Blackberry Pearl Kickstart 8220 pricing leaked…


Hey guess what, news that isn’t G1 related still exists! Pricing has leaked out via for the Kickstart Pearl 8220 phone, I just love calling it by 3 names. Rumors via pinstack forums are also talking about an October 15th release, though we’re sticking by a launch on October 13. Truthfully whats two days in the grand scheme of things if you aren’t waiting for the G1?

Of course, both dates are better than the purported Best Buy screen shots posted yesterday showing a whole different set of dates. Ignoring the launch date lottery numbers for a moment, how does this pricing sound?

T-Mobile BlackBerry Pearl 8220 Pricing

* New Activation 2 Year Contract $149.99 (after $50 MIR)
* New Activation 1 Year Contract $199.99 (after $50 MIR)
* Full Upgrade 2 Year Contract $167.99 (after $50 MIR)
* Full Upgrade 1 Year Contract $217.99 (after $50 MIR)
* Partial Upgrade: TBD
* Retail Price: $349.99

Via blackberrycool

UPDATE: I believe in giving credit when credit is due, so I want to add in that our very own forum poster “Breathe” posted this information for all to see back on the 26th of September.

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  • drew

    you spelled pearl wrong ..

  • David

    Shoot! Thats two typos today…my brain is fried.

  • T1 Connect

    your oly human it happens

  • T1 Connect

    typo right there this thing is contagious


    The Credit for this pricing should actually go to tmonews… it was in this forum first


  • David

    Sorry Breathe, updated.

  • dat chyk

    The one pictured with the black keypad (on the header of this article) looks so much better than the one on the Tmo site with a burgundy keypad. But then again, I haven’t seen either of them in person.

  • NickyHilton

    It’s cute.

  • John

    Two typos, T1 Connect; “your” is possessive.

    “You’re only human, it happens.”

  • TomCruise

    guys, i know this is off-topic but what happened to the national 3g go live date of Oct 1?

    i didn’t see any post on that!

  • Doble-A

    Aww. How cute. I think Pearly Flippy is a bit overpriced though. $167.99 (after $50 MIR) for a phone without 3G? Not anymore T-Mobile. Maybe before October 22, 2008, but not after. That date sets a bar. October 22, 2008.

  • dat chyk

    @Doble-A – LOL. For real though…I agree.

  • T1 Connect

    After really thinking about it, I think I’m going to be picking up a Blackberry Kickstart instead of the G1. Just called in an cancelled my order. I really like the keypad on this badboy, not to mention the high resolution.

    Blackberry Kickstart here I come!

  • nick f

    same price as the 8120, which means the partial upgrade is 305.99

  • mundo

    i’ll be gettin this fone as soon as it’s out
    i have been waiting for something like this but the g1 is so temptin so i’ll wait to see both of them in person

  • GrayT

    eh…who still uses flip phones?…i guess its okay since it has QWERTY…Did BB customers, which consists largely of businessppl, REALLY want this, or are they trying to branch into a diff market?


  • OLeG

    Really Blackberry? A flip phone without 3G or gps?! I’m definitely getting it not.
    2MP camera with no autofocus, sweet!
    Mediocre display and a fat, ugly looking form factor? Sign me the fudge up!

    what I like about it the most if the catchy name: “T-mobile blackberry pearl 8220 Flip”. They coulnd’t just leave it as “Kickstart”, they had to go with something very long and easy to forget (or get confused, you know, “what, pearl? didn’t pearl already come out and stuff? I think it’s old…Why does it flip?”)

    T-mobile needs to slaughter their marketing director.

  • saccade

    @Doble-A: Agreed! The Flip shouldn’t be more then $99, tops. And with no 3G? May be $80. And no touchscreen? May be $70. I think the Pearls (all of them, Flip, etc) should be pushed as the new RAZR. RAZRs are $10, Pearls are $50-99 after rebates. There are too many options that are too compelling to gouge people $150 for a Flip. For $20 LESS I could get an Instinct; $30 more for a G1; $50 more for an iPhone.

    I love my BB, but I can’t spend $150 so RIM can feel better about their head-in-the-sand pricing. (But the Bold just came down a bit, no?)

  • Cj

    I have seen the burgundy and the black side by side in the store and in pictures. When i seen them in person… actually liked the burgundy better.. Also just got T-mobile @ home and this phone is equipped with hotspot @ home. Way sweet..

  • Rex

    The partial upgrade is around 250. Found out from a local rep, who also told me that its being released on the 13th or 15th of Oct. Others have informed me that its actualy the 18th. Earlier the better though.

  • Boris

    Amazon has the Flip at $50, but it isn’t yet available.

  • Boris

    Now it’s available on Amazon, but it *requires* a data plan??