30th October 2008 – O2 today announces that the BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flip 8220 smartphone is available online at www.o2.co.uk and in O2 retail stores.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is the first ever BlackBerry® smartphone to come in the popular flip form factor. Sleek and stylish, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip offers a large, high resolution display, a second LCD colour display on the outside for dynamic viewing of incoming messages and calls, SureType® keypad that makes typing text and dialling numbers quick and easy, built-in Wi-Fi® and rich multimedia capabilities, that includes an easily accessible microSD/SDHC memory card slot that supports up to 16GB of storage.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is ideal for people who want a uniquely sleek and sophisticated clamshell smartphone, delivering the powerful capabilities of the BlackBerry® solution that include voice, email, messaging, organiser, Internet browsing and access to thousands of mobile business and lifestyle applications. It also boasts a robust media player for displaying pictures, listening to music and watching videos, a 2 megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and video* recording, as well as a voice recording application. The BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone also works with the new BlackBerry® Media Sync application making it quick and easy to sync iTunes digital music onto the handset**, and comes with DataViz® Documents to Go® preloaded, allowing users to edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly on the smartphone.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is available from free on certain O2 contracts. For more information on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone visit www.O2.co.uk.

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