Technology: A Smart Phone for Dummies

Although many lawyers and bankers refer to their Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerrys as "CrackBerrys," the addiction hasn't spread to ordinary consumers. But the new BlackBerry Pearl is the company's first serious attempt to hook the masses with features that high-paid professionals and businesspeople disdain--a built-in camera and an integrated MP3 player. T-Mobile, known for its low rates, is the Pearl's initial carrier. The Pearl costs $200 after rebates; unlimited e-mail and Web-browsing service will cost $20 a month, provided it's coupled with any standard voice plan. A 600-min. plan will cost $60 a month.

By comparison, Verizon Wireless sells its...

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