited data access; it is also offered for postpaid with USD79.00 for BIS and USD81.00 for BES on a 24month holding period with unlimited data, voice and text access (unlimited voice & sms are amongst Globe and Touch Mobile subscribers), costing about a total of USD1,900 (BIS) and USD1,950 (BES) respectively for the 24month holding period.

The cost of the unit is very much affordable by the medium range income market here in the Philippines that generally has at least 1 "premium" phone on their pockets. And with its price not depreciating for a lengthy time, unlike that of Nokia, it would surely be a must have phone to invest on by some young users.

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  • 2010-01-08 14:55
  • PT5v

There is alot of rubish in that article. There are far more people wanting blackberries for pleasure purposes that is why they have put the new cheaper 8520 out on the shelves not so that they can get into that market!

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  • 2010-01-04 21:41
  • mX3q

My service provider recommended an upgrage. Is it possible to upgrage to Blackberry if you have a contract with Vodacom or other service providers?

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  • 2010-01-04 12:15
  • fXSj

Can I upgrade from Nokia 6210 (Navigator) to Blackberry?

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  • 2010-01-04 12:07
  • fXSj

I am a Blackberry user candidates. Are there other options besides blackberries for businesses such as email, push email, chat, browsing, and others? Because I really needed it in my work. If not, maybe Blackberry curve 8250 is the right choice for me. What do GSM arena say? By using BlackBerry Internet Service will be easier to email, chat, push email, even for social networks like facebook.

Indeed, in Indonesia so many blackberry users. But most of them use a blackberry just for social networks and the price for the blackberry internet service classified as very expensive. Within 1 month to spend about U.S. $ 15 or more. Indeed it is a choice, but to use push mail, email, chat, and more is there a better handset from Blackberry? Thank you for the answers all my friends and of course the GSM Arena.

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  • 2010-01-03 18:55
  • vf29

And....despite the fact that many kids are now into BB for text and chatting and stuff, I still say if you're not using it primarily for it's email functions, you would be better off with something else.

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  • 2010-01-02 04:03
  • qbdk

2 megapixel camera with fixed focus? No thanks, not even if it is a BB.

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  • 2010-01-02 04:00
  • qbdk
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This review was an utter disappointment for me. It is too sarcastic by GSMArena. Being a user of BB8520 and a nokia admirer, i believe that this BB is a gem at heart and truly budget friendly and easy on pocket. it has everything and comparing it too nokia e71 is not justice with BB. i wonder why is this review such an anti BB. it is a great phone and i am loving it for the past three months now and don't plan to change it in the near future.

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  • 2010-01-01 20:17
  • u1t6

This review is ANTI 8520. I have one and it works like a gem this review has lowered my respect for gsmarena and although my respect is still high i cant help but think the person(s) is being to critical of the headset. I wondered half way through if the person knew the meaning of budget, and whats so funny is the comparison between this device and the e71, wake up call E71 was design as a premium product and to be challenged so critically by a budget product shows the class of the two companies designers and market people. Now saying this dont be confused i am not saying it's the best BB on the planet but it has to be the best budget mobile of the year. It does, what people who own it, wants to accomplish.

Excellent mobile for the price sold out everywhere almost-something got be working.

This is coming from a nokia lover !!!

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  • 2009-12-31 21:26
  • j09Z

> In reply to AmitK @ 2009-12-23 08:31 from Mf5s - click to readI am glad that GSMArena reviewed this phone late. If I had read their review, I may not have brought it!

The 8520 is a great little phone, and to all those choosing between the Nokia and BB, just Google "No Gateway Reply" if WiFi is important to you.

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  • 2009-12-31 20:22
  • m9}Y

Sorry - but GSM Arena really disappointed me with this review :(

I think the main issue is that you guys don't understand the Blackberry - something I did not expect. The phone gets bashed left, right and centre for things that really aren't of importance to the Blackberry user. Who cares if this phone has no FM radio or the screen is smaller than the Nokia's of HTC. And if you have one, you WILL get the BIS because that's why you're purchasing it in the first place.

Changing to Blackberry means you're changing the way you look at what is important on a phone. I've seen the 8520 in action and it's an amazing piece of hardware that - contrary to what the review says - has SUCCESSFULLY got RIM into a new market segment.

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  • 2009-12-30 22:33
  • fw4}

> In reply to Surabaya, Indonesian @ 2009-12-23 11:57 from wrkr - click to readI think BB 8520 has a good feature-price ratio. On other hand, everybody know that 9700 is better than 8520. In simple word.. you want more, you pay more. It is up to your budget.

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  • 2009-12-30 01:28
  • tDy7

> In reply to rama @ 2009-12-24 04:42 from wr9Y - click to readtrue, a lot of teenager in Indonesia use Blackberry, but the sad thing is they mainly use it only for chatting and accessing Facebook. Or even worse, there are some people that only use it for sms/telephone. Is that tech savvy? I don't think so. Wasting money? Absolutely.

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  • 2009-12-29 05:46
  • uEAi

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