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AT&T Adds Wi-Fi Pearl to Its Lineup

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Mar 13, 2008, 11:49 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Mar 13, 2008, 12:16 PM

Today AT&T announced the BlackBerry Pearl 8120. The 8120 is the latest version of the Pearl, adding 802.11b/g Wi-Fi to its quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity options. In most other respects, it is similar to the Pearl 8130. It has a 2 megapixel camera, 3.5mm headset jack, stereo Bluetooth and external microSD slot. It is available to AT&T customers for $200 with two-year agreement and qualifying voice and data plans.




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Mar 13, 2008, 2:13 PM


One of the ATT data reps was just in my store. We looked over the article and as far as he knew it would be the 8110 that replaces the 8100, not the 8120. The 8120 hasn't been mentioned at all. This doesn't mean it's not possible to get the 8120, but the 8110 will be first and more likely.
Nope 8120 and it's some kind of Navy color. 😳
This is the 8120. I have been field testing this device for ATT since October.

This device is great, the Wifi works great for data.
Woo-Hoo another device released by ATT that's only capable of a fraction of what the manufacturer built in. I was interested when BB announced the phone...not any more.

Mar 15, 2008, 1:23 PM

Now coming to T-Mobile

T-Mobile just announced through an internal source they will be launching the 8120, with UMA for Talk Forever Mobile.

and finally a blackberry that does video recording!

color options will the silver at first, then red, blue, and black will also release.

Mar 14, 2008, 11:07 AM

im confused!

I am extremely confused as to why att got this device before tmo. I am a current blackberry pearl user with tmo and have been waiting for the wifi version like the curve ( love the curve, just want smaller form factor like pearl)

Anyway i dont understand why att brought this device to its lineup, the 8110 will be out shortly which would make much more sense as new choice. Tmo has more reason to carry the wifi version.

I guess my real question is can someone shed any light on this. Att really has no business carrying the wifi version just as tmo has no business carrying the gps version of the new pearl.
You don't think TM will get this phone, sooner or later, since Suncom already has it, and they own Suncom, won't take much to add it to their stable.
There's no UMA feature so there is no Wifi calling. So, I'm not sure why you think ATT has no business carrying it for wifi internet purposes.

I am confused on whether TMobile will carry the 8110 or the 8120 though. I'm still leaning to wards the 8...
I suspect you will start seeing more wifi capable devices from ATT in light of the deal with Starbucks. TMO lost a great deal in the Starbucks deal. Growth is in data, there is not going to be money in things like UMA. It will be a feature that peo...
simple, at&t sells more blackberrys than any other company. RIM likes them.

Mar 14, 2008, 3:34 PM


•EDGE/GPRS/GSM + Wi-Fi BlackBerry in Sapphire Blue Finish
•Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g for additional in-building coverage at work, home
•Ultra-fast data connections for applications (No VoIP support)
•Simultaneous voice (GSM) and data (Wi-Fi)
•Global roaming in 200+ countries for phone, 140+ for email & web
•Thin SureType QWERTY BlackBerry, with trackball navigation and spellchecker
•Industry-leading BlackBerry push Email - BES (corp) and/or BIS (personal)
•2 MP Camera with Video Recorder**
•Side-load MicroSD card – insert and eject without removing the battery door
•AT&T Push To Talk enabled
•Enhanced Browser, Improved SureType, 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack

Mar 14, 2008, 6:03 AM

Nice But How About 3g?

Seems like a nice phone, but isn't it time RIM moved towards 3g/hsdpa on their new phones?

Mar 13, 2008, 1:32 PM

Wi-fi Pearl

I have no cell service at my home. Will the addition of wifi to the Pearl allow me to send/receive calls using my home LAN, or is it for data only?

Either way I'm happy. I was about to pull the trigger on a Pearl with ATT. Now I just need to verify that I can get the wifi version. 🤣
The wifi is just for data access.
The only carrier so far that uses wifi for UMA is T-Mobile with their hotspot@home service.
I have been field testing this since October and in a similiar situation where I have no cell service at my home. The data works on my Wifi and works very well... Voice does not go over Wifi. At least not yet...
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