Maxis is offering a time limited sale on selected smart phones which offers lower monthly commitment than before. Usually Maxis bundle its devices with a minimum bolt on of 500MB data plan of RM58/month and this time, they offer more options with a much lower RM38/month which gives you 250MB of Data. For BlackBerry, the plan on offer is the BIS Entry of 250MB at RM40/month. This offer is valid from now until 14th August 2011.
Among the devices on offer is the HTC Chacha, the original HTC Wildfire, Huawei Ideos S7 tablet, Motorola Backflip and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. The bundle pricing you see above are tied with a shorter 12 months contract period. Here’s the comparison of the minimum offer before and after:
RM499 with 500MB plan, now RM799 on 250MB data plan
RM699 with 500MB, now RM699 on 250MB data plan
RM1149 with 500MB, now RM1099 on 250MB data plan
Huawei Ideos S7
RM1029 with 500MB, now RM999 on 250MB data plan
BlackBerry Pearl 3G
RM799 on BIS Pro (RM90), now RM1099 on BIS 40 plan
While RM38 a month is cheaper, it costs more per GB. Therefore those who will be highly likely to use more than 250MB/month within the 12 months contract period might want to look at higher data plans instead.
For more details, head to Maxis mid year sale promo page here.
The BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 is now offered as low as RM199 on Maxis. This price is tied with a 24 months contract of BIS Pro that costs RM90/month with 3GB of data. The BIS Pro is available to be added on to your existing Value Plus, Value First and even supplement plans on Maxis. As comparison, the Pearl 3G was previously offered at RM599 on the same plan and contract period.
To recap, the BlackBerry Pearl 3G is not your typical BlackBerry as it comes with a more traditional mobile phone keypad instead of a full QWERTY keyboard. You can check out more details of the BlackBerry Pearl 3G in our previous post here.
For more information, head to Maxis BlackBerry page here.
Original Post: Maxis has officially revealed the BlackBerry Pearl 3G 9105 with its postpaid and Hotlink prepaid bundling. Few months ago, Maxis had already dropped hints via twitter that they are offering the device. The Pearl 3G is a different device from your typical BlackBerry as it uses a normal keypad rather than a full QWERTY keyboard. You can check out the demo video of the Pearl in our previous post.
The Pearl 3G retails at RM1,299 and Maxis is bundling the device with paid in advanced BIS subscription. For Postpaid, it comes bundled with 12 months BIS Advance plan of RM360 (RM30/month) for a total of RM1,659. For Hotlink prepaid, it goes for RM1,479 with 6 months BIS.
For more info, head to Maxis’s BlackBerry page here.
There’s two version of the candybar Pearl, the 9100 sporting a SureType QWERTY keypad while the 9105 uses a more traditional mobile phone keypad layout.
In terms of specs there’s no difference between the two except for the earlier mentioned keypad layout. Both versions of the Pearl will have 256MB of internal storage with support for MicroSD storage expansion up to 32GB. 3.2MP camera with flash is standard along with digital zoom, autofocus and video recording. Like the Bold, the Pearl will also feature an optical trackpad. Connectivity wise, the Pearl is RIM’s first ever device to support WiFi n standard along with b and g. It runs on UMTS/HSDPA 3G networks as well as EDGE/GPRS/GSM. GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 is also standard.
As usual, with this kind of things, there’s no details on pricing, plans and launch date but we keep you updated on the latest developments. Stay tuned.
In the meantime checkout the BlackBerry Pearl promo video after the jump.
Imagine, you’re walking down the street and out of nowhere this attractive girl walks up to you and starts talking to you. She then passes her Blackberry to you and asks you to take a couple of pictures with her. After that, she asks you to key in your phone number into her Blackberry and says that she might call you for drinks sometime.
Chances are, she’s probably not going to call you at all. Why? Because she’s probably being paid to flirt with you and she just wanted you to try out the new Blackberry.
Its all a part of a crafty yet ethically dubious promotional trick called stealth marketing that Blackberry is currently employing to create interest and awareness for its latest Pearl 3G smartphone.
This is all happening in the US and there are two camps on the ethics of stealh marketing, be it good or bad, it’s something that might catch on here in Malaysia.
We like the concept. It’s definitely going to get attention and there’s nothing wrong that. What about you?
Read up the full news report here.
Things are indeed looking very interesting at Blackberry and if it continues to shed the powersuit persona for a more approachable shirt, jeans and sneakers look, we can’t help but predict that more and more people outside of its typical marksegment will find Blackberry’s offerings very appealing indeed.
To whet your appetite and to see what we’re on about, check out the promo videos of the just announced Blackberry Pearl 3G and Blackberry Bold 9650.
Check out the video after the jump.