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Blackberry Pearl To Launch on T-Mobile Sept. 12

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Sep 7, 2006, 12:18 AM   by (staff)

RIM today officially announced the Blackberry Pearl - the first multimedia capable Blackberry, as well as the smallest device in their lineup. The Pearl is a quad-band GSM / EDGE handset with RIM's hybrid SureType keypad that measures 4.2" x 1.97" x .57". The Pearl is the first Blackberry to drop the scroll wheel in favor of a trackball. It features a 1.3 Megapixel camera with flash, Bluetooth, 64 MB memory and a Micro SD slot. In addition to the email support, HTML browser and IM clients common to Blackberries on T-Mobile, the Pearl has a media player capable of playing MP3, AAC, MPEG4 and H.263 (3GP) files. It also has a new Blackberry Maps application which will adding mapping and location based services to the device. The Pearl will launch on T-Mobile September 12.

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Sep 8, 2006, 12:18 PM

This Blackberry KILLS all others!!!!

Camera? Video? MP3 and Mem card? This CAN'T be a Blackberry! Haha, no, for real, I've held and used this, and I will for sure have one by the 12ths end! I use a SDA, and the BlackBerry seems better slightly in all aspects. Photos look cleaner, MP3s play louder, Bluetooth supports file exchanges, ect, ect...
How is the call quality?? I am thinking of dropping my SE S710 and a Nokia 6682. Does it compare voice wise??

Sep 7, 2006, 12:54 PM

Hows the battery life?!

Does anyone know how the battery life is of this thing? I remember the 7100 wasn't all that when it came to it and also the reception wasn't as good as my RAZR
Very good battery life and reception. Been using this phone for the last4 days and it blows the 7100/7105 away. Camera is very impressive. The voice dialing is easy and best i've seen. Any other questions about it?

Sep 7, 2006, 7:33 AM

Cingular Versions

Don't worry, there are 2 new Cingular Blackberries launching very soon, one almost identical to the pearl, except WITH PTT, and another soon to be announced...
T-Mobile's BB Plan is 19.99 in addition to your voice package.... Cing's is like 44.99 or right around there.... when you have 2 lines that just want push email 40 bucks X 2 a month is CRAZY!

will either of these new cingular blackberries be available before the end of september? my company is asking me to move to cingular by the end of the month and i hope to own the latest and greatest BB.
T-Mobile version is 8100g, while Cingular version is 8100c

Sep 7, 2006, 11:30 AM


I NEED THIS PHONE FOR CINGULAR! Anyone have any info on it. My rep says it is on the "roadmap" for the end of the month or sometime next month. I have the 7130 right now and just miss having a camera and music phone!

Sep 7, 2006, 9:12 AM

Any Price Info??

Aside from all the haters and negativity, does anyone know what the price point on this will be?? I have been heavily weighing waiting for this or going with the MDA, leaning more towards the Pearl mainly for the size.
it is reported to be $199.99 with a 2 year contract as far as retail they could not tell me when i called about it earlier

Sep 7, 2006, 9:50 AM

Hope there's a CDMA version in the works

Just hope it wont be too long. Atleast before the Holidays.

Anyone here with some info?

Sep 7, 2006, 9:41 AM

Told you!!!

You see I told you soo!!!

Sep 7, 2006, 9:14 AM

See Mossberg's review in WSJ


Sep 7, 2006, 5:13 AM

Is there a way to turn off predictive text?

I actually prefer free hand with predictive text turned off. I use alot of slang and jargon in my emails/ text is there a way to turn off predictice text and t9 and just type the words out.

Im new to BB so thats why i have the noob question
you can turn it off and go to tap mode but there are only two letters per key so its easier than a keypad with 3 letters per key. ive been using the pearl since we got it in the store two weeks ago and i love it. whatever detractors the phone may h...

Sep 7, 2006, 12:31 AM


a blackberry with a camra 1.3 is ok but still finally they step up and i wonder if i can get this one for free i dont want to pay 200 for a new one haha
yeah but wheres your 3G t-mob? WHERES IT AT?!?!
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