Apparently, customers are still flipping out over the flip phone.
Their love of the flip might be the reason that T-Mobile USA and Research In Motion have created the first BlackBerry (News
) flip phone – the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone.
“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 (News
). “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 new flip smartphone maintains the features of the BlackBerry Pearl, while adding new enhancements, such as a spacious keyboard. The sleek new design helps protect the large internal screen and allows the user to end the call by closing the phone.
One of the most popular designs are flip mobile phones, which come in two parts – the main phone that contains the key pad and the lid that reveals the screen, according to an article by PRLog. Advantages of the phone are that it’s small because it folds in half, the screen and keypad are protected from damage, and the protection of the keypad protects you from calling random numbers.
On the new BlackBerry Pearl Flip, an external display allows for previewing calendar reminders, e-mail, text messages and phone calls at a glance. RIM’s mobile e-mail solution, together with support for text messaging, picture messaging, enhanced Web browsing and built in Wi-Fi, makes the phone ideal for balancing a busy lifestyle.
“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, RIM. “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.”
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. Customers can surf the Web, view pictures, send and receive messages, download documents, and access attachments.
Other features are: myFaves support, with one-click access for instant messaging, e-mailing, texting or calling your Fave 5 from the home screen; enhanced SureType keyboard support text messaging, picture messaging, instant messaging, personal e-mail and corporate e-mail; and media management software included on the BlackBerry Tools CD, which allows transfer of music files, including sync of desktop iTunes.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is now available in black and will be in red in the coming weeks. It’s available in T-Mobile retail stores and select authorized dealers, online at www.t-mobile.com or by calling 1-800-T-MOBILE.
Eve Sullivan is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To read more of Eve's articles, please visit her columnist page.