Verizon Wireless has released its version of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip. This smartphone — the first from RIM with a clamshell design — offers mobile broadband and a SureType keyboard.
This model launched last fall on T-Mobile USA, but this new version has a number of differences. The previous model has no 3G support, but the Pearl Flip 8230 is a CDMA phone with this carrier’s mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. 0.
Not all the changes are improvements; T-Mobile’s version has Wi-Fi, while Verizon’s will not.
More about the BlackBerry Pearl Flip
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 is a consumer-oriented smartphone that includes the push messaging features people expect from a RIM device, plus the multimedia capabilities that have now become standard in this company’s products.
What sets it apart from other BlackBerrys is its clamshell design. When closed, users are able to preview calendar reminders, email, text messages, and phone calls on a small external screen. Opening the Pearl Flip up exposes the 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) internal screen, trackball, and a SureType keyboard.
Other features include stereo Bluetooth, a GPS receiver, microSDHC card slot, and a 2.0 MPx camera.
Overall, this model is 3.9 inches by 1.9 inches by 0.7 inches when closed, and the weight is approximately 3.6 oz.
Pricing and Availability
Verizon is selling the Pearl Flip 8230 for less than had been previously announced: $80 after a $70 on-line discount with a two-year customer agreement.
It can be ordered now on this carrier’s website.