While it was previously reported that T-Mobile may not adopt the SureType-equipped BlackBerry Pearl 3G from Research in Motion, a new filing at the FCC with a Pearl 3G compatible with T-Mobile USA’s AWS 3G network may indicate otherwise. The carrier’s adoption of the device may rely on more factors than just regulatory approval, but the FCC filing may give hope to users looking forward to a more compact BlackBerry with the SureType form factor.
The original BlackBerry Pearl has been a hit for T-Mobile and the carrier had also launched the BlackBerry 7100 series, [...]
Despite a successful round with the original BlackBerry Pearl made by Research in Motion–the original BlackBerry handset that debuted the pearl trackball for RIM–T-Mobile will not be offering a followup with the Pearl 3G, which sports a similar design and adds a trackpad to replace the trackball and also comes with HSPA 3G rather than GSM/EDGE of the predecessor.
Speculation for T-Mobile’s rumored decision may be due to the carrier wanting to play up its other consumer BlackBerry offering–the BlackBerry Curve, which hasn’t had 3G included before. [...]
The BlackBerry Pearl was recently spotted over at the FCC with two different keyboard layouts and compatibility for AT&T’s US 3G bands. One keyboard, on the left, has the traditional Pearl SureType keyboard with two characters to a key while the second keyboard, on the right, has a traditional phone keyboard for T9 texters. We’ll have to see which model AT&T picks as the original BlackBerry Pearl on the carrier sported the SureType variety.