I'm not a "berry" user, however, I know many of you would like to get your hands on a new pearl.. so, here's the skinny on a new offering from T-mobile who are now supporting this slick smartphone. FYI, T-mobile offers up a decent my-faves plan for about $49 a month (1,000 minutes of air time) + Unlimited personal e-mail and web browsing for an extra $19.99/mo. - $29.99 will get you all you can eat data (a good deal!).
features of the BlackBerry Pearl include:
BlackBerry® Internet Service - allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts Popular instant messaging clients: AOL®, Yahoo!® MSN® and ICQ®3 1.3 megapixel camera with 3 zoom levels (up to 5X) and built-in flash Multimedia player with stereo headset jack with support for MP3 and AAC music files, as well as MPEG4 and H.263 video formats High-performance HTML browser for visiting your favorite web sites while on the go4 A newly enhanced version of RIM’s popular SureType™ keyboard technology that makes typing email quick and easy An incredibly intuitive user interface with an easy-to-use trackball, dedicated 'menu' and 'escape' keys, and context-sensitive menus that make navigation feel instinctive and fast Intuitive call management features such as smart dialing, conference calling5, speed dialing, and call forwarding5 First-rate phone features with Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), dedicated 'send', 'end', and 'mute' keys, speakerphone, and Bluetooth® support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals Quad-band GSM/GPRS and EDGE network support for international roaming6 BlackBerry Maps – a new application which adds mapping and location-based services to the BlackBerry Pearl. BlackBerry Maps works together with other BlackBerry applications, enabling the user to send maps via email and launch maps from other applications, including contacts in the user’s address book Support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones3 A large, ultra-bright 240x260 color display that brings images to life An innovative light-sensing technology that automatically optimizes the screen, trackball and keyboard lighting for indoor, outdoor and dark environments 64MB built-in flash memory, expandable via microSD expansion slot BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support – integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino® and Novell® GroupWise® environments and features a new set of IT policy controls for IT departments to manage camera and expanded memory usage The new white BlackBerry Pearl also comes with a complement of white accessories – stereo headset, travel charger and USB cable -- that are included in the box. Additional accessories for BlackBerry handsets, including premium leather holsters and totes, an automotive charger, and Bluetooth® headsets are available online and through T-Mobile retail outlets.