BY | April 7, 2013

BlackBerry Q10 is finally available for pre-order in USA and UK and its release date is expected before month end in both countries besides many others

Around three months after being showcased in glittering ceremony, the much awaited QWERTY handset from none other than Research in Motion aka BlackBerry is set to be available in the market within weeks. Latest reports suggest that BlackBerry Q10, the second Research in Motion handset running on the company’s most sophisticated operating system BB10 is available for pre-order in UK and USA and in both the countries the handset will be released before April end.

For people who loved BlackBerry handset for the ease of use of its QWERTY keyboard, they are expected to form long queues when it is finally introduced in the market. But don’t expect long and serpentine queues like new Apple iPhones at the time of their launch as apprehension about the success of the handset remains, more so given the high price that the company is charging for its handsets. It is certainly good news for people who are more comfortable in using physical keypad phones instead of full touch- screen handsets. The most popular physical keypad enabled smartphone maker, Blackberry formerly known as Research In Motion, has come up with its latest smartphone with its signature QWERTY keypad that will run on its latest operating system Blackberry 10 and is named Blackberry Q 10.

The new Blackberry Q 10 is out now for pre- orders in the UK, the first country to offer this phone. The Carphone Warehouse (CPW) has announced in UK that their customers will be able to place pre- orders for the Blackberry Q 10 on Orange, O2, T- Mobile, EE, Three, and TalkMobile.

“Today, Carphone Warehouse (CPW) customers in the United Kingdom will be able to pre-order the BlackBerry Q10 on O2, Orange, T- Mobile, Three, EE and TalkMobile,” Blackberry announced on their blog. “The handset will be available for purchase in Carphone Warehouse stores from the end of April.”

The Blackberry Q 10 is the second smartphone to have Blackberry’s latest Blackberry 10 operating system. However, the first device with Blackberry 10 was fully touchscreen, keeping in mind the popularity of its rivals Samsung and Apple with their full touchscreen device.

The chief operating officer at Carphone Warehouse, Graham Stapleton, said, “The new BlackBerry Q10 takes everything that’s great about the recently launched BlackBerry Z10 and adds a physical Qwerty keyboard – perfect for users who still prefer the physical push of a button when using their devices.”

According to the Carphone Warehouse, the BB Q10 will be available from end of April, and will be offered free with a 24 months contract on a £36 a month. On the other hand, the unlocked version of Blackberry Q 10 will be available at £579.95.

The device is 4G enabled and EE is offering its contract with 4G LTE connectivity.

The Carphone Warehouse is also offering a free wireless Bluetooth speaker worth £79.95 to their first 2000 customers who will pre- order the device on Pay Monthly contract.

“The anticipation is mounting around the world for this highly anticipated smartphone, and we’re getting one stop closer to getting it in your hands,” Donny Halliwell , BlackBerry social media manager wrote in a blog post.

The BlackBerry Q10 phone sports a square 3.1-inch, 720-by-720 screen, with, a volume rocker, a Micro- SD card slot, Micro- USB and Micro- HDMI ports and a removable battery.  The handset also includes a space for an 8- megapixel camera which runs on a 1.5-GHz, dual-core processor, with a 2- megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

The BlackBerry Q10 will be available for sale in US with Sprint, Verizon, and AT& T shortly, according to a statement made by Blackberry in February.


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  • Jamie Young

    plus a 2100 mAh battery teamed with an OLED display which will keep this smart phone going all day on a single charge.