Etisalat announces plans for Blackberry Torch and Curve 3G

By on October 19, 2010
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Torch 9800 for AED 1,499 with Unlimited Domestic package.

Press release:
Etisalat today launched the new BlackBerry Torch 9800 smartphone and the new BlackBerry Curve 9300 smartphone in the UAE. Etisalat also announced GITEX promotions for BlackBerry customers on a wide range of BlackBerry smartphones.

As per the GITEX offer, Etisalat postpaid customers who sign up for the one year Unlimited Domestic package for AED 185 per month, can select from the following four options:

• BlackBerry Torch 9800, originally priced at AED 2,799 for only AED 1,499
• BlackBerry Curve 9300, originally priced AED 1,699, for only AED 399
• BlackBerry Bold 9700, originally priced at AED 2,299, for only AED 999
• BlackBerry Curve 8520, originally priced at AED 1,199, offered free on the Etisalat Annual Unlimited Domestic plan

Valid till 19th November, and exclusively available at Etisalat outlets, these offers from Etisalat will save its BlackBerry customers up to AED 1,300 on each of the offered BlackBerry smartphones.

Commenting on the launch and GITEX promotion, Abdulla Hashim, Senior Vice President, Business Solutions at Etisalat, said: “This is the right time for our customers to invest in a BlackBerry smartphone, with the attractive prices being offered by Etisalat. The promotional prices of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Curve 9300 make it easy for both existing BlackBerry users to upgrade to a new smartphone and for new BlackBerry users to experience security and convenience that comes from these outstanding devices, coupled with Etisalat’s first-class network and roaming in more than 190 countries with over 600 partners.”

The new BlackBerry Torch features an exciting combination of a large capacitive touch screen and optical trackpad with a backlit slide-out BlackBerry keyboard, designed to feel optimally balanced when opened for typing. It also offers support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks around the world, includes the latest generation in Wi-Fi® (b/g/n) connectivity and built-in GPS for location-based applications and geo-tagging. Its 5 MP camera takes exceptional pictures with continuous auto focus, image stabilization, scene modes and zoom, and it also supports video recording. In addition it comes with a combined 8 GB of media storage out-of-the-box and includes a microSD/SDHD memory card slot that can bring the total storage memory to 36 GB for customers that want more.

The BlackBerry Torch is the first to launch with BlackBerry® 6, a new operating system for BlackBerry smartphones. It features a new and rich WebKit-based browser that renders HTML web pages (as well as HTML email) quickly and beautifully for a great browsing experience. The browser includes tabs for accessing multiple sites simultaneously, pinch to zoom and an auto-wrap text zoom feature that can intelligently wrap text in a column while maintaining the placement of a page’s key elements; (simply double-tap on the BlackBerry Torch).

BlackBerry 6 features a redesigned interface that seamlessly works with the touch screen and trackpad, includes expanded messaging capabilities with intuitive features to simplify the management of social networking and RSS feeds (Social Feeds), and provides integrated access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace™ and various instant messaging applications available on the BlackBerry Torch smartphone. Its enhanced multimedia experience rivals the best in the industry and includes a dedicated YouTube app and Podcasts app. A universal search feature, allows users to search for content on the smartphone, as well as extend the search to the Internet or to discover applications on BlackBerry App World™, which is included and now supports credit card payments.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone features a comfortable full-QWERTY keyboard for fast, accurate typing, optical trackpad for fluid navigation, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as dedicated media keys, so music lovers can easily access their tunes while on the go. The new smartphone also features a camera that can record video and a microSD/SDHC slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards for media storage. Support for 3G networks makes browsing faster, streaming music smoother, and gives users the ability to talk on the phone while they browse the web, instant message with BBM or share their location with friends on popular social networking sites.
The BlackBerry Curve 3G ships with BlackBerry® 5 and is BlackBerry 6 ready.

To learn more about the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and the BlackBerry Curve 9300 smartphones from Etisalat, please visit the Etisalat GITEX stand in Zabeel Hall or


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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