AT&T has just launched the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 to its business customers. This is an updated version of the very popular Pearl, and is one of the first BlackBerries with Wi-Fi.
The Pearl series is smaller than most of RIM’s other products, and doesn’t include a full QWERTY keyboard. Instead, it uses this company’s SureType system, in which each key handles two letters.
BlackBerry Pearl 8120
Naturally, it offers the features people have become accustomed to from previous BlackBerries, including support for RIM’s push email system.
"No other domestic carrier can match AT&T’s global reach, which links customers’ BlackBerry handsets with their company’s wireless campus network so that users can access email and browse the Web at Wi-Fi hot spots while making voice calls in more than 200 countries," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Business Voice/Data and Wireless Products, AT&T.
Unlike the majority of RIM’s models, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 can connect at high speeds to Wi-Fi 802.11b/g networks, such as public hotspots, corporate wireless local area networks, and home Wi-Fi networks.
However, the 8120 does not support AT&T’s high-speed 3G network. Instead, it uses the 2.5G standard EDGE. One of the main drawbacks of EDGE is that it does not allow for simultaneous voice and data connections.
Unlike RIM’s earliest models, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 offers multimedia capabilities, including a 2-megapixel camera with video recorder, and an audio and video player for the 240 by 260 pixel display.
It even supports AT&T Mobile Music subscription services.
In addition, it has an externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory slot for additional storage of multimedia files.
This smartphone also includes a 3.5-mm stereo headset jack aw well as Bluetooth 2.0 with support for headsets, car kits, stereo headsets, and other wireless accessories.
Pricing and Availability
The new BlackBerry Pearl 8120 from AT&T is available for business customers now for $200, with a two-year contract, unlimited data plan, and $40 a month voice plan.
Consumers who want personal email access and Web browsing can choose the BlackBerry Personal Unlimited data plan for $30 a month with a qualified voice contract. Unlimited corporate email and data access via BlackBerry Enterprise Server are available for $45 a month with a qualified voice plan. Customers who travel overseas can select the BlackBerry International Unlimited data plan for $65 a month with a qualified voice plan.