When we first got a glimpse of the BlackBerry Q5 back in May, it was made clear that North America wasn't in the plans for this "emerging market" device. Earlier this week, BlackBerry surprised many people by announcing that the BlackBerry Q5 would be available on Bell, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile Canada effective August 13th. Sadly, it seems that Rogers has been left out.
There will be two colour models in Canada - Black and Pure Red - with the latter being a Virgin Mobile exclusive. Pricing is unconfirmed at this time, but you can expect to see the Q5 arrive at a $300-350 outright price.
BlackBerry Q5 Smartphone Launches in CanadaWATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 30, 2013) -
BlackBerry® (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today announced that the newest BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry® Q5 smartphone, will arrive in Canada on August 13, 2013. The new smartphone will be available from authorized partners Bell, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile Canada, as well as retail stores Best Buy Canada, Future Shop, Target, TBooth Wireless, The Mobile Shop, The Source, Walmart, and WIRELESSWAVE, across the country.
The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning, youthful design that radiates confidence. With its dual core 1.2GHz processor, vibrant touchscreen and 4G/LTE network support, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a smooth, fast and rich browsing experience. Its messaging and social networking features enable customers to have fun, create, share and stay connected, while on the move.
Available in two colour models in Canada - Black and Pure Red* - the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a powerful and unique mobile computing experience with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality. Features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing customers to flow easily from one activity to the next. With its classic QWERTY keyboard re-engineered for optimized typing and its 3.1" touchscreen, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds.
Andrew MacLeod, Managing Director for Canada at BlackBerry said, "Canada is our home, and bringing the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone here is a testament to our strong partner support and ongoing commitment to delivering innovative technologies that enable Canadian enterprises and consumers to improve how they connect and communicate."
Offering superior business productivity features, market-leading enterprise security and a fast, effortless experience, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is a perfect mobility solution for any Canadian organization. For enterprise customers who want to upgrade to BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is a powerful and cost-effective device to roll out across any organization.
The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone comes with BlackBerry 10 version 10.1. As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, a peek into the BlackBerry® Hub lets you stay close to what's important to you without stopping what you're doing. Create the perfect shot every time with the camera Time Shift mode, tell your story using BlackBerry® Story Maker, and instantly share updates with friends on Facebook® and Twitter®. Use BBM™ Video with Screen Share to connect with contacts**, and visit the BlackBerry® World™ storefront to discover the more than 120,000 available apps.
For more information on the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, please visit http://ca.blackberry.com/
* The Pure Red model available from Virgin Mobile Canada.
** Compatible BlackBerry 10 smartphones, Wi-Fi, 4G or HSPA+ connection required. Additional restrictions apply, visit blackberry.com for details.
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