New BlackBerry Smartphone Includes FM
Research In Motion introduced the BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone
that includes built-in FM radio.
The feature, says the Ontario-based company,
allows users to listen to local radio stations using headphones. RIM emphasizes
that radio listening does not require a data plan or use data services.
The news comes on the heels of a study conducted for NAB that finds that four out of five adults who own a cellphone
would consider paying a small, one-time fee to hear FM on their device.
Designed to allow both 3G connectivity and long
battery life, customers can get up to seven hours of talk time or up to 30
hours of FM radio listening or music playback with headphones, according to
The new model will be popular with customers
upgrading to their first smartphone, as well as current BlackBerry users
looking for more functionality, predicts RIM EVP, Smartphone Business Carlo
The 9360 and 9380 models, showcased earlier this
year at CES, also feature built-in FM.
The BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with the new
BlackBerry 7.1 OS, which supports features such as mobile hotspot and Wi-Fi
calling where available.
Pricing and availability are to be announced.