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BlackBerry Pearl 8100c Phone, Slate Grey (AT&T)

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  • Smallest, Smartest, Most Stylish BlackBerry Ever
  • Powerful On-the-go Email Solution When Used With AT&T BlackBerry Add-on Plan Features
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera and MP3 Music Player Built-in
  • Supports AT&T Push-to-talk Walkie-talkie Services
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  • Brand Name: BlackBerry

Product Description

Product Description

You'll be amazed at the small, sleek form factor of the BlackBerry Pearl. It's like no other BlackBerry. But it's more than just a new look. This BlackBerry delivers everything its predecessors delivered and a whole lot more. The BlackBerry Pearl offers new features never before seen in a BlackBerry like, a 1.3 mega pixel camera, voice recognition, and an MP3 player to name a few. Try it for a few hours and you are hooked!

This major update to the popular 7105 brings the BlackBerry experience to a whole new level. The BlackBerry 8100c Pearl is not only thinner and lighter, it also sports a memory card slot, a music player, and voice dialing. Other features, such as Bluetooth 2.0, EDGE high-speed data, and the popular SureType keypad make this a complete mobile office solution. And of course, legendary BlackBerry push email is fully supported on the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl.

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Like the BlackBerry 7105, the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl is a departure from the form factor of previous BlackBerry devices. This BlackBerry handset is far more phone-like, and RIM's engineers have managed to fit a QWERTY keyboard onto the handset's slim frame. Each button on the keyboard shares two letters and the unit automatically determines which letter is the intended one based on what it predicts you are trying to spell. This unique predictive text technology, known as SureType, makes the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl's handset's diminutive size possible. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your typing speed.

The BlackBerry 8100c Pearl sports a large 240 x 260 screen that supports over 65,000 colors--plenty of real estate to view your e-mails, Web browser content, messaging sessions, and attachments. The venerable BlackBerry trackwheel has been replaced on this model with an innovative four-way trackball placed below the screen. On the rear of the handheld, you'll find a 1.3-megapixel camera and a self portrait mirror. The handheld's microSD memory card slot is located inside the device, behind the battery. There's also a standard 2.5mm headset jack that can be used with the included headset, as well as a mini-USB port for data connectivity.

Calling Features
All the calling capabilities folks have come to expect in a wireless phone are present in the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl. The handset's speakerphone makes it easy to use the device hands-free, or if you prefer, you can use a wireless headset via the BlackBerry 8100c handheld's built-in Bluetooth capability. A vibrating alert, speed dial, and a contacts list/address book (limited only by the unit's 64 MB of internal memory) are also included. Any of the phone's 32 included polyphonic ringtones can be used to create caller-specific ringers, so you can know who's calling without having to look at the handset. The unit comes with built-in ringtones, and more ringtones are available from Cingular's MEdia Net mobile Web service.

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A new feature, speaker independent voice dialing, allows you to call contacts with the sound of your voice. No prior voice training is required; you can just say a contact's name to call them.

Messaging, Internet, and Tools
While the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl is a different kind of BlackBerry device, it still delivers the legendary BlackBerry e-mail experience. With BlackBerry service plans from Cingular, you can receive e-mails instantaneously from up to 10 e-mail accounts (personal and enterprise). With BlackBerry push technology, you don't need to retrieve your e-mail. BlackBerry devices are designed to remain on and continuously connected to the wireless network, allowing you to be discreetly notified as new e-mail arrives. Support is also built-in for viewing e-mail attachments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, WordPerfect, and PDF formats).

If your company has a BlackBerry Enterprise Server installed, you can take advantage of the power of wireless calendar synchronization. Your calendar events are exchanged wirelessly and automatically so that your desktop calendar and BlackBerry handheld calendar are synchronized. All your Outlook meeting requests, changes, and updates are instantaneously synchronized instantaneously with your desktop. Make meeting requests, invite new attendees, and more, all on your BlackBerry 8100c Pearl. Users without BlackBerry Enterprise Server support can manually sync with their desktop calendars and contacts via Bluetooth or USB using the included BlackBerry Desktop Software.

Use the BlackBerry 8100c handset's Web browser to access the Internet from the palm of your hand. Browse Web sites, get up-to-date stock quotes, read the latest news, check weather reports, and more--all at fast speeds, thanks to support for Cingular's EDGE high speed data network. Instant messaging and wireless messaging are also built into the BlackBerry 8100c Pearl. MMS messages can be received and forwarded (Cingular messaging charges apply).

The BlackBerry 8100c Pearl ships with a number of tools, including a calculator, a calendar, an alarm, and a to-do list.

Imaging and Entertainment
The BlackBerry 8100c Pearl really kicks the fun up a notch with the inclusion of a 1.3-megapixel camera that features an LED flash and white balance controls. How about some music? The handheld's music player supports playback of your tunes in MP3, AAC, AAC+, and eAAC+ formats. The handheld is also compatible with Java application and game downloads (available via the MEdia Net service).

Vital Statistics
The BlackBerry 8100c Pearl weighs 3.16 ounces and measures 4.2 by 2.00 by 0.57 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 3.5 hours of digital talk time and up to 360 hours of digital standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies. The phone comes with a one-year limited warranty.

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Technical Details
Item Weight1.4 pounds
Product Dimensions7.3 x 5.5 x 3.1 inches
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #207,424 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds
Date First AvailableNovember 20, 2006
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Ash Aragam on January 12, 2007
I have waited long enough. Being a techie and carrying a $20 (free) phone for over 3 years just didn't seem right. So my change of job prompted me to look for a phone which also has web/email capabilities. I considered strongly the Samsung Blackjack and the Blackberries. The blackjack's look, while cool from a distance, had keys that looked like left-over chicken-pox blisters. The much raved about Blackberry email push technology finally won me over. I had to decide between the pearl and the bigger versions. I read the 8700g and other blackberries are a bit too big for the pocket. So I chose the Pearl. Here's my take:

What I love:


- Form factor: It is beautiful, it is cute and catchy! It turns heads. Enough said.

- Size: Size is one of the strongest points considering all it does. It neatly slips into a shirt pocket or sits well on the belt.

- Keys: Could be a bit small but I could use it pretty easily though my fingers are bordering on 'butterfingers'.

- Trackball: Awesome! Just don't press it too hard while using it. Just 'roll-it'!. It is great while you have to move around the screen from control to control

- Voice-dialing: Has worked for me very well the 10 or so times I have tried in my van on the road and off. You have to first choose the voice dialing option from the list of icons on the main menu. I read you can assign a menu item to a key; this would eliminate some of the fumbling while driving.

- Screen: Not too big and not too small! This will be a key factor in you choosing between a bigger blackberry and this one. I found the size good enough for me. The fonts display the content sharply enough to read easily.
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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By REP on January 23, 2007
A previous user stated that there is a $250 "porting" fee, and in effect, there is. If you order from AMZN, you DO save the phone cost BUT since it comes to you "hot" (that is with a pre-assigned Cingular number), when you go to port and change that number, Cingular will charge AMZN, who in turn, will bill you for $250. "New" to AMZN has what seems to be a very narrow definition, they mean (apparently) "new" to cell phones (unlikely).

3 stars for AMZN not being as forthright as one might hope
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Prasad Chalasani on December 26, 2006
Overall best smartphone I've seen on the market. The others are either too bulky (e.g. Treo) or too wide (other Blackberries, BlackJack, or Motorola Q), or lack the solid Blackberry email service. This one is sure to be a hit. The Pearl's brilliant sure-type keyboard-entry system (with QWERTY layout but 2 letters per key) and "pearl" trackball allows the phone to be small and still enable very fast text entry.

Incidentally Mac owners should look into PocketMac to sync with their Mac's iCal/AddressBook, etc. Gmail can be read using the Gmail mobile app that can be downloaded straight to the Blackberry. Caution: if you already have Cingular, and want to keep your existing Cingular number, you CANNOT get the super-low Amazon discounted price -- you only get the Amazon discounted price if you start a brand new 2-year contract (with new number) with Cingular. So I got my phone at a Cingular store, because I was eligible for a phone upgrade. [...].

Plus points:
1. super-sharp screen, great colors, great resolution.
2. very context-sensitive menus, well thought-out.
3. Sure-type is very easy to learn and surprisingly accurate, and lets you type very fast.
4. Nice-size keys, beat the hell out of Treo's keys.
5. Treos are ugly bricks, this phone is super-stylish and highly pocketable, even in jeans.
6. Rock-solid Blackberry push email service can't be beat.
7. Pearl trackball is amazingly well designed and useful.
8. Cingular/Blackberry unlimited data backage is very good and pretty fast.

Minus points:
1. No wifi , but that's ok because the data service is pretty fast.
2. No video camera, but again I don't really miss that.
3. No touch screen; I don't really miss it because the trackball and context-sensitive menus are so well designed.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A. Wang on January 9, 2007
read the fine print!!!! amazon really tried to pull one over on you with this promotion. it happend to me.

they don't allow you to port your cell phone to this phone without a $250 fee!!! how ridiculous! everyone ports numbers these's such a common practice. this process doesn't hurt anyone - cingular still gets the business and amazon still gets their money. why they don't let you port - and it's hidden in the fine beyond me.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amy Tiemann VINE VOICE on January 4, 2007
The Pearl is my first Blackberry. I comparison-shopped for a smart phone for over a year, considering the Treo and other Blackberry models, but I stuck with my old "dumb phone" until the Blackberry Pearl won me over.

The Blackberry Pearl wins in the realms of form and function. I wasn't willing to carry a huge phone. Any phone I carry has to fit in my back pocket and the Pearl is actually smaller than my old phone.

From a new user's perspective, the Pearl's design is very well-done. The trackball navigation is totally intuitive, and the software is easy to navigate. I could figure out how to do email, IM, and browsing the internet without reading the manual.

The pearl trackball is multifunctional depending on what you are doing, and pressing the trackball most likely does what you need to do next!

I was skeptical about the SureType technology, which puts 2 letters on each key (in QWERTY layout) and guesses what you mean as you type, but it has blown me away. I love it. The best advice I received from the salesman who set up my account was to not look at the words as they are coming out, but just to check the spelling in the end. Halfway through typing a word it may look like a jumble, but then it almost always works itself out. This strategy has worked for me, and 95% of the time the SureType guesses right. (You can press and hold the * key while you are typing to toggle back and forth between SureType and the more traditional "MultiTap" mode. This is useful when entering names or other words not in an English dictionary.)

Camera review: I am not too impressed with the quality of the photos but it's somewhat useful. It won't replace a digital camera but it's better than no camera.
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