A new flavour of BlackBerry Pearl has hit the shelves, exclusive to phone retailer Crazy John’s. They’re selling the BlackBerry 8110 Pearl phone for $0 upfront cost for the phone itself, $39 per month on a 2 year plan, on the Vodafone network. That’s a minimum cost of $936. The $39 per month gets you “$150 worth of value” – the voice calls are 47 cents for each 30 second chunk, with a 35 cent flagfall, and SMS messages are 25 cents each.
Here’s the press release on this announcement:
17 August 2009 – Sydney, Australia – Crazy John’s and Research In Motion today announced the availability of the pink BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone, for $0 upfront on a $39 BlackBerry Service Cap, the lowest bundled voice and data BlackBerry service plan in Australia’s history.
An exceptional lifestyle tool, the pink BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone bundled with Crazy John’s new service plan offers an attractive choice for people who want to make calls, email, manage their organiser, surf the net, take and send photographs, listen to music, watch and record* videos, as well as access a broad range of other mobile applications.
The bundled voice and data plan allows unlimited mobile access to email, instant messaging, social networking sites, Internet browsing and thousands of other mobile applications. The unique and popular BlackBerry service enables access to up to 10 supported ISP email accounts, as well as access to various instant messaging services such as Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger. It is also incredibly easy to stay in touch using the Facebook for BlackBerry application. With notifications sent straight to their inbox, users will immediately know when someone tags them in a photo, writes on their wall, sends them a message or comments on their status.
In addition, the sleek and stylish smartphone provides an outstanding user experience through its intuitive interface, trackball navigation system and SureType keyboard. It also comes with built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) and a media player that allows users to make the most of their personal time with music, video and pictures on the move. BlackBerry Media Sync is also included free of charge, allowing users to easily sync music from their iTunes or Windows Media Player music collection to their BlackBerry smartphone.
Matt Scriven, Head of Marketing for Crazy John’s, said, “We think many of our customers will love the slim and fashionable design of the pink BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone, and the incredible value of this BlackBerry service plan will mean that they can own a premium smartphone for less than $40 a month.”