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Cracking Open the BlackBerry Curve

BlackBerry Curve – Box

By John Lee

If you're a high-octane business exec (or if you just want people to think that you're one) or if you've ever seen Office Space and thought -- I don't get it, you need a BlackBerry. These indispensable devices have let people stay connected to the Web, the office and their email accounts for years now, and their popularity shows no signs of waning.

BlackBerry's latest model is the BlackBerry Curve 8310. Not only is it a cell phone and an email and text messaging workhorse, it also features a media player, Web browser, integrated GPS and a 2 megapixel camera in an amazingly small and trim package. I tried to get it to clean my bathroom, but to no avail - maybe next year's model will accommodate me.

Let's crack this bad boy open and see what's inside.

Our BlackBerry Curve was purchased from AT&T, who wisely decided to hold on to Cingular's catchy bright orange packaging motif after they acquired them. The photo of the BlackBerry on the front shows that we opted for the most attractive of the four colors offered for the Curve: deep red. Tasty.

19 comments
sideways-8
sideways-8

I had an issue with my charger plug so I followed your AWESOME directions and cracked it open. The charger port dropped off the board. It was toast. While the phone was in pieces on my desk, it occurred to me that perhaps there was an external battery charger I could have looked into before ripping it apart (though my geeky side was happy at the time.) I put it back together - without the charger port. I have successfully made phone calls so I know there is a signal, but I cannot send or receive and SMS/MMS. Help! I am a Blackberry junkie. Any ideas? Thanks, Laurie

antney3
antney3

where did you get the Torque bit small enough to open this thing? I tried a T-6 and its too big

BGwano
BGwano

I had read that SBC/Cingular bought ATT and chose to adopt ATT's branding because it was more nationaly and internationally recognized...

bobcrowson
bobcrowson

Thank you. Ive often wondered what is inside blackerries! I enjoyeyed the photos. Hey! Next let's see how a politician works!

Data Ninja
Data Ninja

One thing you failed to show was how the LCD was connected, electrically. The damage to the LCD was probably caused when you pried it free from the adhesive, bending the LCD.

NeonNero
NeonNero

That's not a regular memory card slot, ya know (the larger card slot on images 19 and 20). Judging by the shape and size of it, that appears to be the SIM card slot (you know, the little smart card that came with your subscription). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIM_card

studio.johnlee
studio.johnlee

I can think of a few politicians that I would like to crack open.

L02B
L02B

Agreed, I've often wondered what was on the inside of those nifty little devices. So thanks for the view.

cupajoe
cupajoe

There is a micro SD slot right beside the SIM slot. Just behind it in the picture.

studio.johnlee
studio.johnlee

Mea Culpa; I misidentified the Sim card slot. The instruction manual(s) did not identify the SIM card slot at all, and the Curve did not come with one, because it was purchased by TechRepublic without a service account (that I know of.) Had there been a SIM card in the packaging, (and had I not still owned the same moldy cell phone I've had for 5 years now), I wouldn't have made such an goof. The gallery has been updated. Thanks to all who caught this mistake.

alainric
alainric

Anyone would expect to find a SIM-card slot, on a device with mobile-phone function, easily accessible as soon as you open it. The SIM-card (Subscriber Identification Module) must be inserted prior to placing and receiving calls as it is required for the network to identify you and know your unique phone number.

DigitalFrog
DigitalFrog

but maybe we can fiugre out the design flaw. Personally, I think the hardware is OK, I believe the problem is software corruption and the fact they they are too easy to hack into and take control of.

bfpower
bfpower

Regardless of whether there is a SIM card, there is definitely a Micro SD slot in that picture. Not to mention if you Google it, you will find that BB Curves do indeed have a uSD slot, as does my World Edition.

lemiel
lemiel

SIM Schmim, John. Thank you for the article and the photos. Having to deal with hardware and so much of the "innards" of the electronic wonders of today in my business, I'm grateful for your efforts. LeMiel

DigitalFrog
DigitalFrog

he didn't take the time for the test drive before cracking it open. The SIM card is usually in a pouch or envelope along with the "lawyer" stuff that he skipped.

DigitalFrog
DigitalFrog

on the amount of resources they squander with empty cycles.

bfpower
bfpower

Yeah, sounds like progressive corruption without a reboot. I don't think their OS comes with fdisk, though. Be careful, all their system programs run with the /arrogant switch turned on by default, and there is a built in /blackmail switch for users who attempt to access their hidden files.