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Vodafone To Sell Blackberry Pearl 3G Smartphone

Vodafone has confirmed that it will be selling the new Blackberry Pearl 3G smartphone from RIM on pay monthly tariffs only, fairly soon although it failed to give an exact date other than "coming soon".

Those interested can register their interest on Vodafone's website here (opens in new tab) and more details have emerged about the phone which is the first to come without a proper QWERTY keyboard or RIM's proprietary SureType technology.

The Pearl 3G comes with an ARM-based 624Mhz processor, a 360x400 pixels screen with 238PPI display resolution. In addition, it is the first Blackberry smartphone to come with 802.11n WiFi support.

The rest of the configuration is fairly standard. It is stocky but small and weighs only 93grams. It has an optical trackpad which replaces the normal pearl-shaped trackball on many recent Blackberry smartphones.

Its 3.2-megapixel camera comes with Zoom, Autofocus, flash and video recording plus its inbuilt GPS allows for geotagging. It will be bundled with the Blackberry OS 5.0 which will be superseded by version 6.0 fairly soon.

Interestingly, the device will come with RIM's Blackbeery App world which will give users access to hundreds of apps. That compares poorly with the tens of thousands available on Android and the App Store.

The Pearl 3G also targets a younger audience thanks to dedicated multimedia keys as well as an emphasis on social networking buttons. Vodafone hasn't said yet on which contract the phone will be available.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.