Alltel Launches Blackberry Pearl Flip 8230 Smartphone

Alltel Wireless announced BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone from Research In Motion (RIM) will be available in retail stores and online at alltel.com beginning in early May. This stylish and compact smartphone puts customers in control of how, when and where they communicate and joins Alltel’s impressive spring line-up of phones that make perfect gifts for moms, dads and recent grads.

The clamshell design of the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone allows users to discreetly screen calls and preview messages on the high-resolution external display or utilize the large internal display to respond to calls or messages, view maps and web pages, and play games. With a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, the internal LCD displays videos and pictures in crisp detail and contrast.

Featuring a large SureType QWERTY keyboard, an intuitive user interface with trackball navigation, built-in GPS with BlackBerry Maps preloaded and support for locations based applications and services and a 2 MP camera able to record video, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone is packed with powerful features, yet sleek enough to slip easily into a purse or pocket. It also features full HTML browsing, a rich media player with the ability to sync music from iTunes or Windows Media Player, an expandable memory card slot (microSD/SDHC up to 16GB) and stereo Bluetooth support. Customers can activate the smartphone on BlackBerry Internet Service as well as BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

In addition to the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 smartphone, Alltel customers can choose from a wide-range of additional phones that make perfect gifts for any occasion, including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and upcoming graduations. Alltel is also offering the recently announced Motorola Evoke, great for social networking,the BlackBerry Curve 8330, one of the most popular smartphones available the BlackBerry Pearl 8130 smartphone, an impressive handset that combines multimedia and communications features in a compact design, the Motorola Hint QA30, a stylish, compact device with a slide-out keyboard and the LG Rhythm, allowing customers to bring their music with them, right on their handset.

Alltel is offering the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230 for $80 after a $70 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract with one of Alltel’s unlimited data, e-mail and Internet plans, which start at $70 per month.

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