After listening to RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie talk in yesterdays, one of the things he said that kind of stood out to me was that we may start to see plans for voice only without data as more carriers start to offer the BlackBerry Pearl. That’s right, a BlackBerry without the email.

Now, I am on the record for questioning what a BlackBerry without email is really good at, however, this was before we ever heard anything about the BlackBerry Pearl. I may have to reevaluate my position on BlackBerrys as stand alone mobile phones because the Pearl has come a long way to bridge the gap to say the least.

One of the sticky threads over on the BlackBerry section of Howard Forums is about using a BlackBerry without the data plan and seeing how over 14,000 people have viewed it tells me that Jim may be on to something with voice only plans for consumer oriented BlackBerry devices.

What do you think?