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FCC Approves CDMA Version Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip

If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.

If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.The BlackBerry Pearl Flip has been available from T-Mobile for several months. RIM took the basic design of the original Pearl and turned it into a clamshell phone, which is a form factor that many Americans happen to like. For the last few months, if you've hankered for some hot Pearl Flip action, you've had to choose T-Mobile.

Thanks to the FCC, it looks like that is about to change.

The government has approved a new version of the Flip for use in the U.S. This CDMA variant will work with Verizon Wireless' and Sprint's networks, and adds EVDO 3G to the mix, something the GSM version of the Flip lacks.

The only other feature confirmed by the FCC at this time is that the Pearl Flip will also have Bluetooth on board. We can probably expect most other features of the Pearl Flip to appear on the CDMA version. It has a 2 megapixel camera with video capture, microSD card slot and 3.5mm headset jack.

RIM has not officially acknowledged this phone, nor has Sprint or Verizon. Even so, it's likely to be coming to a Verizon or Sprint store near you in the not-too-distant future.

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