T-Mobile Officially Launches the BlackBerry Pearl Flip!

By Kevin Michaluk on 13 Oct 2008 01:27 am EDT

T-Mobile Pearl Flip 8220 Now Available

* Update: Now Available on T-Mobile's website!! CLICK HERE!

Crossing the wire at 12:01am on October 13th (two days ahead of schedule), T-Mobile has officially announced availability of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Smartphone. You can read the Press Release after the jump.

As I write this (12:07am) the Pearl flip is still listed as Coming Soon at T-Mobile.com (and stores are closed!) but we'll watch for that to change in the hours ahead. Be sure to drop a note in the comments if you notice it pop up.

And if you're looking for more information on the Pearl Flip, you can check out the links below... all of those who had units under embargo are publishing their reviews, so I'll round them up as they come in:

Now what I want to know is.... Who's Buying One???? 


T-Mobile USA Launches First BlackBerry Flip Phone

New BlackBerry Pearl Flip Features Most Popular Mobile Phone Design in U.S.

BELLEVUE, Wash. & WATERLOO, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone - the first BlackBerry flip phone - is now available in the U.S., exclusively from T-Mobile.

The new BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone maintains the popular features and benefits of the BlackBerry Pearl; plus it packs numerous enhancements into the sleek and popular flip design. The spacious keyboard allows easy typing and dialing while the flip design helps protect the large, vibrant internal screen and provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will also appreciate the external display for previewing calendar reminders, e-mail, text messages and phone calls at a glance.

"The flip phone remains the vastly dominant and preferred design for mobile phones in the United States," said Leslie Grandy, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. "Being the first company in the U.S. to offer the unique BlackBerry experience on a flip phone is a huge benefit for T-Mobile customers."

The combination of rich multimedia capabilities and RIM's powerful mobile e-mail solution together with support for text messaging, picture messaging, enhanced Web browsing and built in Wi-Fi makes the BlackBerry Pearl Flip ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle by enabling customers to share pictures, check the latest sports scores or access social networking sites, including Facebook and Flickr.

"The BlackBerry Pearl Flip takes all the advanced features and refined usability that customers have come to expect from BlackBerry smartphones and makes them available in a friendly and innovative design," said Mark Guibert, vice president of corporate marketing, Research In Motion. "Whether they are sending text messages or e-mail, listening to music or simply making phone calls, customers are going to love using this phone."

In addition to the new flip design, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip also provides an advanced multimedia experience through video recording and playback, a 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, stereo Bluetooth® support, and an easily accessible external memory card slot.

The Wi-Fi-enabled phone provides connectivity for both voice and data, as well as support for T-Mobile's Unlimited HotSpot Calling service offering unlimited, nationwide calling over any accessible Wi-Fi connection including T-Mobile® HotSpot locations nationwide and great in-home coverage.* Whether through a Wi-Fi connection or the T-Mobile network, customers can quickly surf the Web, view pictures, send and receive messages, download documents, and access attachments.**

Key features of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip from T-Mobile include the following**:

  • First BlackBerry smartphone to offer popular flip design
  • Wi-Fi-enabled (802.11 b/g) supporting Wi-Fi calling and fast Web browsing
  • Support for Unlimited HotSpot Calling, offering unlimited nationwide calling over accessible Wi-Fi networks
  • T-Mobile's myFaves support to stay in touch with those who matter most, with quick, one-click access for instant messaging, e-mailing, texting or calling to your Fave 5SM from the Home Screen
  • Enhanced SureType keyboard to support text messaging, picture messaging, instant messaging (six popular clients), personal e-mail (access up to 10 supported e-mail accounts), and corporate e-mail
  • 2.0 megapixel camera with digital zoom, built-in flash and video recording (requires microSD card)
  • Advanced media player for pictures, music and video with full-screen video playback
  • Stereo Bluetooth® support (A2DP/AVRCP) and 3.5mm stereo headset jack
  • Media management software included on the BlackBerry Tools CD, which allows transfer of music files including sync of desktop iTunes music files***
  • Enhanced HTML browser for high-performance browsing with a more desktop-style depiction
  • Internal QVGA 2.4-inch diagonal screen, 320 x 240 pixels and supporting 65K colors
  • 128 MB of flash memory, 256 MB microSD card included, and support for up to a 16 GB microSD/SDHC card
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/Wi-Fi network including support for international roaming
  • Dimensions: 3.9" x 1.96" x 0.68"
  • Weight: 3.6 oz

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is now available in T-Mobile retail stores and select authorized dealers, online at http://www.t-mobile.com or by calling 1-800-T-MOBILE. Available at launch in black, the phone is also planned to be available in red in the coming weeks.

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Reader comments

T-Mobile Officially Launches the BlackBerry Pearl Flip!


Right now I can buy the Black One...the red one is still listed as coming soon. In my current area T Mobile doesn't offer coverage but I will be back in coverage area in a few months. I may ditch my AT&T curve and go back to T Mobile for the flip.

It's about time one of the new berries was released to the USA market. It beat the Storm and the Bold...

T-Mobile BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 - Black
2 Megapixel Camera with Video Capture
Real web browsing
BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 - Black details ›compareSuggested retail $349.99
Instant discount -$150.00
Mail-in rebate -$50.00

Bold may never come to T-Mobile. Storm might come next year (wouldn't hold my breath). Javelin, aka Curve II, aka Curve 8900, should be on sale my November sometime. That's what I am waiting for!

Why did the price rumors have to be true? $149.99 is just too much for this on contract. Hopefully it will drop in a few weeks time. Going to go mess with one today to see if my wife might care for it.

Now where is the Javelin!!!

But oddly enough it is not on the "Upgrade Your Phone" section of the web site yet. The 8100, 8120 and 8820 are out there but not the new BB Flip. I suspect that will show up in the coming days. For those who are in mid-contract or nearing the end of their contract having the phone on the Upgrade page is important as it tells them exactly how much changing phones will cost. You can always go directly to the T-Mobile store, but it is nice knowing before hand.

My 8820 is only 6 months old, and I can't see changing to the 8220 just for the sake of changing. If T-Mobile doesn't get the Storm or Bold, then when contract time is up, I may be saying good-bye to T-Mobile.

I want one but I'm searching eBay (for something cheaper than a non-renewal price) so I don't have to renew my contract. I really want the Javelin/89xx/Curve II so I'm saving that one for my contract renewal :)

The $149 price is TOO HIGH!!!

It should have been $99 for current TMO subscribers and
$49 for new contracts.

This phone was suppose to covert the masses with regular flip phones to BB flip phones.

$150 is not too much
At that price point it's actually cheaper than some non-smart phones.
For the first BB flip form factor, 4.6 OS email, web browser 2.0mega pixel camera
less than half MSRP isn't "too much"

I don't know what phones you've been looking at but ANY smart phone these days cost $200 to $250 after discount. This is a perfect price.

Sorry, but you're not going to get a BlackBerry for free...which is what some of you feel like you "deserve".

you may not b=get a bb for free in the states but in canada rogers bell telus and virgin all have their pearls for free (on a 3 year contract)

149.00 IS NOT BAD PRICE But Anyone know if the WI-FI for this Phone is Just as the I-PHONE

Wi-Fi-enabled (802.11 b/g) supporting Wi-Fi : Meaning we can access anywhere have WIFI Spot

Example: at my house . I can access from my Router for FREE right ???

Please help


at lease to upgrade from 8120. the only difference between the 8120 and the 8220 is the os and its a flip. not really worth a extra 200.00 (after tax and upgrade fees) for what some of us already have.

The $149 price is too much considering the BB 8320's were that price in May 08.

Also, you can get a FREE BB from sites such as amazon.com.
Thank you very much!!! :-p

I was at my local Costco here in Kansas City and they had it for sale for 150.00 new contract price at there wireless booth. I cant believe they already had it out and for sale! They opened it up and let me play with it. I like the concept but will stick with my Curve. I like being able to see my phone and text without having to flip it open.

You know you spend too much time looking at bbs when your local salesperson calls you on Saturday to tell you the flip will be released on that next Monday. My wife has now been converted to bb. I am waiting for the Bold, by the way my 10 yr old has asked for my curve when I get the bold. He better keep up on his chores :).

Just got off the phone with Tmobile and it will be here Friday I can't wait hopefully this will be more pocket convient for work. Although I just literally caught the storm commercial and kinda wish I had waited, although they are saying 600$ for that one, I am sticking with one I can afford.

I may try and hold out for the 8900. Any rough guesses as to how long that would be for TMO (days? weeks? months?)? I have a Pearl 8100 that I've had for two years, and historically have preferred flip phones, but the 8900 looks pretty nice and might be worth holding out for if the wait isn't lengthy.