Several Canadian retailers and wireless carriers began taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Q10 qwerty smartphone, although there was no word on when the phones would be available.
Several Canadian retailers and wireless carriers began taking pre-orders today for the BlackBerry Q10 qwerty smartphone.
However, there was no official word on when the Q10 will ship in Canada or the U.S. A BlackBerry spokeswoman said only: "The BlackBerry Q10 will be available in Canada in the coming weeks. Details on availability in other markets will follow soon." Blackberry is based in Waterloo, Ontario.
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BlackBerry executives in January said only that the Q10 would ship in the second quarter, although some reports have said shipping would start in April.
The BlackBerry Q10 has a physical keyboard.
Rogers divulged it will have both white and black versions of the Q10, and will charge $199.99 with a three-year contract. None of the four said when the phone will be available.
Reports have released a purported internal Rogers document that shows an April 30 launch date for the Q10.
Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless plan to sell the Q10 in the U.S., but haven't set a firm shipping date.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said the qwerty version of BlackBerry 10 is expected to be a hit with traditional BlackBerry users who are familiar with a physical keyboard. The touchscreen Z10 went on sale in the U.S. with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in March.
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