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Fido launches the BlackBerry Pearl 8100

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After a few months of speculation, Fido has relaunched BlackBerry service with the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. That’s right, not the BlackBerry 8120 or even the 8110, but the BlackBerry 8100. However, Fido is Rogers’ low-end consumer brand, so there must be some sort of deal involved, correct? Well, the promo image above shows that the Pearl 8100 can be purchased for $25 with a 3 year Fido agreement/data plan. Hmm, three years is a long time, so what about some sort of month to month option? $400 freaking dollars? What about the data plans?

    * $15 – Unlimited personal email and IM
    * $25 – 500MB
    * $30 – 1GB
    * $60 – 3GB

Ok, at least that’s pretty sane. For the youth demographic, though, $15 a month for email and IM (what they want the BlackBerry for anyways) and another $15 for phone service (based upon their cheapest rate) isn’t that bad. But instead of paying $400 or signing a three year contract, swing by the BBCool HQ first: we have a box of old 8100s that we’d be willing to give away, guaranteed (guarantee void in Tennessee).

Fido BlackBerry Pearl Promo

Fido launching BIS BlackBerry service February 4th?

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Good friend Ronen over at BerryReview is reporting that Fido will be launching its much rumored BlackBerry service on February 4th. Apparently Fido will offer only BIS and no BES service, with their first BlackBerry being the BlackBerry Pearl 8100. Here’s the rumored price points:

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 Pricing

    * $400 MTM / No Contract
    * $350 on a 2 Year
    * $25 on a 3 year w/ Voice + Data (no minimum monthly total cost required).

Fido BIS Data Plans

    * $15 – Unlimited Personal Email + IM (BBM, WM, Yahoo, AIM etc…).
    * $25 – 500MB BIS Data
    * $30 – 1GB BIS Data
    * $60 – 3GB BIS Data

Two more important items of note: BlackBerry data will be available to Fido customers without contract and tethering will be allowed. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers and demographic Fido will attract with their offering. I’m thinking university students that want a cheap BlackBerry Pearl but no contract.

Viettel, Alcatel-Lucent and RIM Announce the Launch of the BlackBerry Solution in Vietnam

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PRESS RELEASE

Ha Noi, Viet Nam, Paris, France and Waterloo, Ontario – Viettel, a leading mobile operator in Vietnam, Alcatel-Lucent and Research In Motion today announced the launch of the BlackBerry wireless solution in Vietnam. Using BlackBerry smartphones, Viettel customers will be able to wirelessly send and receive emails, make phone calls, browse the Internet, send text messages and access corporate and lifestyle applications when on the move.

At launch, Viettel will offer its customers the BlackBerry Pearl 8100 and the BlackBerry 8700 and the BlackBerry Curve 8320 smartphones as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server for corporate customers and BlackBerry Internet Service for smaller businesses and individual users.

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Airtel and Reliance launch a bevvy of BlackBerrys in India

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Two different Indian carriers announced new information for a wide variety of BlackBerrys today. In news that will only make the rumored AT&T Bold delay sting more, Airtel has announced the launch of the BlackBerry Bold on their network, priced at Rs. 34,990 and available by the end of September.

In addition, Reliance mobile has introduced the first prepaid BlackBerry service in India today for no less than six different devices. Reliance claims that this announcement will help expand BlackBerry interest to the 200 million prepaid users in India.

Reliance Prepaid BlackBerry Support

* The BlackBerry 8830 World Edition
* The BlackBerry Curve 8330
* The BlackBerry Curve 8300
* The BlackBerry Pearl 8100
* The BlackBerry Pearl 8130
* The BlackBerry 8703e

Read the Ultimate BlackBerry Bold Review (with full device specs)

(via RIM, Ciol)