The BlackBerry Curve 8xxx series is insanely popular – it was on the top of BrightHand’s bestseller list for many moons. Unfortunately, it is quite outdated nowadays…which makes it the ideal candidate for a prepay device.
Sprint’s prepaid subdivision Virgin Mobile is now said to do just that with the 8530, which is the CDMA edition of the 83xx.
The full report from Mobile Business Briefing goes as follows:
US operator Sprint has reorganised its prepaid mobile offerings to target specific customer segments using four different prepaid brands. The strategy includes a major overhaul at Virgin Mobile USA, the prepaid business it acquired last year. “We brought together the resources and experience of the Boost and Virgin Mobile teams in late 2009,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “Since that time, we have been developing the critical pieces of our multi-brand prepaid strategy. The Virgin Mobile business is to focus on serving customers who use text and data services to power constant connection with their social networks. Rather than per-minute billing, the service will offer unlimited messaging, email, data and web included on all plans starting at US$25 a month. Four Virgin Mobile handsets are available, including unusually for a prepaid service a BlackBerry (the Curve 8530).