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BlackBerry Pearl 3G Launched on Telstra in Australia


Posted on May 24th, by Evan Selleck in archive. No Comments

While carriers here in the States continue to dance around the idea of releasing their own variations of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Pearl 3G, carriers around the world don’t seem to have a problem with it at all. This time around, we’ve got Telstra in the down under, and it’s pretty much everything you would assume from the phone we know so well.

As of right now, the phone isn’t available, but it will be tomorrow. Well, maybe it is, considering today is tomorrow over there (we’re only kind of joking about this). In any event, it has all the same features we’ve talked about before: full QWERTY SureType keyboard, 3G capabilities, and it’s the smallest full-featured BlackBerry device from the company based in Waterloo so far.

You also get integrated WiFi b/g/n, GPS, and a 3.2MP camera on the back. You can pick it up for free if you choose the $59 Cap Plan, and a new two-year contract (which puts the minimum cost of the plan at $1,416 as Telstra is so nice to point out). Or, if you’re down for spending pretty much half the cost, you can buy it out-right for $679. Full press release down below.

Press Release:

Telstra and RIM Launch the New BlackBerry Pearl 3G Smartphone in Australia

Sydney, 24 May 2010 – Telstra and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today debuted the new BlackBerry® PearlTM 3G, the smallest BlackBerry® smartphone yet. The compact new smartphone will be available exclusively on Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile network for three months beginning tomorrow.

The stylish and compact BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone provides uncompromising performance and top-of-the-line features including industry-leading BlackBerry® email, messaging and social networking capabilities. By incorporating a 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard and RIM’s SureTypeTM software that can complete words as a user types, the new smartphone makes messaging fast and accurate.

“BlackBerry Pearl smartphones have always been popular in Australia with both consumers and business customers, and we are very excited to deliver the new, enhanced BlackBerry Pearl 3G to the local market. We believe the BlackBerry Pearl 3G will appeal to many customers who want a smartphone that offers both fashion and function,” said Adele Beachley, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, Research In Motion.

“Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity in Australia. It allows customers to upgrade their traditional mobile phone to a full-featured 3G BlackBerry smartphone that supports BlackBerry® Messenger and many other apps, while also providing a design that looks stunning and feels very familiar and comfortable,” added Beachley.

Telstra’s Executive Director, Mobility Products, Ross Fielding said the BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone on the Telstra Next GTM network would help people take their friends with them to more places.

“The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone is a beautifully designed smartphone that’s easy to use, compact, lightweight and stylish. Combined with our new and great value BlackBerry Cap plan, this smartphone makes it easy and affordable for social people to connect, exchange messages quickly, access info as it happens and share favourite moments.”

“Telstra has put together a great plan for consumer users to get them started emailing on the go. For just $59 per month customers can get unlimited push email, unlimited access to Facebook® and Twitter®, and unlimited Internet browsing in Australia on the BlackBerry browser delivered over Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile network. Plus, they can receive up to $400 worth of standard calls and SMS and more to connect and contact anyone, anytime on any Australian network,” Mr Fielding said.

It also makes for the perfect businesses companion providing secure access to email and other business functions in a compact format,” Mr Fielding said.

The new BlackBerry Pearl 3G measures less than 50 mm wide and weighs only 93grams, yet supports high-speed 3G and Wi-Fi® (b/g/n) networks, includes GPS and incorporates a powerhouse processor that drives visually stunning images on the sharp, high-resolution display. It also features an optical trackpad for smooth navigation, dedicated volume and media keys for added convenience, a 3.2 MP camera with flash for quality pictures on the go, and support for up to 32 GB of personal content via a microSD/SDHC memory card.

Availability and Pricing
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone will be available from Telstra on a range of plans including $0 upfront on a BlackBerry $59 Cap Plan for 24 months (the minimum cost over 24 months is $1416). The new cap plan includes up to $400 of standard voice calls, SMS and more to contact anyone, anytime on any Australian network.

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone can also be purchased outright from Telstra for $679.

It is available in royal purple (exclusive to Fone Zone until the end of June) and piano black.

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G will be available to purchase from tomorrow online at www.telstra.com/blackberrypearl, from selected Fone Zone and JB Hi-Fi outlets, or, from three T[life] stores initially:

* T[life] Sydney – 400 George Street Sydney, NSW, 2000.
* T[life] Melbourne – 246 Bourke Street (cnr Swanston & Bourke) Melbourne, VIC, 3000.
* T[life] Perth – 667-669 Hay Street Mall, Perth, WA, 6000.

Telstra stores and dealers across Australia will offer the Pearl 3G smartphone from 1 June.

Telstra Business customers can purchase the BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone for $0 upfront on a $55 per month (or higher) mobile plus plan (the minimum cost over 24 months is $1320). Business customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone for $0 upfront on a $59 per month (or higher) business mobile cap plan (the minimum cost over 24 months is $1416). Both plans include unlimited BlackBerry email and Internet browsing in Australia through the BlackBerry browser.

The productivity-boosting BlackBerry Pearl 3G smartphone will also be available on a range of Telstra Enterprise & Government plans.