Rogers Releases New 8110 GPS Pearl – Interesting Details

This is the first I have heard of the 8110 landing on North American shores. I was just reading a press release that Simon sent me about Rogers releasing the new 8110 GPS Pearl. The device did not interest me as much as the details that Rogers put in the press release.

Is it just me or is some of this new?

  • Easy access to Texas Hold’em, the first subscription-based community game for BlackBerry users
  • Support for High Speed USB, allowing users to transfer music, videos, pictures and other files from their computer onto the handset at speeds of up to 10 MB/sec.
  • Support for downloading music directly to the smartphone through Rogers MusicStore
  • Rogers has also included a 1GB microSD card in the package

I have never heard of a carrier pre-loading Magmic games on a device. (Nice job Magmic!) Also I have never heard RIM actually release details on the speed of the USB connections. On top of that this has to be the first wireless music store I have heard of that is compatible with a BlackBerry. Any Rogers customers out there?

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 retails for $249.99 with activation on any combination of 3 year voice plan and 3 year BlackBerry data plan from Rogers. You can get more info at The link did not work for me but you might have better luck later in the day.

You can catch the full press release after the jump:

Rogers Wireless and RIM Launch the New GPS-enabled BlackBerry Pearl 8110 Smartphone

Small and stylish smartphone lets users shoot video, download music directly from Rogers MusicStore and stay on track with built-in GPS

TORONTO, ONTARIO and WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Jan. 31, 2008) – Rogers Wireless (TSX:RCI)(NYSE:RCI) and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today introduced the new BlackBerry® PearlTM 8110 smartphone. In addition to providing customers with the industry’s leading mobile messaging solution, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is packed with multimedia features and now includes built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) with mapping software, making it an ideal smartphone for both consumers and business users, on Canada’s most reliable wireless network.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone is small, stylish and incredibly versatile. It features RIM’s popular SureType® keyboard system, which has been enhanced to include word completion and a spell checker. Alongside built-in GPS, exceptional mobile messaging and impressive multimedia capabilities, the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 also includes an enhanced visual interface.

“As the leading wireless carrier in Canada, Rogers is thrilled to offer the BlackBerry Pearl 8110,” said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. “When we first launched the original BlackBerry Pearl in October 2006, it instantly became one of our most popular devices. We have a history of bringing best-in-class handsets as a Canadian first and the new BlackBerry Pearl 8110 is the perfect example with its enhanced functionality, sleek interface and brand new colour.”

“Built-in GPS adds another powerful and practical dimension to the user experience,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “The new BlackBerry Pearl 8110, with its stylish design and impressive communications, multimedia and navigation capabilities, is an exceptional smartphone for both business and personal use.”

Available from Rogers Wireless in an attractive blue finish, the new BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone features:

– An ultra-sleek design measuring 107mm x 50mm x 14mm and weighing 91 grams

– Built-in GPS with BlackBerry® Maps and support for TeleNav® GPS Navigator, which provides audible turn-by-turn directions

– A 2 megapixel camera with 5x digital zoom and built-in flash

– Video capture capability, allowing users to record video at up to 15 fps (frames per second)

– Premium phone features including enhanced noise cancellation to offset background noise, a low-distortion speakerphone, and Bluetooth® (2.0) support for hands-free use with headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals

– SureTypeTM keyboard technology, now including word completion and spell checker

– An advanced media player, perfect for listening to music and watching videos; also allows playlists to be created directly on the handset

– A 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, support for the Bluetooth stereo audio profile (A2DP/AVRCP), and dedicated volume controls

– An externally accessible microSD/SDHC expandable memory slot for additional storage (8GB microSD/SDHC cards are now available on the market)

– Support for downloading music directly to the smartphone through Rogers MusicStore

– Instant Messaging with BlackBerry® Messenger, Google® Talk and Yahoo!® Messenger pre-loaded

– Easy access to the Facebook® for BlackBerry® Smartphones application, enabling fast, streamlined and optimized mobile access to the popular Facebook social utility

– Ability to download applications such as Spinvox (convert voice messages to text) and Yahoo! Go (access sports, weather, entertainment news and upload and view pictures on Flickr)

– Easy access to Texas Hold’em, the first subscription-based community game for BlackBerry users

– An enhanced visual interface; emails, calendar entries, and web pages are even more visually appealing

– BlackBerry® Desktop Manager software, which includes Roxio® Media Manager for BlackBerry®, a powerful media manager application that allows users to easily search for media files on their computer, view and organize them, create MP3 music files from CDs, add audio tags and album art, create playlists and copy or convert pictures, music and videos for optimal playback

– Support for High Speed USB, allowing users to transfer music, videos, pictures and other files from their computer onto the handset at speeds of up to 10 MB/sec.

– BlackBerry® Internet Service support that allows access to up to 10 supported personal and corporate email accounts, including most popular ISP email accounts

– BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for enterprise deployments, enabling advanced security and IT administration within IBM® Lotus® Domino®, Microsoft® Exchange and Novell® GroupWise® environments.

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 from Rogers Wireless also comes with a variety of in-box accessories including stereo headset, travel charger and a 1GB microSD memory card for storing pictures, music and videos.

Pricing & Availability

The BlackBerry Pearl 8110 retails for $249.99 with activation on any combination of 3 year voice plan and 3 year BlackBerry data plan from Rogers. Some conditions apply.

For more information on the BlackBerry Pearl 8110 smartphone, please visit or

About Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to more than 7 million customers under both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada’s most reliable wireless voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada’s largest wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries around the world with its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. The company is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI)(NYSE:RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please visit

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless HandheldTM product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit or

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