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BlackBerry Pearl smartphone range debuts in SA

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Research In Motion has added two stylish new models to the range of BlackBerry Pearl smartphones available in South Africa. The new smartphones are the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone, with built-in Global Positioning System (GPS), and the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone, a fully-featured smartphone enabled for WiFi connectivity.

Available in black, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 provides rich multimedia features combined with the powerful communications capabilities users have come to expect from the BlackBerry wireless solution. The built-in GPS and navigation software enable users to find an address and track their location simply and easily as the route is displayed on a map, together with step-by-step directions.
The BlackBerry Pearl 8120 smartphone maintains its ultra-stylish design, measuring only 107mm x 55mm x 14mm and weighing approximately 91g. In addition to quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support, subscribers can also enjoy the BlackBerry Pearl 8120 with faster web browsing and expanded wireless data coverage via WiFi (802.11 b/g) networks.
"BlackBerry Pearl smartphones are designed for people who want business grade functionality in a small and stylish device,” says Charmaine Eggberry, vice-president and MD of RIM EMEA, “The two new smartphones offer customers everything they have come to expect from a BlackBerry smartphone, including email, phone, web browser, text messaging, MMS, Instant Messaging (IM), organiser applications, multimedia capabilities and more.”
Both new BlackBerry Pearl smartphones come equipped with a 2-megapixel camera with 5X digital zoom and enhanced flash. The camera also supports video capture in two resolutions (240×180 or 176×144) for sharing via MMS. The media player now allows users to create and edit playlists right on the handset.
The smartphones provide an exceptional user experience through their trackball navigation system and RIM's popular SureType keyboard system, which allows a narrower handset design while maintaining easy phone dialling and message typing. SureType has been enhanced to allow word completion, easier editing of misspelled words and a built-in spell checker.
The latest BlackBerry Pearl smartphones offer many advanced and convenient phone features including Speaker Independent Voice Recognition (SIVR) for Voice Activated Dialing (VAD), Bluetooth 2.0 support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits and Bluetooth peripherals, dedicated 'send', 'end', and 'mute' keys, smart dialing, speed dialing, conference calling, call forwarding, a low-distortion speakerphone for hands-free conversations and support for polyphonic, mp3 and MIDI ring tones.
The smartphones also include new features that improve phone audio quality including enhanced background noise, wind and echo cancellation for better performance in loud environments such as airports, restaurants or busy downtown streets. An 'enhance call audio' feature also allows the user to boost the phone audio's bass or treble while on a call.