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Blackberry is a line of mobile phones and devices from Canadian company Research in Motion (RIM). These mobile devices are very popular worldwide since its first launch in 1999. Here are the types of blackberry phones that have launched from 1999 to 2011.

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Blackberry Pearl Series

The Pearl is the first ever smart phone developed by RIM with a camera. There are 8 versions of the pearl and the first version was released back in 2006. The pearl is marketed to both business people and regular consumers. The Blackberry Pearl uses a modified QWERTY keyboard and supports the full range of Blackberry’s functionality. The Blackberry Pearl phones have a camera with flash, multimedia player, video recording (select devices), WIFI (select devices), Bluetooth, built-in GPS, Blackberry maps, email, SMS, MMS, and many other functions any consumer will appreciate in a smart phone. It also has a trackball that lights up in white and color when additional software is loaded (only the 8110, 8120, and 8130 pearl models stay white). Here are the types of Pearl phones that have been released between 1999 and 2011:

  • Pearl 8100
  • Pearl 8110
  • Pearl 8120
  • Pearl 8130
  • Pearl 3G 9100
  • Pearl 3G 9105
  • Pearl Flip 8220
  • Pearl Flip 8230

Blackberry Curve Series

RIM has developed 5 types of Curve phones. They are the 8300, 8900, 8500, 9300, and the 9350 phones.

The first to introduce the Curve was the 8300 series launched in 2007. The 8300 series is consumer-oriented just like the Pearl series and has a high-resolution built-in camera with flash. The Curve 8300 series allows the consumer to send and receive work emails from up to 10 email accounts, SMS, MMS, watch video clips, listen to songs, surf the internet, view pictures, play games, and much more. The screen of this phone has a high resolution and shows vivid and vibrant colors clearly.

The Curve 8900 series has only two models which are the 8900 and 8910. The Curve 8900 smart phone was released in 2009 and it’s an upgrade from the 8300 series. The design of this phone is more modern and it has a 3.2 Megapixel camera with flash that zooms, takes pictures and video records. This model also includes WIFI support, built-in GPS, Blackberry maps, media player, mobile streaming, Bluetooth, wireless email, wireless picture messaging, SMS, MMS, and much more. The Blackberry 8900 and 8910 are similar in features and functions.

The Curve 8500 series was released in August of 2009 and it’s a continuation of Research in Motion’s “consumer-oriented” philosophy. The Curve 8500 series consists of the Blackberry 8520 and 8530. It has everything the Pearl and Curve 8300 series has but with additional multimedia features. The 8500 series allows the consumer to surf the internet, download attachments, stream videos, connect to WIFI, Blackberry maps, GPS, and much more. The Curve 8500 series was the first device to have a track pad in replace of a trackball. Many consumers prefer the track pad.

The Curve 9300 series was the first Curve phone to work on 3G GSM networks. It’s an improved model from the earlier series and has a faster processor. The Curve 9300 phone was released in 2010 and has many features. This model allows consumers to text, email, use social networks, Blackberry messenger, download applications from Blackberry app world, multitask, Blackberry maps, GPS, and more. It also has a battery life that will last up to 5.5 hours of talk time for the 9300 and 4.5 hours for the 9330.

The Curve 9350 series was released in September of 2011. The series is consisted of three models which are the Curve 9350, 9360, and 9370. These phones are slimmer, lighter-weight, and stylish in design. It’s really easy to slide into your pocket, it’s an improvement to the 9300 series, and runs Blackberry OS 7. These smart phones are very social minded which includes the new Blackberry messenger, social apps (Facebook, Twitter, social feeds), email, and IM. The Curve 9350 series has a powerful processor and super fast browser that give everything you need to keep up.

Here are the types of Curve phones that have been released between 1999 and 2011:

  • Curve 8300
  • Curve 8310
  • Curve 8320
  • Curve 8330
  • Curve 8350i
  • Curve 8900
  • Curve 8910
  • Curve 8520
  • Curve 8530
  • Curve 9300
  • Curve 9330
  • Curve 9350
  • Curve 9360
  • Curve 9370

Blackberry Bold Models

Blackberry Bold 9780 - Types of Blackberry PhonesCredit: By ViictorMorla (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-3.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThere are six types of Bold phones available. The Bold 9000 was the first phone to be released in 2008. The Bold 9900 and the Bold 9930 were the first touch screen phones in the Bold released in August of 2011. The Bold devices have a more premium QWERTY keyboard in comparison to the Curve series and are made with more premium materials. The Bolds have leather, carbon fiber, metal, and are soft to the touch as opposed to the Curve which are made with plastic and glossy materials. The QWERTY keyboard on the Bold phones are piano-like and the phones overall have the typical Blackberry functions with much better specifications. Here are the types of Bold phones released up until the end of 2011:

  • Bold 9000
  • Bold 9700
  • Bold 9650
  • Bold 9780
  • Bold Touch 9900
  • Bold Touch 9930

Blackberry Storm Series

Blackberry Storm 2 9550 - Types of Blackberry PhonesCredit: By Atomic Taco (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThere are four types of Storm phones in the series. These phones developed by Research in Motion (RIM) are the company’s first touch screen device without a physical QWERTY keyboard. These phones have great business-oriented features and are of great quality. The Storm series has a Megapixel camera with flash and video, Bluetooth, SurePress screen, MP4 player, MP3 player, GPS, Voice Dialing, and much more. The Storm 2 models were also released and have been just as successful. Here are the types of Storm phones released up until 2011:

  • Storm 9500
  • Storm 9530
  • Storm 2 9520
  • Storm 2 9550

Blackberry Torch Series
Blackberry Torch - Types of Blackberry PhonesCredit: By edans / Enrique Dans ( [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThere are four types of Torch phones in the series. The Torch smart phones have a screen that slides up and reveals a physical QWERTY keyboard. The Torch 9800 was released in August of 2010 and although the Torch series look similar to the existing Blackberry models, it is unique as well due to the sliding function. The Torch phones have far greater social network integration and likeable functions. The updated Torch 9810 that was released in August of 2011 has a faster processor, more memory, and includes Blackberry OS 7. Here are the types of Torch phones released up until 2011:

  • Torch 9800
  • Torch 9810
  • Torch 9850
  • Torch 9860

Blackberry Tour Series
Blackberry Tour - Types of Blackberry PhonesCredit: By Andrew Maiman (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or GFDL (], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Tour 9630 was released in July of 2009 by RIM. It is part of the 9600 series and is a very high-end messaging phone. The Blackberry Tour has multimedia features like the Curve series and has global roaming like that of the 8830 World Edition model. The Blackberry Tour 9630 has a 3.2 Megapixel auto-focus camera, full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, Blackberry Maps, GPS, web browsing, email, SMS, MMS, WIFI, media player, video, and much more features.

RIM has also launched the Style 9670, 8820, 8800, and 8830 World Edition phones.

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