$50 Pearl Flip!

Lots of tidbits here if you're a Rogers BlackBerry junkie....

BlackBerry Pearl 8220 for $50 - Remember that $50 Pearl Flip rumor? Looks like it's going to pan out, though instead of on T-Mobile it's $50 on Rogers on a 3 yr contract. You can check it out at FutureShop.ca (in-store special only)! The Pearl Flip isn't available on Rogers' website yet nor in Rogers stores, so whether this is Future Shop jumping the gun or there's something else at play here I'm not quite sure. And they have it in Black and Pink. Thanks to MobileSyrup for sending this in. Check it out here >>

Rogers BlackBerry 2009 lineup - BGR got wind of what BlackBerry smartphones are coming to Rogers for 2009, and it's lining up nicely with my logical predictions:

Rogers is coming back into the mix in 2009 with a pretty impressive lineup of BlackBerry handsets. This isn't by all means a definitive list, (read: possibly more devices, etc.) but it should whet your appetite a little bit. Without further ado, as told to us by one of those world-famous RIM ninjas, we have:

  • BlackBerry Curve 8900 in Q1
  • BlackBerry Storm variant in Q2
  • BlackBerry 9220 (Magnum, think BlackBerry Curve 8900 with 3G) in Q3
  • BlackBerry 9900 (Pluto, think Bold with touchscreen) in Q4

Good stuff all around for Rogers, minus the delay on the BlackBerry Curve 8900. The other day I made my prediction it would be pushed back in North America until early 2009 (vs. coming in November as has been expected) and this information confirms that. This also helps clarify the 9220 vs. 9900 confusion. Looks like Stop-N-Go's mid-August predictions of the 9220 that we broke here on CrackBerry.com were SPOT ON.

But at least more reasonable data plans and a $50 flip from Rogers has them looking less and less like Robbers by the minute (if only they would scrap this 3-yr contract stuff). Now that Telus & Bell are making way for supporting GSM, hopefully Rogers will give us less reasons to SMASH in 2009.