BlackBerry Pearl 9100 and BlackBerry Curve 9300 now available on AT&T

By on October 18, 2010 at 11:41 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 9100 and BlackBerry Curve 9300 now available on AT&T

Friendly reminder, folks… RIM’s latest candybar device and lower cost QWERTY 3G handset are now available for purchase from your friendly AT&T store. If you need a refresh on the products, here we go:

BlackBerry Pearl 9100

  • SureType keyboard
  • 3G
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 1150mAh battery
  • $149 with 2 year agreement

BlackBerry Curve 9300

  • QWERTY keyboard
  • 3G
  • Wi-Fi b,g,n
  • GPS
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • $99 with 2 year agreement

If you’re in the market for a BlackBerry handset from AT&T which one are you going to go for? Or do you think you’ll hold out for the BlackBerry Bold 9780? More →

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AT&T to offer BlackBerry Curve 3G, Pearl 3G before holidays

By on September 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM.

AT&T to offer BlackBerry Curve 3G, Pearl 3G before holidays

Today, AT&T announced that they will begin selling the BlackBerry Curve 3G and BlackBerry Pearl 3G in time for the holiday buying season. The Curve 3G (9300) will be available on an unspecified date — before December 25 — and will retail for $99.99 with a new 2-year contract (no mail in rebate required). The Pearl 3G (9100) will be available starting October 17 in stores and online and will retail for $149.99 on-contract (again, no rebate required). The devices will add to AT&T’s BlackBerry lineup which also includes the Bold 9700 and Torch 9800. More →

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Wind Mobile launching BlackBerry Pearl 3G today?

By on September 2, 2010 at 9:48 AM.

Wind Mobile launching BlackBerry Pearl 3G today?

We’ve just been sent in some visual confirmation of what we already knew: Wind Mobile will be adding the BlackBerry Pearl 3G to its pre-paid handset lineup. What we didn’t know, and our source was kind enough to tip us off on, is that the handset will be officially announced today. No details on price were provided, but we’re confident the handset will retail for right around $300. There you have it.

UPDATE: The device is now up on Wind Mobile’s website for $300.

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Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 3G hands on!

By on June 11, 2010 at 7:50 AM.

Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 3G hands on!

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In 2006, RIM launched the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. It’s critical reception was mixed, but there’s no denying it helped propel the BlackBerry brand to super stardom. Since then, smartphones have become even more mainstream and many serious competitors have emerged. Yes despite all of the competition and its own success, RIM has remained relatively true to its conservative tradition. Even today, a time when more than half of its customers are consumers, RIM is still sticking with a Java-based OS that has remained relatively unchanged since the Pearl first hit the scene. This year, RIM announced to little fanfare. Can a consumer product from a company that is business-centric at its roots survive in the age of Android and iPhone? Hit the jump to find out as we review the BlackBerry Pearl 3G from Rogers. More →

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Rogers launches the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (Updated)

By on May 26, 2010 at 5:44 PM.

Rogers launches the BlackBerry Pearl 3G (Updated)

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In an internal communique to employees this evening, Rogers announced that it has launched the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Now en route and expected to arrive at dealerships across the country over the next few days, Rogers has priced the Pearl 3G at $49.99 on a 3-year contract with voice and data or $449.99 outright. Anyone planning on picking one up this weekend?

UPDATE: According to another Rogers connect, the device is now showing up in Rogers’ system with a promotional price of $29.99 on contract. Hit the jump for a screenshot. More →

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G with AWS 3G passes the FCC

By on May 25, 2010 at 7:29 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G with AWS 3G passes the FCC

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Although T-Mobile has remained mum on the issue of whether or not it will carry the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, it’s good to sell the phone so far as Uncle Sam is concerned. Both the SureType and T9 siblings have passed, as the AWS 3G variants just received FCC certification. Of course with rumors recently circulating saying that T-Mobile had passed on the Pearl 3G in favor of a cheaper, 3G-capable Curve floating around, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether or not we’ll ever see these hit the shops. More →

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BlackBerry Pearl 3G on the verge of release with Virgin Mobile

By on May 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 3G on the verge of release with Virgin Mobile

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It looks like the Canadian BlackBerry faithful won’t have to wait too much longer to get their hands on the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, as one of our Virgin Mobile connects just sent us in a bunch of pictures of a newly arrived dummy model. We have been told to expected the actual devices to arrive in stores very, very shortly, and that the 3-year price will be $49.99, with the option for a 30-day contract at $349.99. One more pic after the jump.

Thanks, T! More →

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Telus and Rogers announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G availability

By on April 26, 2010 at 2:01 PM.

Telus and Rogers announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G availability

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Following this mornings official announcement of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G, Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers have proclaimed, via press releases, that they will be carrying the Pearl 3G in the coming months. The Telus announcement reads:

Starting in May, this smartphone will be available from TELUS in pink and in black for as little as $29.99 on a three-year plan. For more information about the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone, please visit http://www.blackberry.com/pearl3

The Rogers announcement was a bit more non-committal as far as dates go:

Pricing and availability will be announced in the coming weeks. For additional information about Rogers’ lineup of BlackBerry smartphones, please visit http://www.rogers.com. For more information about the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9100, please visit http://www.blackberry.com/pearl3G

Any folks north of the border planning to pick up one of these hot little — and we do mean little — numbers?

UPDATE: The PR team from Bell Canada just sent us a little note and would like to be included in the Canadian BlackBerry fun: “Bell Mobility will carry the device is May and it will operate on our HSPA network.” More →

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BlackBerry 9650 and BlackBerry 9100 gallery

By on April 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM.

BlackBerry 9650 and BlackBerry 9100 gallery

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RIM just opened up the showroom doors to allowing for a quick meet and greet with the new BlackBerry 9650 and BlackBerry 9100. We brought our trusty SLR and have put together a quick image gallery of the new hardware for your inspection. The link is below…go head, click on over…you know you want to. Oh, and do let us know what you think. More →

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RIM announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G

By on April 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM.

RIM announces the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and Pearl 3G

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So check it out… RIM’s huge BlackBerry hullabaloo, Wireless Enterprise Symposium, or “WES”, officially kicks off tomorrow in sunny Orlando, but that didn’t stop the Waterloo folks from busting out two — count ‘em, two — hot new smartphones prior to all of the festivities. Wanna know what they are? Hit the jump to find out. More →

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BlackBerry Pearl 9100 to go for $79.99 on contract in the Great White North

By on April 23, 2010 at 7:07 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 9100 to go for $79.99 on contract in the Great White North

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It looks like the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 will be more expensive than anticipated when it launches with Bell and Rogers, as a leaked screenshot from a Canadian big box retailer has the phone listed at $79.99 with a 3-year voice and data contract. It was initially believed the it was believed that the 9100 would be priced at $49.99 on contract owing to its $449.99 off-contract price. The Pearl 9100 has yet to be announced by RIM or any of its carrier partners, but Rogers Wireless dealerships have already started receiving display units. TELUS will be picking up the 9100, although at this point its pricing remains a mystery. More →

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Dummies of the white Bold 9700 and Pearl 9100 hitting Rogers shops (Updated)

By on April 22, 2010 at 12:50 PM.

Dummies of the white Bold 9700 and Pearl 9100 hitting Rogers shops (Updated)

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It certainly can not be long now, folks. HowardForums staple and Rogers dealer “Treatz” has taken delivery of dummy models of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in white and Pearl 9100 in red. No word yet on when Rogers (or any other carrier, for that matter) plan on launching the pair, but with WES kicking off in just 5 days — yes, the BGR crew will once again be in attendance — we’re dead confident that we’ll be able to nail down a release date. But for now we’re keen on knowing what you guys think of the two. The general consensus here at BGR is that white 9700 is hot as hell. The red 9100? Not so much. Hit the jump for one more pic.

UPDATE: One of our Rogers connects sent us in two additional shots of the BlackBerry 9100. You know where to find ‘em…

Thanks, Treatz! More →

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BlackBerry Pearl 9105 to feature T9 keypad?

By on March 31, 2010 at 12:49 PM.

BlackBerry Pearl 9105 to feature T9 keypad?

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We’re not exactly sure just what’s up with RIM and the next-gen BlackBerry Pearl, but damn it, now we are dying to get to the bottom of this. We thought we knew all there was about the Pearl 9100 after we first saw it, but then came along the rumor of a version that will have a full-fledged QWERTY keypad in lieu of SureType. Today we’re hearing that there will also be a Pearl 9105 with — get this —  a T9 keypad. This information, not confirmed in any way, comes from a recently released OS build for the 9100 which also labeled for and contains files for a model 9105. Although it’s a bit fuzzy how the whole notion of this model having a T9 keypad came about (remember those old RIM patents?), the people behind BBnews.pl seem to be utterly convinced this rumor is entirely true and we’ll all get a glimpse of the T9-packing Pearl 9105 in May or June when it launches in Europe.

Thoughts?

Thanks, Dani! More →

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