O2 has announced that the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphone is now available online at www.o2.co.uk and in O2 retail stores.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 is notable as the first ever BlackBerry smartphone to come in the "flip" form factor.

The Flip offers a high resolution display, a second LCD colour display on the outside for viewing of incoming messages and calls, a SureType keypad, a 2-megapixel camera, built-in Wi-Fi and multimedia capabilities, as well as microSD/SDHC memory card slot that supports up to 16GB of storage.

O2 says 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".

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip is available from free on certain O2 contracts.