Well, what do you know? Research in Motion has officially introduced the BlackBerry Pearl 8130, the first CDMA enabled BlackBerry Pearl to the market. The BlackBerry Pearl 8130 is the first CDMA CameraBerry and it it will be available on Sprint and Verizon beginning in November.
“With its unique blend of functionality and design, the BlackBerry Pearl smartphone has been turning heads and winning praise from business users and consumers alike,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Pearl 8130 builds on all the great features and aesthetic design that people love about the BlackBerry Pearl and offers an exceptional new choice for CDMA customers that are looking to upgrade their mobile phone.”
Read the full press release…
That’s nice. But what would be great is when it comes out on TMO……which will be?
uh… GPS but no wi-fi ? what the f..k ?
Sprint is offering redeuced rate 8703e’s to get rid of them before the Pearl hits. I had been trying for the longest to get the 8703 but couldn’t bring myself to pay the 375 ‘discount’ price. But I wanted one so badly i had been all over the net on wirefly and similar sites trying to configure a deal so good that it would offset the cost of the 200 dollar cancelation fee. Needless to say, no such deal exists.
So today, I get a call offering all of their phones cheaply, but being that i am a BB guy (nextel 7100i), I only wanted to know how much for the bb. 89 dollars. I sh*t you not. They should have reduced the price on that phone long ago because it has no camera or multimedia player, or memeory card, but for whatever reason they didn’t. Needless to say, my business partner and I each got one. AND we switched from Nextel to Sprint in the process which is supposed to be an upgrade in terms of coverage and call quality.
But I say all of that to say, I would have been pissed to find out the Pearl is coming out next month, if I didnt hate ‘suretype tricknology’ so much. I need a qwerty keyboard, I will never stray away from it again. Now when the Curve comes out for Sprint, thats when Sprint and I are going to have a problem. A big one.
even though RIM’s Suretype is far from “tricknology” and is by far best of breed technology? Sure suggest giving Suretype a fair shake before doubting it. It’s from RIM you can expect it to be good.
the phone looks awesome…this is my favorite blackberry pearl color.
According to liquidplatinum on HoFo, around the time the new Pearl is released on VZW they will also release their VZNavigator GPS feature for both the 8830 and the new Pearl…
Also, lp confirms the idea of the VZW countdown revealing one device at a time, and then starting a new countdown for the next device…
If Verizon could offer competitive pricing, similar to T-Mobile, then they’d have an increased consumer share of the market. It’s this very reason that I’d pass on this new offering, despite their superior coverage.
Congrats to those VZW customers who have been waiting for the Pearl.
“superior coverage” is nothing but FUD and a advertising slogan which the verizon sheep believe.
Do you agree that there are places where AT@T and T-Mobile don’t get a signal that Verizon does or do you think that if Verizon has coverage, so must AT&T or Verizon.
As I right this, I have no coverage on my iPhone and my girlfriends Sidekick is roaming but I have a 1XEV connection on my work BlackBerry 8830 which is tethered to my laptop and, according to speedtest.net, has a 118K connection.
Am am not suffering from FUD and think Verizon sucks because they don’t get the newest phones but I have to be honest and tell you that their network rocks out in the sticks…
I always use my iPhone though when in the city.
THATS the point Lordan, each service provider has places where they are good and where they are not so good. The verizon sheep repeating verizon’s FUD “its the network” are brain washed, and don’t question FUD with reality.
Give Suretype a fair shake? I’ve had it for over a year now, about how long should I ait before evaluating it? I hate it, and think it sucks. I know thats not everyones opinion, and though it may be best of breed, it isn’t good enough for me, i will never be forced to deal with it again.
I wonder if they fixed the design snafu with respect to the On/Off button. Any pressure against this phone, since it’s a bar phone, will turn it on. The “lock” function only works when the power is on. The handset is not locked “off” when it’s turned off because there is no switch or button that is not prone to inadvertent pressure when it’s in its phone case or a bag or briefcase, or a pocket. This drains the power, not to mention posing the problem of accidentally dialed calls.
The 8130 keyboard doesn’t look any different from that of the 8100, which has all these problems. RIM could fix it just by placing the on/off power button on the top of the phone where the mute button is, or making that the dominant, override switch to the front button.