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Sprint officially announces BlackBerry Pearl 8130

Yeah, we know that Verizon got this baby out of the gates first, kinda, but it’s still pretty exciting to see Sprint drop a brand new BlackBerry handset. The Pearl 8130 is coming to Sprint complete with a number of exclusive Sprint service, including support fro Sprint TV, Sprint Music Store, Sprint On Demand News and Alerts, and Sprint Navigation. The hardware is functionally identical to the Verizon version, but we’re guessing that the GPS in this thing won’t have the same shackles imposed by The Network, hopefully allowing for more 3rd party navigation app support. Sprint stated that the handset will be available “next month” with pricing to be announced upon commercial release. Hit the link for the full press release. Welcome to the party, Sprint.

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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.