RIM launches BlackBerry Pearl Flip in Australia

Unveils its first clamshell smartphone in Australia a bid to win over new customers and "extend the BlackBerry platform even further".

RIM's BlackBerry Pearl Flip

RIM's BlackBerry Pearl Flip

Research in Motion (RIM) yesterday launched its first flip handset in Australia, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8820.

The Pearl Flip retains the features of many previous BlackBerrys but has an all-new design. It features the same pearl trackball input method, while a SureType keyboard allows the unit to have a compact frame.

“The introduction of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip phone will help extend the reach of the BlackBerry platform even further”, said RIM's Gregory Wade.

Along with basic phone functions, the Pearl Flip offers e-mail, messaging, organiser and browser applications, and a 2-megapixel camera with flash and zoom. It also offers built in Wi-Fi but omits 3G connectivity.

The Pearl Flip is launching exclusively on Optus and is available for $0 upfront on the consumer BlackBerry $79 plan.

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