Although not yet available from this carrier, Cingular Wireless is now allowing people to pre-order the BlackBerry Pearl, RIM’s latest smartphone.
Currently, the only U.S. carrier offering the Pearl is T-Mobile, but an unverified image that appeared early this month indicated that this smartphone will soon be coming to Cingular.
According to the listing on Cingular’s "premier" web site, this BlackBerry will cost $580, but that price will drop to $180 after various discounts.
However, the premier web site is not available to the general public. It can only be used by employees of companies that have signed a special agreement with Cingular. The prices listed on this site are generally lower than those available to the public.
More About the BlackBerry Pearl
Even though this is a smartphone, not one of RIM’s larger cellular-wireless handhelds, the Pearl still breaks new ground for this company, as it is its first model of any kind with support for playing music and displaying video on its 240-by-260-pixel screen.
This is also the first BlackBerry with a microSD card slot or a 1.3 megapixel camera.
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.
This is a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with support for the 2.5G wireless standard EDGE. It also has Bluetooth 2.0.