Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Showing Up in Flyers - Likely Not Available Until October

Rogers Pearl 8220 Flyer
By Kevin Michaluk on 7 Sep 2008 03:55 pm EDT

Rogers is taking a slightly different approach on the advertising of the new BlackBerry Pearl 8220 flip phone (formerly referred to as the KickStart). The 8220 is not even available for sale yet, yet advertising for the new Pearl is already going out in Rogers mailers. I received a bunch of emails this weekend from CrackBerry readers who have come across the advertisment above. This particular snap was taken and sent in by Mark, who was surprised to see the flyer in his local newspaper. The image should be familiar - it's the same flyer we leaked back on August 28th that confirmed the 8220's $149.99/3yr term pricing.

Just because it's in a flyer doesn't mean the Pearl 8220 is available for purchase though. Indeed, calling up your local Rogers dealer right now to ask if they have any BlackBerry flip phones in stock will probably lead to confusion (trust me, I tried). Upon deferring to my Rogers peeps who are in the know, it seems the availability date on the 8220 is still a ways off... try October 4th.

This date jives pretty well with what I've been seeing on the OS side of the equation. I've been delaying my one month 8220 review (it'll be more like a 6.5 week review when it goes up this Tuesday) because every time I go to write it a newer version of 8220's operating system becomes available and I get distracted by it for a few days and then the same thing happens again and again. When I published Part I of the Hands-On BlackBerry KickStart Review the device was still referred to as a 9100 and was running OS4.6.0.59. I've now updated the OS several times, most recently this past week to version I'm hearing the final OS build should be completed in the next few days (once approved you're looking at a couple weeks before it's loaded onto devices and ready for sale). With CTIA starting on Wednesday it would seem a good time/place for RIM to bring official word of the new flip phone (and maybe the Storm/Thunder and Javelin too while they're at it!!), but I wouldn't be shocked to see the official 8220 announcement delayed to the following week.

Now what I want to know.... who's DYING to go out and buy a new 8220?!

Topics: News & Rumors


Fightin Loon

It'll come out before the Bold.

Kevin Michaluk

I guess it's possible we could see the 8220 hit T-Mobile before the time the Bold hits AT&T. Kinda sounds like the timing will be very close. Could be within a few days.

What definitely sounds delayed though is the 8210 - the flip phone with GPS. That's the one that AT&T should be getting (seawolf) and it sounds like that might be a bit delayed...I've heard even into Jan/09. Hopefully sooner, but I guess we'll see.


Any information on why the 8210 might be delayed? I'm on AT&T and have been waiting patiently for a BB flip. I will be crushed if it doesn't come out til 09.....

Kevin Michaluk

unfortunately i haven't heard any specific reasoning as to why... that's just what i've "heard". hopefully it's wrong! would much rather see it in the next month or two.


I am!

It's really killing me, especially since this will be my first phone... I seriously was hoping it would be released some time in the next 2 weeks.

Plus my GF has a laptop and can't wait for me to get that free* wireless router Rogers give you with the Home Calling Zone.


Why would you be excited about a 2g phone.


My BB I use for work already has all the goodies on it (email, internet, etc). For personal use, all I need is a phone made by a company known for their quality for calls, calendar, and text that I can stuff in my pocket. With this phone, I'm all set.


My BB I use for work already has all the goodies on it (email, internet, etc). For personal use, all I need is a phone made by a company known for their quality for calls, calendar, and text that I can stuff in my pocket. With this phone, I'm all set.


ok - so there's another new OS out there? nice...

does anyone know if 4.6.1 will run on a Bold when it's available or if it would have to stick with 4.6 builds...


I have my BOLD, don't need no flip phone! Actually, I DO want the 8220 for a family member, to go with a student plan. So, the sooner the better for him, the later the better for my pocket book ;)


I plan on buying this for my oldest son the day it goes on sale. I am holding out for the Javelin.


The flyer was actually sent accidentally by Rogers. A release date will soon be mentioned by Rogers.

Anonymous 8220 KICKSTART FAN

2008 U.S Release ..

again my same question ...Does anyone know when the U.S Release date will be announce on T.V

Please Crackberry phone ...answer my question please

I hope it will be this month

thank you


I just got the Curve a few weeks ago and I completely love it... As crazy as it sounds, I wanted a flip phone with QWERTY (and not that tiny Alias phone)... The Kickstart will be perfect for me... I think my Curve will definitely keep me tided over until the Kickstart comes to Verizon...


I totally am. I'm due for an upgrade, and I was thrilled to see this in the flyer today. I'm even willing to wait for October. I'm addicted to flips, and this is the nicest I've seen in a while. Hope it lives up to its name........

Infamous Chaos

Are u kidding me its october 4th and im still waiting for this phone to come on rogers.

Does anybody know the exact release date for rogers!?!?!?