The smallest BlackBerry to hit the Australian market will be available solely through Telstra.
Research In Motion (RIM) debuted the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G, which will be available exclusively with Telstra for the next three months. The device measures less than 50mm wide and weighs 93g.
Features include BlackBerry email, messaging and social networking capabilities, a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard and RIM’s SureType software that can complete words as a user types.
“Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity in Australia,” RIM managing director, Adele Beachley, said.
The handset supports high-speed 3G and Wi-Fi (b/g/n) networks, includes GPS and incorporates a processor that drives images on a high-resolution display. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G also features an optical trackpad for navigation, dedicated volume and media keys, a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, and support for up to 32GB of personal content via a microSD/SDHC memory card.
Available for $0 upfront on a $59 cap plan per month, customers get unlimited push email, access to Facebook and Twitter, and unlimited Internet browsing in Australia on the BlackBerry browser. Plus, users can receive up to $400 worth of standard calls and SMS.
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone can also be purchased outright from Telstra for $679.