It turns out the 8100 / Pearl
won't be the only device with SureType dropping on T-Mobile in the next few weeks. Samsung's curious clamshell, the SGH-T719
with BlackBerry integration and that love-it-or-hate-it SureType keypad, is now listed as "Coming Soon" on T-Mob's site. The 1.3-megapixel cam is nothing to write home about, but it's got Bluetooth and support for quad-band GSM plus EDGE -- not a bad option for road warriors that are, for whatever reason, morally opposed to smartphones but still like their email fresh and fast.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]