RIM Reveals the Pearl Flip
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