BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone preview

BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphoneThe BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone goes on sale tomorrow, exclusive to Telstra for three months.

The Pearl 3G, or to give it its full model name and number, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100, has a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad, dedicated media keys.

BlackBerry Pearl smartphones have always been popular in Australia with both consumers and business customers, and we are very excited to deliver the new, enhanced BlackBerry Pearl 3G to the local market. We believe the BlackBerry Pearl 3G will appeal to many customers who want a smartphone that offers both fashion and function,” said Adele Beachley, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Research In Motion.

Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity in Australia. It allows customers to upgrade their traditional mobile phone to a full-featured 3G BlackBerry smartphone that supports BlackBerry Messenger and many other apps, while also providing a design that looks stunning and feels very familiar and comfortable,” added Beachley.

Price

Telstra have a range of plans available including $0 upfront on a BlackBerry $59 Cap Plan for 24 months. That would be a minimum cost over the period of $1,416). This plan includes up to $400 of standard voice calls, SMS and more.

Telstra Business customers can pick up the BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone for $0 upfront on a $55 per month (or higher) mobile plus plan – a minimum cost over 24 months of $1,320. Or they could take $0 upfront on a $59 per month (or higher) business mobile cap plan, a minimum cost over 24 months of $1,416. The phone is also available on a range of Telstra Enterprise and Government plans

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone can also be purchased outright from Telstra for $679.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone, royal purpleAvailability

Tomorrow the phone is available to purchase from Telstra online, or at Telstra’s [T]Life stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, or from selected Fone Zone and JB Hi-Fi outlets. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone will filter out to all other Telstra stores and dealers from June 1.

The phone is available in black, or, exclusive to Fone Zone until the end of June, in royal purple.

Specifications

  • Tri-band UMTS networks: (800/850)/1900/2100 MHz and 900/1700/2100 MHz
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Battery: 1150 mAHr removable/rechargeable cryptographic Lithium cell
  • Talk time: 5 hours (GSM), 5.5 hours (UMTS)
  • Standby time: 18 days (GSM), 13 days (UMTS)
  • 360×400 pixel colour display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus, flash, 2.5X digital zoom, video recording
  • Memory: 256MB flash memory / 256MB SDRAM, 2 GB media card included; Expandable memory – support for microSD card up to 32GB
  • 3.5mm stereo headset capable
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Built-in GPS
  • M3 rating for hearing aids
  • Video player format support: MPEG4 Simple and Advance Simple Profile, H.263, H.264, WMV3
  • Audio player format support: MP3, AMR-NB, AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WMV, Flac, Ogg Vorbis
  • Weight: 93 grams
  • Dimensions: 108 x 50 x 13.3 mm (H x W x D)

BlackBerry Pearl 3G videos

First up, here’s an unboxing of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G from the good folk over at Crackberry.com – not only do they take you over the main features of the phone, they also compare the size of the Pearl 3G with the BlackBerry 9105 and Blackberry Bold.

The second video on offer is the official BlackBerry Pearl 3G ad. It’s a little light on content – after all, it is an ad – but you get a little bit of a sense of the feature set of the phone.

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