BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 Available from Bell for $29.95

By Kevin Michaluk on 27 Feb 2009 10:18 am

Bell Launches BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230

It seems Canadian carrier Bell gets to claim bragging rights as being the first carrier to launch the CDMA version of the Pearl Flip, the 8230. Whereas the 8220 packs WiFi, the 8230 offers GPS instead.

If you've been waiting for this to hit, you have until March 12th to take advantage of the attractive $29.95/3yr contract pricing. Going down to a two-year contract adds over $300 to the tab. Ouch.

More more information and to buy, head on over to Bell's website.

[ via MobileSyrup ]

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Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3922 (articles) 3285 (forum posts)


Can someone explain to me why phones cost considerable more in Canada than in the US? Seriously a 3 year contract to save 270+ bucks!?!?!? Even in Canadian dollars thats like 100 bucks US!!! I kid, I kid. You know I love you Canada.

But seriosly is there a reason for this? Wouldnt someone like VZW or any American based company be able to come in and demolish the market for 3 year contracts and phone pricing? Does Parliment keep that from happening? Whats up in the great white north?

And the TMob tv spot for this phone with the "butt dialing" is great.


I wish I could answer that. I think our rate plans average a bit higher, too, so we can't argue that it balances out (saw some study a couple months ago comparing average monthly costs on cell phones, Canada was second highest I think, US wasn't too far behind). I think that there has to be some kind of government regulation stopping American companies from coming in, letting the competition stay small enough for the costs to stay high. I don't get it either.


Sadly, that won't happen. Not easily at least. The CRTC (Canadian version of the FCC) and the federal government have limitations in place on foreign ownership, so you won't see a US or a foreign brand move right in. They would need to be a minority stakeholder in an essentially Canadian company.

We're shafted with 3 year contracts and terrible pricing because there is a lack of competition (three national carriers) and undoubtedly collusion under the guise of lack of economic scale. We're physically larger than the US, but with the population of California, so there aren't enough potential customers to bring prices down. Or so we're led to believe...


Actually, California's population is larger.


Just looked at the Bell site and the three year plan shows $249. Is there a special link that can be posted to the $30 rate, if there actually is one?


I think they are updating their website...


The Bell site shows the price of 29.95 on their website now.


Protectionism at the the expense of the consumer's wallet basically.


You know what this means!
we are getting it soon!!!


Glad to see the CMDA version of this on a carrier. Now to get it on Telus so I can get my mom one. She saw the 8220 and this is now the only phone she wants to get. I'm actually happy about that, too. Means BBM between us. :)

How long do you think it'll be until this hits Telus?


In Canada there are many barriers to competition. The CRTC effectively limits what carriers can compete. In addition to that there are number of taxes that drive the price of monthly rate plans even higher.

Unfortunately Canada experienced Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien who with there socialist approach caused the standard of living to fall and prices on most goods & services to be much higher than the US. Don't worry Canadians the current messiah in the White House will drive costs in the US much higher. With his recent budget proposal people in the US will know what it means to live in a socialist economy.

I came to the US in 2000 to enjoy a little more economic freedom. Guess what the party is over.... Thank you President Obama


I got mine, early. I swindled them into letting me have one, they say I'm the first person to get one, he didn't even know the price yet, called head office, etc etc. Truth be told, if you throw a fit, they'll let you have it early!