RIM apparently didn’t think the BlackBerry KickStart moniker was going to vibe too well with the general public, and has decided to rebrand their first foray in to clamshell designs. The first BlackBerry flip-phone, the BlackBerry KickStart, as it has been known, will hence forth be referred to as the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8220. The name change comes on the heels of reports that the handset would be called the BlackBerry KickStart 8220 – not too far off base from the actual handset model name.
The BlackBerry Pearl 8220, in accordance with Waterloo’s naming conventions, will sport a WiFi radio, while the BlackBerry Pearl 8210 will pack integrated GPS hardware beneath the clamshell form-factor.
We’re also hearing that the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 will be offered on T-Mobile’s network while the BlackBerry Pearl 8210 should give AT&T customers with a hankerin’ for a GPS-enabled BlackBerry flip something to chew on. More as we hear it.
While we wait for T-Mobile and AT&T to go live with the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 and BlackBerry Pearl 8210, respectively, take a gander at the video below. It should help pass the time a bit faster (but just a little bit).