T-Mobile and O2 offer prepay BlackBerry Pearl 3G

UK mobile phone networks T-Mobile and O2 have announced Research In Motion's BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105, on pay as you go deals at £249.99.

The BlackBerry Pearl 3G is their candy bar budget phone, with 14 keys instead of the 20 that accompany the USA version. Also dropped, is the Suretype keypad for a T9 version in the UK model where this is the first Pearl to have 3G access along with the first on 802.11n.

We have also just learned this week version 6 of the BlackBerry OS will be made available to the handset in due course, which is the very same mobile operating system that ships with the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9800.

T-Mobile offering in the pay as you go market comes with 6 months free internet and BlackBerry mail, with unlimited texts if topped up with £10 a month.

O2's offering ships on a bespoke pay as you go BlackBerry tariff, with a 500 text message allowance with free messaging and 500MB data limit for £15 per month.

In the past T-Mobile has sold the previous generation of the Pearl, the 8110, at £180 with free email and internet access for a year - although the deal this time around doesn't appear to be as attractive.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com