Cingular to Offer BlackBerry Pearl

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.

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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.

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