BlackBerry Pearl Will Soon Be Available on Vodafone

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Without any hoopla, Vodafone has added a page to its U.K. web site that shows it that it will soon be offering the latest smartphone from RIM, the BlackBerry Pearl.

This model was only recently introduced, and so far T-Mobile USA is  is the only carrier offering it worldwide.

The pre-order cost of this device in the U.K. is 212.77 Pounds (about $240 U.S.).

Despite this announcement, at this point there’s no indication from Vodafone when this model will be available in Europe.

To pre-order a Pearl, visit Vodafone’s web site.

More About the BlackBerry Pearl

Even though this is a smartphone, not one of RIM’s larger cellular-wireless handhelds, it still breaks new ground for this company, as it is its first model of any kind with support for playing music and displaying video.

The Pearl has a 240-by-260-pixel screen for displaying video. It can play MPEG-4 and H.263 video files, as well as MP3 and AAC music files.

Because video and audio files are often large, this is the first BlackBerry with a microSD card slot. It has 64 MB of internal memory, too.

It also includes a 1.3 megapixel camera with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom. Naturally MMS support has been added to this device.

Still a BlackBerry

Despite all the new multimedia features, the Pearl still offers the features people 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.

The Pearl also doesn’t include a touchscreen. Instead, it is controlled with a trackball.

This is a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with support for the 2.5G wireless standard EDGE. It also has Bluetooth 2.0, allowing this smartphone to connect to wireless headsets and stereo headphones.

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