BlackBerry announces First flip-phone

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. Wednesday announced a flip version of its wireless handheld device.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, a 3.6-ounce clamshell adaptation of the compact Pearl “smart” phone, will be available from several global carriers this fall, Co-Chief Executive Officer Jim Balsillie said.

A smart phone offers advanced capabilities beyond those of a typical mobile phone, often with PC-like functionality.

No price was given for the new quad-band BlackBerry, but is believed to be priced in the $150 to $200 range, infoSync World Inc. reported.

The phone initially will be available in the United States through T-Mobile USA Inc. in an exclusive deal that will last at least through the end of the year, the Waterloo, Ontario, company said.

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