As previoulsly announced, the Verizon BlackBerry Pearl Flip was launched today. You can one up for $79.99 after a $70 online rebate after signing up to a 2-year service plan.
Verizon Wireless and Research in Motion today announced that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 will be available on Verizon’s network starting Friday, June 19th. We figured that it wouldn’t be to long before some type of official announcement about the Pearl Flip would be made seeing how pictures of the device taken in Verizon stores started appearing on the web yesterday.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 is the CDMA version of RIM’s first BlackBerry Flip Phone that first appeared on T-Mobile last year. Verizon will charge $129.99 with a 2-year activation plan after a $70 mail-in rebate.
You can read the full press release here..
Crackberry Forums member shotsiekid has posted a few pictures of a dummy BlackBerry Pearl Flip spotted in a Verizon store. Ususally where dummy BlackBerrys lead, real BlackBerrys soon follow. I don’t imagine that it will be too long before these things go on sale…
I can’t say that I’ve ever “Butt Dialed” with any of the non flipping BlackBerrys that I’ve ever owned, however, it is good to know that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip protects against this.
Turkcell and Research in Motion recently announced the launch of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 in Turkey.
Istanbul, Turkey, and Waterloo, Ontario – Turkcell and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM: TSX: RIM) today announced the launch of the BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone for customers in Turkey.
The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone harnesses the power of the BlackBerry platform and packs a wide range of useful features into a sleek flip design. Its spacious keyboard allows easy typing and dialing and the flip design opens to a large, vibrant internal display, and provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will also appreciate the smartphone’s external display for previewing calendar reminders, email, text messages and phone calls at a glance.
Read the full press release here…
As you are probably already aware, quite a few BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, the BlackBerry Bold, the BlackBerry Storm, and the BlackBerry Javelin, have already, or, are about to launch(ed) this fall.
By the end of Q4, Research in Motion will probably have sold quite a few devices. I am guessing more than they ever have in any single quarter to come before it. The big question, however, is which BlackBerry will come out on top?
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If all of the rumors are correct three new BlackBerry devices, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, The BlackBerry Bold, and the BlackBerry Storm, will all come out within about a month of each other. I personally like having choice, however, I wonder if these releases may be a bit too close to each other.
There is no question that RIM’s intention wasn’t to have three back to back to back releases. The BlackBerry Bold was supposed to come back during the summer but RIM and AT&T couldn’t get 3G figured out and there was the little known device, the iPhone 3G, which made its debut back then as well.
I honestly don’t know what RIM’s intentions with the BlackBerry Pearl Flip are. It is the first flip phone BlackBerry and most people that don’t read BlackBerry blogs everyday initial reaction is, “Oh when did that come out”, as they walk passed it to find the BlackBerry Curve in the T-Mobile store.
RIM, Verizon, and Vodafone appear to be throwing serious marketing dollars behind the BlackBerry Storm, RIM’s first touchscreen BlackBerry and it is definitely overshadowing the Flip and the Bold. Since all of these devices, at least for now, are exclusive to a single carrier, RIM’s thought may have been that it doesn’t matter much when we release them. I think, however, RIM forgets that with the exception of Verizon, carrier loyalty really doesn’t mean much.
Research in Motion’s stock price (RIMM) closed down about 10% yesterday on news that, among other things, BlackBerry Pearl Flip sales, thus far, have been tepid at best.
To make a long story short, RIM, in my opinion, botched the release of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip by setting the price about $100 too high. This device shouldn’t cost more than $50 and, to be completely honest, should probably be free with a long term contract.
The fact that this thing will cost you 200 bucks, the same as an iPhone before a $50 mail-in rebate, simply gives it no chance to truly compete. The Pearl Flip isn’t even as compelling as some of the other BlackBerrys out right now that are $50 or cheaper with contracts.
RIM simply has to get better with BlackBerry releases…
If you want to read a good review of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip head over to All Things Digital.
I’ve said many times that I was a fan of the Pearl Flip many times her on RIMarkable, however, I have to admit, that was before I was able to hold one.
I still think that it is a bit large but it is finally starting to grow on me. I guess that I am going to have to go ahead and review it myself.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 has been officially announced an Rogers is planning to throw a party. They actually are throwing 4 BlackBerry Pearl Flip parties over the next month or so.
If u r up to 4 it, can can register for Toronto on September. 23rd, Montreal on September 25th, Vancouver on September 30, or Calgary on October 2nd.
Check it out here…
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