Today, Alltel announced the upcoming release of BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, thus becoming the second US carrier to offer the smartphone – after T-Mobile, which sells its GSM version (Pearl Flip 8220) since 2008.
Of course, Alltel’s Pearl Flip is a CDMA EV-DO device, but, other than that, there aren’t too many differences between it and T-Mo’s handset.
The Pearl Flip 8230 will be available from Alltel starting early May, for as low as $79.99 – with a 2-yr contract agreement and after a $70 mail-in rebate.
It’s a bit weird that Alltel announced the smartphone ahead of Verizon, as rumors about big V’s Flip Pearl have been around since February. Of course, Alltel is now owned by Verizon (although it continues to serve about 2.2 million customers), so it will probably not be long until the big red carrier launches the Flip Pearl 8230 too.
Via Press release
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