It’s alive! BlackBerry, that is, formerly known as RIM and the ex-ruler of the smartphone market. The Canadian manufacturer is back in business, with two very nice handhelds, one of which has been available for a few months now in select markets around the globe.
As for the second one, the Q10, this has just been confirmed as landing in BB’s home Canada by the end of April. Three major carriers up north are listing the QWERTY keyboard-toting device on their official websites and at least two of them will ship the first Q10 units this month.
Telus has kicked the festivities into gear, by accepting pre-orders for over 24 hours now. The network’s Q10 will be available starting April 29 and goes for $199 with three-year contracts or $700 outright.
Rogers has followed Telus very closely and you can pre-order the Q10 through the number one Canadian carrier as well. While the on-contract price point is the same ($199), Rogers has two important aces up its sleeve – outright pricing ($649.99) and exclusivity over the white version of the phone.
Last, but not least, Bell will be joining Telus and Rogers in the pre-order game late next week, on the 19th. That doesn’t necessarily mean the launch will happen late too, although we don’t think Bell will be able to start shipping the Q10 this month.
The pricing structure is the same as on Telus – $199.95 with three-year agreements and $699.95 off-contract.
<Source: Mobile Syrup>