OK, it’s not quite as exciting as the Torch, but it does mark a growing democratisation of smartphone technology, as for the most part, high-end, or even medium-end smartphones, have only been available on lengthy and expensive monthly contracts.
The Pearl 3G is most suitable for the PAYG treatment as it’s the first Blackberry to feature a standard numerical keypad, rather than a normal QWERTY, which we expect would only confuse the great T-Mobile PAYG unwashed. That said, for serious email use it’s a bit of a damp squib, but there you go.
The phone also offers a 3.2 megapixel camera, Facebook and Twitter widgets and will sync with Windows Media Player or iTunes.
“Making the BlackBerry Pearl 3G available to our customers on a pay-as-you-go tariff is part of T-Mobile’s mission to bring more affordable, top end smartphones to the wider market,” said Nicola Shenton, head of device marketing at T-Mobile in a statement. “BlackBerrys are no longer just for business use. More and more of our customers are asking for them, and by offering the handsets on a pay-as-you-go tariff, we’re making it more accessible.”
The phone will cost £249.99 on T-Mobile PAYG, and those who sign on the dotted line will get six months free email and internet (1GB fair usage cap), as long as they do so before 31 August and buy £20 worth of top-up.
Link: T-Mobile UK