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Technical Details

  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 336 hours
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B001JAGY82
  • Item model number: Flip 8220
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,265 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Product Description

T-Mobile BlackBerry 8220 Pearl Flip Red MEDIUM

Enjoy all the communication and connectivity features you've come to expect from a Blackberry phone--including email served up by the BlackBerry Internet Service and a full menu of messaging options (SMS, MMS, and IM)--in a new clamshell form factor. The Blackberry Flip from T-Mobile also brings support for T-Mobile's Hotspot @Home service, which enables you to make calls from the GSM cellular network and then seamlessly transfer them to your Wi-Fi network.

Quickly and accurately type messages thanks to the SureType enhanced predictive text typing technology.
The Blackberry Flip features the SureType hybrid alpha-numeric/QWERTY keyboard found on Blackberry Pearl phones, which makes typing messages and dialing numbers fast and easy. It also includes a 2-megapixel camera with video capture, Bluetooth for handsfree devices and stereo music streaming, microSD memory expansion (up to 16 GB), EDGE data connectivity, voice-activated dialing, and up to 4 hours of talk time.

T-Mobile Service
With T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service, you'll effortlessly transition between Wi-Fi calling and T-Mobile's wireless network while you talk. You can get unlimited nationwide calls over Wi-Fi--at home via your wireless router or at any U.S. T-Mobile HotSpot. You can also use the HotSpot @Home service via most open, or unsecured, wireless routers, as well as any secured wireless router for which you have access to the password from the owner. This phone is compatible with the 802.11b/g Wi-Fi standard as well as with Wi-Fi security protocols including WEP ,WPA and WPA2. Whenever you're not using a Wi-Fi network, this phone works just like a regular mobile phone, using your Whenever Minutes under your T-Mobile voice plan.

Additionally, this mobile phone operates on GSM 850/900/1800/1900 networks and can handle high-speed data connectivity via T-Mobile's EDGE network (which stands for "Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution"). This high-speed, mobile data and Internet access technology is fast enough to support a wide range of advanced data services (with average data speeds between 75-135Kbps), including full picture and video messaging, high-speed color Internet access, and email on the go.

This phone also includes compatibility with T-Mobile's myFaves service, which allows you to call up to five of your most common contacts--on any network, even landlines--without using any of your minutes. Learn more about myFaves from T-Mobile.

Download cool new games, HiFi Ringers (real songs by today's hottest artists), MegaTones (instrumental versions of songs), and wallpapers quickly, as well as stay connected via the Web, instant messaging, and email.

Phone Features
The BlackBerry Flip presents a sophisticated look with a sleek design and a chrome-finished frame surrounding its smooth, luminescent face. Weighing 3.6 ounces, the Flip has two light-sensing LCD screens--an internal 2.3-inch 65K-color screen (240 x 320-pixel resolution) and an external 65K-color screen with a 128 x 160-pixel resolution. The external LCD makes it easy to preview incoming emails, text messages and phone calls without opening the handset. It can also display currently playing music track information, and the screen darkens after a pre-assigned time-out duration. The phone has an internal 128 MB memory, which can be expanded via microSD/microSDHC memory cards up to 16 GB in size.

More than just an email companion, the Blackberry Flip also offers a media player, 2.0-megapixel camera, and Wi-Fi connectivity--compatible with T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home. See larger version.
Opening up the clamshell reveals the Blackberry Flip's unique alpha-numeric keypad, which has been brough over from Blackberry's popular Pearl models. Each button on the keypad 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 Flip's diminutive size possible. SureType also learns the words you use most often, further enhancing your typing speed.

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).

You'll be able to easily access up to 10 supported personal and work email accounts, send and receive text and instant messages, and connect on popular social networking sites with friends, family and co-workers. The DataViz Documents to Go software suite is also preloaded, allowing you to edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the handset. The BlackBerry Flip is supported on BlackBerry Internet Service, BlackBerry Unite!, BlackBerry Professional Software and BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which provides tight integration with corporate email systems.

Surf the Internet with the BlackBerry Browser, which includes a "Page View" option that displays a full web page on the screen along with a magnifying glass that allows the user to quickly and accurately point and zoom in on a specific area of the web page. It also provides quicker access to Bookmarks and History.

This phone provides Bluetooth version 2.0 wireless connectivity, and includes profiles for communication headset, handsfree car kits, audio/video remote control, and sending of vCard calendar and contact info. With the A2DP Bluetooth profile, you can stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones. With Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), you just say the word and the 8120 can initiate a call with anyone in your contact list. Plus, you can use VAD along with the built-in speakerphone or with a Bluetooth headset for hands-free dialing.

With an advanced media player for displaying pictures, listening to music and watching videos, the Flip is the perfect on-the-go entertainment center. Videos play smoothly on the large internal display, playlists can be managed directly on the handset, and there's an equalizer with 11 preset filters. The BlackBerry Flip also works with the new BlackBerry Media Sync application that makes it easy to sync iTunes digital music collections with the smartphone. It's compatible with a wide range of music file formats, including MP3, WMA, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ and AMR-NB as well as MPEG4, WMV, and H.263 video clips.

The external screen displays incoming calls as well as currently playing music tracks and a clock when at rest. See larger version.
The 2-megapixel camera features a 5x digital zoom and flash as well as your choice of three picture sizes and qualities and white balance settings. You can also capture video clips in two formats--normal and small for sending via MMS.

Other features include:

  • Instant messaging via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live, Google Talk, and Blackberry Messenger
  • SMS text and MMS picture/video messaging
  • Support for IMAP/POP3, SMTP email
  • Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
  • Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g)
  • Support for AES or Triple DES encryption when integrated with BlackBerry Enterprise Server
  • Ringtones: polyphonic, MIDI, and MP3
  • USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Downloadable BlackBerry Maps application provides directions and maps while on the road.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with the following profiles: A2DP (stereo music streaming), AVRC (remote control), HFP (hands-free car kits), HSP (communication headsets), DUN (dial-up networking), PBA (transfer contacts)

Vital Statistics
The Blackberry Flip weighs 3.6 ounces and measures 2.0 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches. Its 900 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 4 hours of talk time, and up to 360 hours (15 days) of standby time. It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as Wi-Fi 802.11b/g networks using the T-Mobile HotSpot @Home service.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I called T-Mobile who patched me through to Blackberry support.
M. Robinson
Pros: -Call quality: sound quality while making and receiving calls are good.
I do not use it to browse the web, but I use almost every other application.
J. Drechsel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DT TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2009
I've been using my new Blackberry 8220 flip phone for about a week now. Here are my impressions about this phone... the pros and cons. Keep in mind that this is my first Blackberry phone, so I do not review it in comparison to any other blackberry. Instead, I compare it to other flip phones I've had. My last flip phone was the Motorola KRZR K1. This phone eats it up, and spits it out.


-Call quality: sound quality while making and receiving calls are good. There doesn't seem to be a difference in quality between making a wifi call or network phone call (see wifi)

- Wifi: This phone has a built in wifi receiver. This means that if you have a wifi connection at home (or any unsecured wifi signal) you can browse the web with this phone (for free). The pre-installed t-mobile browser is lame (it doesn't let you browse any website you want unless you sign up for the data plan). Download the free browser "Opera" for this phone, and you can cruise any website you want.

-Wifi calling: When you are connected to a strong wifi signal... you can make calls over the wifi connection, thereby not using up your minutes on your plan... very cool!

-web browsing: Web browsing is as good as it gets on a 240 x 320 resolution screen. Again, I recommend downloading a free copy of the Opera browser. When used with a fast wifi connection, loading time for pages is surprisingly fast.

-Built in mp3 player: The mp3 player works well and sounds good, but the layout/interface could be better. (tip: use button #4,#6 to skip songs instead of using trackball) For example, when the phone is closed... you can only access volume controls. The built in standard 3.5mm headphone jack is fantastic, though! All phones should have this...
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on February 17, 2009
I am a big fan of the BlackBerry. I've never had a problem with the straight design in all of its versions, but when I heard that they'd released a flip version of the Pearl, I knew I had to give it a whirl. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip has a gorgeous design. It has two displays -- an internal and an external -- and both look great. The phone is rather long in dimensions (as opposed to Sprint's LG Lotus, which is thick and short), but it's not as big or as heavy as I thought it would be. When flipped open, it is a little thicker than the Motorola RAZR, but not by much. And it comes in two colors -- black and red. I love the red one.

The Flip, like all other BlackBerrys, has Push e-mail, web browsing, GPS, a media center, and you can download applications to it. It runs with RIM's latest OS, so you get the newest features. The internal display isn't as impressive as the one found in the BlackBerry Bold (AT&T), nor is it as fast and user-friendly, but it's good nevertheless. This is a Pearl, which means you get the short-type keyboard. It works the exact same way as the classic BlackBerry Pearl, so no renovations there. It has a 2-MP camera and a headphone jack. The design is quite sleek and beautiful, and it's very comfortable to hold to your ear while talking on the phone. The trackball is smaller than earlier versions of the BB Pearl, and you may or may not like this change. I for one had no difficulty using it. The web browser is middling in this phone. Definitely not as refined as the one found in the Bold.

The phone itself is great. Business types as well as idle fans will very likely enjoy using this. The one big problem I see with this phone is its carrier. T-Mobile still runs on Edge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patrick E. on February 11, 2010
With T-mobile for several years; decided to stay. Bought the 8220 "not through" T-mobile so I didn't have to extend my contract. Put SIM from my prev. phone in, called T-mobile, added the required data plan; T-mobile was very courteous and quick and helpful.

What I was looking for in a phone:
1 - Good text keyboard for e-mails and texts - ideally qwerty - with buttons big enough for my large thumbs. Normal Blackberry keys are far too small and annoying for me.
2 - Small form factor. Normal Blackberrys and touchscreen smartphones are simply too big for me; I have no interest in "touch", and I don't watch videos, browse the web, or play games on my phone. Nor do I care about thousands of time-wasting "Apps".
3 - POP3/SMTP/IMAP e-mail. I have several of my own personal/business e-mail accounts, and need a phone that can handle them instead of constraining me to the phone company or the "big three" (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo)
4 - Ability to tether to my laptop for internet access where there is no wi-fi
5 - 3.5" headphone jack and decent music storage
6 - Bluetooth stereo
7 - Wi-fi capability
8 - Sync contacts and calendar with Outlook 2007 on my laptop
9 - Voice dialing

Reasons for choosing the 8220:
1 - The SureType works really, really well and the keys are nice and big. A+ for the 8220.
2 - Awesome. Can put it in my pocket without distending my pants, and don't need to lug a large "corporate drone brick" on my belt - yet still get all the Blackberry features.
3 - The 8220 (and all Blackberries, I think) handles up to 10 such e-mail accounts.
4 - T-mobile allows this as part of the regular Blackberry data plan. Verizon requires an addiitonal $30/month just to do this.
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