First BlackBerry Flip Phone from T-Mobile

Posted by at 3:58 pm on October 13, 2008

T-Mobile and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone -” the first BlackBerry flip phone -” is now available in the U.S., exclusively from T-Mobile.

The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone retains the popular features of the BlackBerry Pearl; in addition it boasts numerous enhancements in the sleek flip design. The keyboard allows typing and dialing while the flip design helps protect the large, internal screen and provides the ability to end a call by closing the phone. It also includes an external display for previewing calendar reminders, e-mail, text messages and phone calls.

“The flip phone remains the vastly dominant and preferred design for mobile phones in the United States,” said Leslie Grandy, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “Being the first company in the U.S. to offer the unique BlackBerry experience on a flip phone is a huge benefit for T-Mobile customers.”

“The BlackBerry Pearl Flip takes all the advanced features and refined usability that customers have come to expect from BlackBerry smartphones and makes them available in a friendly and innovative design,” said Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing, Research In Motion. “Whether they are sending text messages or e-mail, listening to music or simply making phone calls, customers are going to love using this phone.”

In addition to the new flip design, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip also provides multimedia functionality through video recording and playback, a 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, stereo Bluetooth support, and an accessible external memory card slot.

The Wi-Fi-enabled phone provides connectivity for both voice and data, as well as support for T-Mobile’s Unlimited HotSpot Calling service offering unlimited, nationwide calling over any accessible Wi-Fi connection including T-Mobile HotSpot locations nationwide and great in-home coverage. Whether through a Wi-Fi connection or the T-Mobile network, customers can surf the Web, view pictures, send and receive messages, download documents, and access attachments.


  • 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, built-in flash and video recording (requires microSD card)
  • Advanced media player for pictures, music and video with full-screen video playback
  • Stereo Bluetooth support (A2DP/AVRCP) and 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Media management software included on the BlackBerry Tools CD
  • Enhanced H L browser for high-performance browsing with a more desktop-style depiction
  • Internal QVGA 2.4-inch diagonal screen, 320 x 240 pixels and supporting 65K colors
  • 128 MB of flash memory, 256 MB microSD card included, and support for up to a 16 GB microSD/SDHC card
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi network including support for international roaming
  • Dimensions: 3.9″ x 1.96″ x 0.68″
  • Weight: 3.6 oz

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is now available in T-Mobile retail stores and select authorized dealers, online at or by calling 1-800-T-MOBILE. Available at launch in black, the phone is also planned to be available in red in the coming weeks.

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