It's still strange to think that Research In Motion has a flip phone
with a designated "BlackBerry" logo, but after spending months upon
months on T-Mobile's network, one of these very handsets is finally
shifting over to America's largest cell carrier: Verizon Wireless.
Announced this week, RIM's BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 will soon be
arriving on Verizon shelves, bringing with it 3G support, a silver
casing, two high-resolution color displays (one external, one
internal), a 2.0MP camera (with zoom, flash and video recording),
microSD card slot and a SureType keyboard that's not quite QWERTY, but
close enough for most.
Of course, it will also support BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) and
BlackBerry Enterprise Server, not to mention voice-activated dialing
and speakerphone capability. As social networks expand, RIM is also
touting this phone's ability to hit up MySpace, Flickr and Facebook as
well as IM services such as Yahoo!, AIM, Google Talk and Windows Live
Messenger. Furthermore, BlackBerry Media Sync gives owners the ability
to easily transfer files from their PC to the phone, while Visual Voice
Mail enables an easier look at messages. Finally, VZ Navigator is an
option for those who continually get turned around, though you'll have
to shell out $9.99 per month for the service.
The phone itself is expected to go on sale on June 19th for $129.99
after a $70 mail-in rebate and a new 2-year service contract.