T-Mobile USA have apparently chosen to pass on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, choosing instead to wait for another full QWERTY RIM device. According to BerryReview's sources, despite the carrier having great success with the original Pearl 71xx and 81xx handsets, it has chosen to instead hold out for a 3G version of an 85xx or 93xx series Curve device.
You'd think CES 2010 would sate even the most gluttonous of gadget-hounds, but apparently there's still room for a leak or two. Sprint's 2010 device line-up has apparently been leaked, with phoneArena's tipster providing them with details of handsets ranging from an HTC WiMAX candybar (codenamed A9292) through the Palm C40 (a different device from the existing Pre and Pixi) and the BlackBerry Tour 2 9650 (the sequel to the current Tour).
Leaked photos are one thing, but we do enjoy a video of a pre-release device to really see how it fits in the hand. Having seen the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (aka Striker) a little over a week ago, now comes a video of the compact smartphone in action courtesy of Salomondrin. No word on how he acquired the Pearl 9100, but he gives a decent overview of its form-factor and the changes from earlier handsets.
When we pondered out loud last Friday on when we might see the leaked BlackBerry Pearl 9100 (aka Striker) arrive on shelves, little did we know it would be quite so soon. Of course, this isn't an official release from RIM, and stocks are severely limited: someone has supposedly gotten hold of an unlocked, unused Pearl 9100 and has put it up on eBay. What's strange is that the seller doesn't appear to have any photos of the handset itself.
With all the tweaks to their full-QWERTY range, it should come as no surprise that RIM have been planning some modifications to their Pearl line-up of compact BlackBerry handsets. CrackBerry have been sitting on some leaked shots of the upcoming BlackBerry Pearl 9100, internally code-named Striker, which has a reworked SureType keyboard and optical joystick.
The iPhone 3G's seemingly unstoppable dominance at the top of the US smartphone sales chart has come to an end, with the BlackBerry Curve 83xx-series snatching the number one position in Q1 2009. Smartphones make up 23-percent of handset sales; Apple and Palm both saw their smartphone share decline by 10-percent each over the course of the quarter, while RIM's share increased to almost 50-percent.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 was announced on Alltel Wireless today, making this flip smartphone available to a wider audience. While nothing is really different about this phone on this specific carrier, it's still worth noting the device's expanded availability.
In case you've forgotten, the Pearl Flip is a smartphone encased in a clamshell design with a small external display and an internal display with a 240 x 320 resolution. Other features include GPS mapping, a SureType keyboard, a 2-megapixel camera that's capable of video, microSD or microSDHC card support and more.
This phone can play music and offers Bluetooth support. You can get the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 on Alltel for $79.99 with a two-year contract and a $70 rebate. The contract is for the carrier's unlimited plan which costs $70/month.
T-Mobile UK have announced an unusual pre-pay BlackBerry deal, which sees contract-cautious buyers getting a Pearl handset, 12-months unlimited email and internet access, and the option to easily manage call and SMS/MMS messaging bills. For £180 ($262) the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 and year's email support is included.
Beyond that, owners "top up" their BlackBerry with credit in the usual pay-as-you-go (PAYG) fashion, adding money to their account to cover any calls and SMS or MMS messages. T-Mobile are hoping the deal will appeal to those interested in push email but wary of ongoing contract costs.