O2 offers BlackBerry Pearl and new BlackBerry tariffs

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If you’re keen to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Pearl handset, which we got hands-on with last night, you’ll probaby be interested to know that O2 has announced availability of the device, along with new BlackBerry tariffs.

The BlackBerry Pearl is Research In Motion’s attempt to court the consumer market with their device, offering BlackBerry functionality in a more stylish smartphone body. It features a media player for MP3 music and MPEG4 video, 1.3MP camera with built-in flash and zoom, Picture CallerID support, the ability to send images via MMS or BlackBerry email, integration with the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software to transfer images to and from their handsets. and storage via the Micro-SD card (to boost the 64MB on-board). If that sounds a bit multimieda for you, there’s still the traditional BlackBerry functionality including wireless push-based email, quad-band phone (with EDGE), SMS, web browsing, intranet access capability, organiser and instant messaging.

O2 has launched two new tarrifs to tempt us to go for the new device from 2nd October. The Pay As You Use tariff is an entry level package for lighter data users – with no monthly subscription for O2 voice customers. You can send and receive emails, browse the web and use Yahoo! Instant Messaging through the BlackBerry for £2.30 (ex VAT) per MB. O2’s unlimited tariff allows for unlimited BlackBerry internet data (which is actually a fair usage of 75MB monthly) including sending and receiving emails from £8.51 (ex VAT) per month depending on your existing O2 contract. The unlimited tariff can also be taken as a stand alone contract without a voice subscription.

Visit the O2 website for further details

Dave Walker