Just because you want the latest hotness from Research in Motion doesn’t mean that you have to take out a second mortgage. It has officially been announced that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will be coming to Rogers Wireless (we already knew that) and it will be remarkably cheap. Yes, even cheaper than some of the candybar Pearls on the market.
Many people were expecting this first-ever BlackBerry flip phone to sell within the $10o-$150 price range with a contract, but Rogers Wireless has quite a treat for you. It won’t be free, but the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Flip will be available for just $49.99. That’s pretty cheap, I’d say.
Naturally, that’s not the walk-out-the-door price, because it certainly has some strings attached. First, you’ve gotta sign up for one of those nasty Canadian three-year contracts. Not only that, but the contract must contain a voice and data plan that exceeds the minimum monthly service fee of $35. That’s before the system access fee and any value packs that you add on top. Then again, it doesn’t take much to get over $35 these days, especially if you’re tacking on some data.
As you recall, the flipping Pearl doesn’t exactly have any groundbreaking features aside from its flipping form factor. You get a SureType keyboard, QVGA display, integrated Wi-Fi (supporting Rogers TalkSpot UMA service), 2 megapixel camera, media player, mobile browser, and the standard BlackBerry email support. It’s not quite as hot as the BlackBerry Storm or the BlackBerry Bold, but it’s not nearly as expensive either.
If you’re looking to get into the BlackBerry game for cheap and will settle for nothing but the newest, then the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone from Rogers Wireless just might fit the ticket. I’d personally prefer a real QWERTY keyboard and a larger display, but the sacrifice would be a larger overall phone. In any case, the $50 Pearl Flip officially launches in black starting tomorrow. A pink version will be made available “in the coming weeks.”