Want a BlackBerry? Don't want a contract? Good news! T-Mobile and BlackBerry maker RIM have announced a new deal for the UK, that allows you to buy a for a one-off cost of £179, inclusive of 12 months of unlimited email and mobile Internet use -- without any need to sign a contract.
For calls, texts and that sort of stuff, you'll just top up the phone like any pre-pay T-Mobile, er, mobile. And after your 12 months of inclusive service is up, you'll be able to pay another one-off fee to get another 12 months of email and Internet, though pricing for that has yet to be released.
Note that, as is, 'unlimited data' means 'there's a limit'. We asked T-Mobile, and it turns out the limit is 1GB of data transfer a month. Exceeding this limit, however, will not cost you anything. Rather, if you continually go over the limit every month, you may be contacted to discuss moving to a service plan that includes a more unlimited data plan than the unlimited plan you signed up to.
It's almost as if the word 'unlimited' needs redefining..
Still, the Pearl is one of the more consumer-focused BlackBerry models, including features such as a 2-megapixel camera, GPS, social-networking functions and, of course, email. Last year, we gave the model a juicy 8 out of 10 in our review, which you.
The deal will be available from 1 May for £179 from T-Mobile's Web site.