AT&T Launches BlackBerry Pearl and Treo 680 in Red Casings

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AT&T (formerly Cingular) has just become to first wireless carrier to offer the BlackBerry Pearl in a red casing. It also also offering the red version of the Treo 680.

This carrier has been offering for some time a black and silver version of the Pearl and a silver version of the Treo 680, so the only real news here is the new colors.

However, some might be interested to know that the red version of the Pearl will be the first wireless phone branded for the new AT&T.

Both the Palm Treo 680 and BlackBerry Pearl are available from AT&T for $200 with a two-year contract and after rebates. That’s the same price these smartphones are selling for in other colors.

More About the BlackBerry Pearl

In addition to being the first RIM model with multimedia capabilities, the Pearl is also the first BlackBerry with a microSD card slot or a 1.3 megapixel camera.

Despite its consumer focus, the Pearl still offers the features business users have become accustomed to from previous BlackBerries, including support for RIM”s push email system.

Like RIM”s 7100 series of smartphones, this device doesn’t include a full QWERTY keyboard. Instead, it uses this company’s SureType system, in which each key handles two letters.

This is a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with support for the 2.5G wireless standard EDGE. It also has Bluetooth 2.0.

More information on the Pearl is available on RIM’s web site.

More About the Treo 680

This smartphone greatly resembles previous Treos, but does not need the unpopular external antenna that those models had to have. It is also thinner that its predecessors.

The 680 runs Palm OS Garnet, and includes 64 MB of user-available storage.

It is a GSM quad-band smartphone with support for GPRS and EDGE. It also includes Bluetooth.

Naturally, this Treo includes a suite of PIM applications — Address Book, Calendar, To-Do list. It is also bundled with a suite of applications that will allow users to view and edit Microsoft Office documents.

An SD slot for additional storage and a 0.3 megapixel camera are also part of this model.

For more information about the Palm Treo 680 visit www.palm.com/Treo680.

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