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BlackBerry primes budget (and decidedly retro) 9720 smart phone

The BlackBerry 9720 is targeted at budget-minded consumers in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. North American users need not apply (yet). 


The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone.


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BlackBerry has done plenty to haul itself into the future in recent months: it gave itself a new name, released a new operating system, and debuted a fancy new smart phone called the Z10

But it's also not above taking a few steps back. This week, the Canadian company announced it would introduce a new (but also entirely old-fashioned) smart phone called the BlackBerry 9720, which clearly harkens back to the Curve devices of yore. According to BlackBerry, the 9720 will run the BlackBerry 7 operating system (a few iterations behind the current BB10 OS) and include a QWERTY keypad, an FM radio, and the BBM messaging platform. 


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