BlackBerry Pearl coming to T-Mobile USA next week

Summary:The rumors were spot on in predicting this latest device from RIM. T-Mobile may not have the latest and greatest Windows Mobile devices, but they do seem to be the first to get the newest RIM BlackBerry devices. This slim model looks great and I can't wait to try one in person.

The rumored BlackBerry Pearl is no longer a subject of internet rumors as RIM and T-Mobile officially announced the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 that will be available starting on 12 September. The Pearl actually looks like a very attractive device with a thin and sleek form factor, especially for a BlackBerry device. Specs of the Pearl include a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE radio, 64MB flash memory, microSD slot, Bluetooth 2.0 radio, RIM SureType keyboard (similar to the one first released on the 7100 series), 240x260 color display, 1.3 megapixel camera, and more. The Pearl should retail for US$199 with a 2-year contract and it may be the device that gets me to try the BlackBerry platform once and for all. I need to see how the web browser works before I give up my Nokia and Windows Mobile devices though as I heard previous BlackBerry devices lacked in the wireless browsing area.

Topics: BlackBerry


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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