The "1-Minute" Review
If you do not leave the Canada or the United States regularly, then the BlackBerry 8830 Curve will be of little interest.
The big claim to fame for the thin, but larger, BlackBerry 8830 is that it can be used throughout Europe. For you stuffy Globetrotters who need the best in phone technology, you’ll appreciate the 2.5 inch, 320 x 240 pixel display and the now iconic full and fully contoured QWERTY keypad.
Quite frankly, the big selling point of this particular BlackBerry is its dual-mode functionality, the ability to switch between CDMA and GSM, an issue relevant only when one travels internationally.
For the rest of you, you’ll find that other BlackBerry phones offer far more in features and functionality, such as the absent camera on this device, and a smaller overall phone footprint. That said, the 8830 comes with BlackBerry maps, media player, organizer, document viewer, voice dial, speakerphone and other mid-range features.
Clearly, this BlackBerry is trying to fill a niche for perhaps military and international travelers, but offering little incentive for the general consumer.
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BlackBerry released the 8830 World Edition on May 27, 2007.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition user manual here.
BlackBerry backs up the 8830 World Edition with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your 8830 World Edition has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact BlackBerry support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find BlackBerry's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.