Just an update. My friend at work who has a Blackjack convinced me not to get it. Aside from there upcoming audit of the Media Max data plan ($20), he said that there are so much more cons than positives.
I ended up exchanging my last Pearl with a new one this evening. While trying out this "replacement" phone at the AT&T store, seems like the static is gone (or rather very minimal). The N95, N75, and Curve seem to have this feint static sound (although very suttle). I'm thinking more that it is the Edge Network.
Since I purchased this phone online and exchanged it for a different phone (at the At&T store), if after my 30 day trial I decide its not worth it, can I just return it at the retail store now? Of do I still have to mail it back to the Returns Center (Texas)?