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RIM Launches First BlackBerry Flip-phone

PC World reports: "Research In Motion (RIM) diversified its BlackBerry line Wednesday by introducing a "flip" or clamshell model, a popular form for mobile phones.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 will be available later this year through operator T-Mobile, although RIM didn't say at what price.

The Pearl Flip represents another move by RIM to widen its prospective customer pool beyond business users, with smaller and more stylish models aimed at consumers yet still retaining the core BlackBerry features.

It has an external LCD (liquid-crystal display) used to preview e-mails, text messages and phone calls. When flipped open, the phone reveals a larger screen and a Qwerty keyboard, one of the characteristic features of RIM's larger devices."

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