Verizon Promises BlackBerry Pearl for Holiday Season

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Earlier this week, Research in Motion took the wraps off a version of the popular BlackBerry Pearl for telcos that use the CDMA standard. Today, Verizon Wireless committed to releasing this device before the end of the year.

The Pearl 8130 will support this carrier’s EV-DO network, making it the first model in this series to offer 3G. It will also be the first in this series with a built-in GPS receiver.

BlackBerry Pearl 8130
BlackBerry Pearl 8130
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Verizon said its version of this smartphone will be silver, and it will include its VZ Navigator service, which offers audible turn-by-turn navigation.

What Verizon didn’t say is exactly when the BlackBerry 8130 will be released. All that it will say is that this product will be out for the "2007 holiday season".

This telco is also unwilling to discuss pricing.

More About the BlackBerry Pearl Series

The BlackBerry 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.

Naturally, it offers the features people have become accustomed to from previous 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.

New in the 8130

The upcoming version of this smartphone will have a 2.0 MP camera, an upgrade from its predecessor, and RIM has improved the LED flash.

This model will support the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP), and come with a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.

Unlike its predecessor, this Pearl will sport an externally accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot for additional storage of music, videos, and pictures. 

It will also offer enhanced background noise, wind, and echo cancellation for better performance in loud environments

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