Sprint Launching BlackBerry Pearl 8130 Next Week

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Sprint said today that it is going to introduce the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 at the end of next week. Unlike its predecessor that launched last year, this smartphone includes 3G and a GPS receiver.

Like all models in the Pearl series, this device is smaller than most of RIM’s other products, and it includes a SureType keyboard instead of a full QWERTY one.

BlackBerry Pearl 8130
BlackBerry Pearl 8130
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Unlike the earlier Pearl 8100, though, the new 8130 includes a 2.0 MP camera, an externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot, and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.

In addition, Sprint is including support for some of its services: Sprint Music Store, Sprint TV, and Sprint Navigation.

Naturally, the Pearl offers the features people have become accustomed to from all BlackBerries, including support for RIM’s push email system.

This series of smartphones has a 240-by-260-pixel display. This is not a touchscreen, as the device is primarily controlled through a trackball.

Just 8 Days Away

Sprint will introduce the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 on November 23. It will be available for $200 with a new two-year service contract and after other savings and discounts.

This telcom has also introduced a new option for BlackBerry Internet Services users. This $30 per month plan gives customers unlimited web and data access on Sprint EV-DO network, unlimited text messaging, support and integration for up to 10 IMAP or POP3 email accounts, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, and access to .99 cent downloads via the Sprint Music Store.

Verizon Wireless began offering its version of Pearl 8130 on November 1.

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