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RIM Reveals the Pearl Flip

SAN FRANCISCO -- CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment -- BlackBerry has busted out the initial hot device of the CTIA Fall show: a first-ever flip phone from the company.

On the eve of the opening keynotes, RIM introduced the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 phone. The phone is a T-Mobile US Inc. exclusive in the U.S. So far the carrier hasn't announced a launch date or price details, and RIM is saying only that it will be available "this Fall." Typically, however, the Pearl series debuts at around $200 a handset with contract.

The Pearl Flip features a "sure-type" QWERTY keyboard similar to the original Pearls and a large 240 x 320 color LCD display. It runs on T-Mobile's EDGE network, which will offer peak download speeds in the region of 200 kbit/s.

Unstrung reported on the flip phone, then code-named "Kickstart" in July. The platform is expected to migrate to HSDPA 3G relatively soon. (See RIM's Four Aces.)

In fact, the flip phone has arrived before the long-anticipated Bold 3G phone makes its appearance in the U.S. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is expected to launch the Bold in October.

It is anticipated that RIM will follow up this slew of new gizmos with the "Thunder" touch-screen and "Javelin" low-end model before the end of the year. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:32:36 PM
re: RIM Reveals the Pearl Flip The Pearl Flip was on the RIM booth grabbing a lot of attention. By contrast, the T-Mobile booth was dead, dead, dead.

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