It certainly took MetroPCS quite a while, but now, they are finally offering a BlackBerry phone in the form of the Curve 8330.

The price of the MetroPCS BlackBerry Curve 8330 is pegged at $449 and will initially be available in Best Buy stores with it slowly rolling out to other retail channels by the end of the month. This is the first BlackBerry phone to be made available on the MetroPCS network, but unfortunately, AWS won’t be supported so don’t go looking for this one to be outed in AWS-powered areas. Of course, you can get the Curve 8330 a whole lot cheaper on Virgin Mobile, but hey, it's MetroPCS' first venture into the BlackBerry market so we'll cut them some slack.

With new telecoms such as MetroPCS now starting to offer BlackBerry phones and RIM's new partnership with U2, things are pretty much looking on the upside for RIM. If this trend continues through out the entire year, then we’re pretty optimistic of RIM’s chances to stretch their lead against Apple, making 2009 a break-out year for the Canadian company.