XM Radio just let us know that they’re looking to test out their music service on the Suncom network for one week, and as a thanks for your feedback, they’re willing to toss a month of free service your way. There was plenty of negative feedback to the initial launch, so maybe some QA could help improve things. Shoot a line to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re packing a GSM Pearl, Curve or 8800.
Thought we had to wait until February for a North American Wi-Fi Pearl? Looks like we’re going to be pleasantly surprised by Suncom’s blue BlackBerry 8120, up for $219.99 on a two-year contract. These guys cover a pretty limited area (North Carolina, South Carolina, northern Georgia, parts of eastern Tennessee, southwest Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), so if you’re outside of their coverage area, it looks like you’ll have to wait. It’s a safe bet that T-Mobile will be getting the 8120 soon, considering they own Suncom; February 18 remains the rumoured date, but if you can’t wait, maybe it’s time to plan a road trip to the Carolinas.
T-Mobile, on the verge of releasing the BlackBerry 8320, has acquired SunCom for a cool $1.6 billion, thus increasing their customer base by 1.1 million. This should increase T-Mobile’s coverage in the southeastern U.S. after the whole deal is finalized, but will also give T-Mobile some service in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SunCom shareholders will make off with $27 per share as a result of the deal, which ain’t too shabby at all.