updated 02:30 pm EST, Fri February 27, 2009
Pearl Flip 8230 at Bell
Canadian wireless provider Bell has recently began offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, becoming the first carrier in the world to offer the new handset, which comes with a GPS sensors instead of the 8220's Wi-Fi module and an expected switch to CDMA with EVDO for 3G data. The handset is priced at just $30 (CAD) when buyers opt for a three-year contract that includes a minimum $45 per month voice and data plan. The offer is valid until March 12th. Otherwise, buyers can buy the handset on a two-year term for $350 or one-year for $450. Contract-free, it costs nearly $500.
Other features of the Bell Flip Pearl include a 2-megapixel camera with video-recording functionality, built-in Bluetooth and a media player. Users can connect to Windows Live Messenger via the provider's 3G data network, and have access to HTML e-mail. There is 128MB of built-in memory with expansion through microSDHC cards. Bell's BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 is available in the standard black or pink of the version of the 8220 at Rogers in Canada or T-Mobile in the US.
Verizon is expected to pick up the 8230 later this year.