Boost Mobile drops BlackBerry Curve 8530 price to $199.99

Yes, for one of the lowest-end BlackBerrys money can buy, $199.99 seems pricey, but there's something important to keep in mind here: Boost is a contract-free brand, and the Curve 8530 is no exception. The Sprint subsidiary has announced today that it's "permanently" dropping the price of the phone from $249.99 down to $199.99, after which you'll pay a continually-shrinking monthly fee for unlimited voice, messaging, and data that starts at $60. Not bad -- of course, you won't get the push-to-talk action that Boost historically has been known for with its iDEN network, but unless you're a construction worker or you're constantly dropping your phone from six feet onto concrete, we'll bet you can survive.