9/10/2008 5:04:00 PM
RIM announces its first-ever BlackBerry Flip phone
RIM has announced the
first ever BlackBerry Flip phone for its latest Pearl device, as the
manufacturer continues to sharpen its focus on the consumer market.
The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220
has a QWERTY keyboard with an internal and external LCD screen. The device’s
main drawback is that it lacks HSDPA, relying on EDGE data speeds to access the
The Flip 8220 appears to be intended as a further foray into the consumer
market for BlackBerry.
Mobile reported last month that the Pearl range has already been
successful in boosting BlackBerry’s consumer market share. RIM said that
consumers bought around 40% of all BlackBerrys sold between March and May this
year, up from 29% in that period the year before.
Availability and price details are yet to be confirmed.