Verizon Intros BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230: $130

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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.
 
 
 
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