Cingular to Offer BlackBerry Pearl

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2006-11-30 Print this article Print

RIM's consumer-oriented version of BlackBerry will be in a limited number of Cingular stores Dec. 1 and generally available Dec. 4.

Cingular Wireless has told eWEEK it will announce the availability of the BlackBerry Pearl Nov. 30. The Pearl, Research In Motions new slim, consumer-oriented version of its popular messaging and organizing device, will be in a limited number of stores Dec. 1. It will be generally available Dec. 4.
For a review of the BlackBerry Pearl, click here.
Previously, the BlackBerry Pearl had been available exclusively from T-Mobile, where it was introduced earlier this year. While the Pearl from Cingular is similar to the T-Mobile version, it will include Cingulars Push to Talk capabilities and GPS navigation. Like its T-Mobile sibling Cingulars Pearl includes a digital camera, multimedia support and a slot for a memory card. Cingulars version is a quad-band device that also supports EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) high-speed communications. The BlackBerry Pearl from Cingular will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract. Data plans for the device range from $29.99 and higher. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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