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virgin_media_logoVirgin Media has today announced the addition of the BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone to its range of pay-monthly handsets, with unlimited Internet and email on the go. This is the first time BlackBerry smartphones have been made available to Virgin customers in the UK.

All the available tariffs feature unlimited mobile internet (including access to social networking sites) and unlimited email access to up to 10 supported email accounts including Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Virgin Media.

Virgin Media’s existing 10 million customers will also receive extra unlimited calls to other Virgin Media mobile phones when taking up this offer. Virgin said these calls are in addition to inclusive cross network minutes and are subject to a fair use limit of 3,000 minutes per month, UK use only.

Contracts start at £20 a month for 200 minutes and go up to £35 a month for 800 minutes, for users choosing a two-year contract. Meanwhile, 18-month contracts start at £25 a month for 200 minutes and rise to £40 a month for 800 minutes.

“More and more cell phone users are choosing to upgrade to a smartphone and the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 will undoubtedly convince many more people in the UK to make the switch,” said Carlo Chiarello, vice president of product management at Blackberry-maker Research In Motion

“It is very easy to use and it delivers all the great messaging, social networking and multimedia features that customers have come to love about BlackBerry smartphones.”

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