Fresh out of CTIA we have the announced release of T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi-enabled Pearl on April 15th. Yep, it’ll work with Hotspot @Home, so BlackBerry calls can cruise over your internet connection to save minutes, costing a scant $10/month. T-Mo kicked off the 8820 last week, and the Wi-Fi Curve came out back in the Fall, so they’re rocking the full Wi-Fi BlackBerry lineup now. No word on pricing, but if it’s anything like AT&T’s offering, you can expect it to be around $200 on a two-year contract. Nice way to kick off CTIA, let’s see what else we’ve got in store…
Apparently some folks who switched over to the new BlackBerry 8320 using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager’s Switch Device Wizard couldn’t make calls over Wi-Fi. Hopefully we can expect an updated Desktop Manager from RIM before long to address the issue more permanently, but this might just be an @Home problem. T-Mobile has provided step-by-step instructions on how to fix the issue, shown below.
Our buddy Karl will be getting his hands on T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi enabled BlackBerry 8320 this week, but if you’re looking for some cold, hard numbers before our next podcast, the fine folks at Pinstack have revealed an internal product service guide for your perusal. The comparison chart confirms that the 8320′s Wi-Fi will work with Hotspot @Home, but we’ve got a lot more to say about the subject elsewhere. The battery life seems to be about on par with the BlackBerry 8700, with 4 hours of talk time and 7 hours on standby. For anyone looking to pick one up on T-Mobile, word has it that the device will be available in grey and gold on September 24th.
Karl over at Brokeit has dug up some awfully official looking material regarding the upcoming BlackBerry 8820′s versus the BlackBerry 8100, BlackBerry 8800 and BlackBerry 8700. There’s not much in the way of new information, but gives the broad strokes of the 8320′s features. Karl also confirms that T-Mobile’s Hotspot @Home service should work dandy with the 8820′s WiFi, translating to the voice handoff service folks have been wondering about. As for OS 4.2.2, you’ll be getting the expected spell-checker alongside some home screen folder management, new camera effects (such as low-light compensation, sepia, black and white), and two phone updates. For one, address book entries will now pop up when receiving a call, and RIM’s introducing an Alternate Line Service, which lets you put more than one phone number on your SIM. Pretty awesome for those FMC junkies out there.