Rogers and TELUS announce BlackBerry Pearl 3G is Coming! Bell expected to follow…

April 26, 2010 | By | Add a Comment

It certaintly didn’t take long for two Canada’s major three to announce the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is coming soon! Both Rogers and TELUS announced its coming soon. While Rogers didn’t give much details, TELUS announced its coming soon, and that they will have the exclusive rights to the pink colored model. TELUS also announced the Pearl 3G will be priced at $29.99 with a three year contract. We haven’t heard from Bell just yet, but we expect they’ll catch up in a few hours. Regardless this is great news for Canadian customers looking to grab the new Pearl 3G. More details will follow soon…

I should also add we expect that the major three will only be launching the 20-key QWERTY Suretype model at this time, and possibly will follow with the 9105 later.

Press Release from Rogers:

– Rogers To Launch New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone

The smallest BlackBerry smartphone yet, combines stylish design with
powerful features

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications Inc. today announced that
the new BlackBerry(R) Pearl(TM) 3G, the smallest BlackBerry smartphone yet,
is coming to Canada's reliable network in the coming weeks.
    The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a smartphone marvel that's as powerful as
it is compact. It measures less than two inches wide (50 mm) and weighs only
3.3 ounces (94g), yet it packs support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA)
networks, Wi-Fi(R) (b/g/n) and GPS with a powerhouse processor that drives
visually stunning images on a sharp, high-resolution display. It features an
optical trackpad for smooth navigation, dedicated volume and media keys, a
3.2 MP camera with flash and support for up 32 GB of personal content.
    "We're excited to welcome the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G to our substantial
portfolio of BlackBerry smartphones on the Rogers network," said John
Boynton, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers
Communications. "As Canada's reliable network, Rogers customers can take full
advantage of the power of the newest BlackBerry Pearl and will now be able to
do even more with their smartphone, keeping them connected to what matters
most, quickly and easily."
    "The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G offers uncompromising performance in a
remarkably small package with the social connectivity features that consumers
want, including easy access to email and social networking sites as well as
popular messaging services, like BlackBerry Messenger. We expect the new
BlackBerry Pearl 3G will appeal to a broad range of mobile consumers,
including many customers who want to upgrade from a traditional phone without
giving up a highly compact and fashionable design," said Carlo Chiarello,
Vice President, Handheld Product Management, Research In Motion.
Key features of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone from Rogers include:


    <<
    -   Gradient red finish, available in Canada only from Rogers
    -   Elegant candybar form factor measuring 4.25" x 1.96" x 0.52" (108mm x
        50 mm x 13.3 mm) and weighing only 3.3 oz (93 grams)
    -   20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard with SureType(R) software that
        completes words as the user types, making texting fast and accurate
    -   624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
    -   360x400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
    -   Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, plus a
        comfortable keyboard for fast typing
    -   Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30
        hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along top of the handset
    -   3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording
    -   Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry(R)
        Maps, as well as photo geotagging
    -   Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) (first BlackBerry smartphone to support 'n')
    -   microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards, with a
        2 GB card included
    -   Premium phone features, including voice activated dialing,
        speakerphone and Bluetooth(R) (2.1) with support for hands-free
        headsets, stereo headsets, car kits including systems that support
        the emerging Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile) standard and
        other Bluetooth accessories
    -   Access to BlackBerry App World(TM), featuring a broad and growing
        catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry
        smartphones
    -   Support for BlackBerry(R) Media Sync for easily syncing photos as
        well as iTunes(R) and Windows Media(R) Player music with the
        smartphone*
    -   BlackBerry(R) OS 5
    -   Support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
    -   Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery that provides approximately
        5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks
    >>

Press Release from TELUS:

TELUS to offer new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone in May

Pink version only available in Canada from TELUS, on the country’s biggest and fastest 3G+ network

Toronto, ON – TELUS will offer its clients the smallest Blackberry smartphone ever starting in May. Running on Canada’s biggest and fastest 3G+ network, the new BlackBerry Pearl™ 3G will be available from TELUS in either black or pink (only at TELUS).

“The BlackBerry Pearl is a favorite amongst Canadian consumers and TELUS is thrilled to bring them the latest addition to this family of smartphones, on our 3G+ network,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. “TELUS offers a comprehensive line-up of state-of-the-art smartphones to meet our customers’ need to stay connected, informed and entertained on the go. The BlackBerry Pearl 3G packs a great deal of power in a very small package, and is definitely a great addition to our device selection.”

“The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G offers uncompromising performance in a remarkably small package,” said Carlo Chiarello, vice-president, Handheld Product Management, Research In Motion. “It offers the social connectivity features that consumers want, including easy access to email and social networking sites as well as popular messaging services like BlackBerry Messenger. We expect the BlackBerry Pearl 3G will appeal to a broad range of mobile consumers who want to upgrade from a traditional phone without giving up a highly compact and fashionable design.”

The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G is a smartphone marvel that’s as powerful as it is compact. It measures less than two inches wide (50 mm) and weighs only 3.3 ounces (94g), yet it packs support for high-speed 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) networks, Wi-Fi (b/g/n) and GPS with a powerhouse processor that drives visual excellence to its sharp-resolution display. It features an optical trackpad for smooth navigation, dedicated volume and media keys, a 3.2 MP camera with flash and support for up to 16 GB of personal content. It also offers the superior email, instant messaging, and social networking experience that BlackBerry smartphone users love.

Key features of the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone from TELUS include:

• Elegant candybar form factor measuring 4.25″ x 1.96″ x 0.52″ (108mm x 50 mm x 13.3 mm) and weighing only 3.3 oz (93 grams)
• 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard with SureType software that completes words as the user types, making texting fast and accurate
• 624 Mhz processor with 256 MB Flash memory
• 360×400 sharp-resolution display (238 ppi)
• Optical trackpad that makes navigation fast and smooth, plus a comfortable keyboard for fast typing
• Media player for videos, pictures and music (music plays up to 30 hours), plus dedicated media keys integrated along the top of the handset
• 3.2 MP camera with zoom, autofocus, flash and video recording*
• Built-in GPS for location-based applications such as BlackBerry Maps, as well as photo geotagging
• Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) (first BlackBerry smartphone to support ‘n’)
• microSD/SDHD memory card slot that supports up to 16 GB cards
• Premium phone features, including voice activated dialing, speakerphone and Bluetooth (2.1) with support for hands-free headsets, stereo headsets, car kits including systems that support the emerging Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile) standard and other Bluetooth accessories
• Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry smartphones
• Support for BlackBerry Media Sync for easily syncing photos as well as iTunes and Windows Media Player music with the smartphone**
• BlackBerry OS 5
• Support for tri-band UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks
• Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAhr battery that provides approximately 5.5 hours of talk time on 3G networks.

TELUS offers a broad range of best-in-class wireless devices on Canada’s biggest and fastest 3G+ network, now including the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Starting in May, this smartphone will be available from TELUS in pink and in black for as little as $29.99 on a three-year plan. For more information about the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone, please visit www.blackberry.com/pearl3G

For more information about TELUS products and services, please visit www.telus.com

* Video recording requires a microSD card, sold separately.
** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies. Photo syncing is currently only available for Windows-based PCs.

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