Telstra holds the distinction of being the first carrier worldwide to offer the BlackBerry Pearl 3G – this coming after we have seen the unboxing, knowing that it has already received FCC approval and having appeared on the Vodafone UK site. Well, the Pearl 3G will target first time smartphone purchasers, since it will feature a slew of specifications that are similar to RIM’s flagship BlackBerry Bold 9700, albeit coming in a much more svelte design, part of which the 20-key condensed QWERTY keyboard plays a role alongside RIM’s SureType software that aims to complete words as they are typed while eliminating errors to save time. It will be exclusive to Telstra for three months after its release. Bear in mind that Telstra is a carrier in Australia, so folks living Stateside will have to wait a while more it seems. You can have the phone for free if you’re Down Under, although you will need to fork out $59 monthly for the next two years as part of the package.
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