We knew it was on the horizon, but Rogers and RIM today have finally made a joint announcement about the release of the BlackBerry Pearl 8120. Why should Rogers customers care? Well, how about snagging the first BlackBerry in Canada with UMA support allowing users to make unlimited VoIP calls via Roger’s Home Calling Zone. Of course, it will run you an extra $20 a month. Oh yeah, the device is also a steep $250 with a three-year plan. Oh Rogers, how you love to take our money.
You can learn more at: http://www.rogers.com/8120
UPDATE: The Rogers site is saying you can get this titanium beauty for as low as $150 with a mail-in rebate on a three year plan… Still, this over the upcoming BlackBerry Bold, even with UMA? No dice, Ted.
UPDATE to the UPDATE: It’s been pointed out by Aaron in the comments that the 8120’s Wi-Fi will only work for UMA and BIS email, so web browsing is a no go. Also, obsessed reader Mr. Mike reminded us to mention that the UMA 8120 will be the first BlackBerry released with OS 4.5. Thanks guys!
Available in an attractive titanium-coloured finish, the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone from Rogers features:
* An ultra-sleek design measuring 107mm x 50mm x 14mm and weighing approximately 91 grams
* Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) with support for Rogers Home Calling Zone service
* 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom, built-in flash and video recording capability
* Advanced media player perfect for pictures, music and videos, and support for High Speed USB 2.0 for quickly transferring files between a PC and the smartphone
* An externally accessible microSD/SDHC expandable memory slot for additional storage (8GB microSDHC cards are now available)
* Support for downloading music directly from the Rogers MusicStore
* The Rogers Do More portal enabling access to a variety of mobile applications for business and personal use
* Instant messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk and Yahoo!® Messenger
* Support for the Facebook® for BlackBerry® Smartphones application, which enables fast, streamlined and optimized mobile access to the popular Facebook social utility
* DataViz® Documents to Go® allowing users to edit Word and PowerPoint files on the handset
* An enhanced visual interface that makes text and web pages more visually appealing
* Premium phone features including enhanced noise cancellation to offset background noise, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals
* SureType™ keyboard system, including new word completion and spell check features
* BlackBerry® Desktop Manager software, which includes Roxio® Media Manager for BlackBerry®, a powerful media manager application that allows users to easily manage media files on their computer and transfer them to the smartphone
* BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts
* BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments with advanced security and IT controls
The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 from Rogers Wireless also comes with a variety of in-box accessories including stereo headset, travel charger and 1GB microSD memory card.
Rogers Home Calling Zone
With Rogers Home Calling Zone, customers can use the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 to make unlimited voice calls, when in their home calling zone. For $15 per month customers can make unlimited local calls, or for $20 per month customers can make unlimited local and Canada-wide long distance calls. Calls seamlessly transfer between UMA and cellular networks, and calls originating over UMA do not count against a customer’s monthly allotment of voice minutes.