We’ve just received word that Canada’s Fido Wireless has begun shipping out the first batch of Blackberry Pearl 8100 devices to its retail stores. A number of shops have already received their first packages, well ahead of the anticipated February 4th release date. The actual boxes are an oh-so-pretty baby blue color, similar to the current Bell Blackberry packaging. This is all well and good, but if you’ve been hankering for a Fido branded ‘Berry you’re still gonna have to wait. Their POS system still doesn’t contain any actual Blackberry plans, so reps won’t be able to activate the devices even if you find one friendly enough to give it a shot. Then again, the appeal of the 8100 died roughly 2 years ago, so we can’t imagine too many folks are chomping at the bit for this one. Either way, it’s good to see that the handsets are arriving, as it shows the carrier is taking steps to have more than a couple on hand when the actual launch day comes around. And you all know you’re going to BYOB (Bring Your Own Berry) anyway. Hit the jump for one more shot.

Thanks, Mike!

Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.