First off, it looks like the 9100 has hit Rogers, and is available online right now! You’re going to pay a bit more for Pearl 3G love on Rogers… Not quite sure why, but Rogers often marches to the beat of their own drummer. Perhaps their drummer is more expensive to hire, which is why they often charge more for new hardware. Anyways, Rogers has it up for offer right now at $49.99 on a 3-year contract, $324.99 on a 2-year, $374.99 on a 1-year and outright for $424.99. For the complete picture pop on over to Rogers.
Also worth noting here is Bell. Looks like ‘Big Blue’ has finally announced their 9100 availability… long story short? It’s coming to Bell June 4th. Pricing? This is where things get a tad strange. Apparently, the Pearl 3G will run you (no word of a lie) $129.95 on a typical 3-year term, with prices going up from there on different contract options. Hopefully this is completely off and changes before launch time. I find it hard to believe Bell would enter the market at a price more than double what Rogers is charging, and more than quadruple what TELUS is charging!
Whatever the price points end up being on Bell, the news of a 9100 will surely make many folks happy. Bell initially hit us with a May 13th launch date, only to make it ‘delayed until further notice’. Frustrating for sure, but at least it’s almost here.
Key specs on the BlackBerry Pearl 9100 include the optical trackpad, WiFi 802.11n, GPS, crystal clear HVGA display, 3.2 megapixel camera, 3.5 mm headphone jack, 3G, microSD card slot and SureType keypad. That’s all well and good, but the part I dig the most is the form factor. If you’re looking for the more feature-rich and functional candybar in the market, the Pearl 9100 has to be it. For a closer look, I recommend you check out Simon’s Rogers BlackBerry Pearl 9100 Review.
Note: In reference to those expensive Rogers price points, TELUS already has the 9100 available from $29.99 on contract. Just sayin’.