BlackBerry Q10 will be out in the US by the end of May, priced at $249.99

This day seems to be filled with news about the BlackBerry Q10. This handset is surely being eagerly anticipated by long-term BlackBerry fans, because it’s the first one to run the new BlackBerry OS 10 while also having a full physical QWERTY keyboard. The Q10 may arrive in the UK this weekend, but it will take a bit longer for it to make it to the US. This comes as no surprise, of course, since the all-touch Z10 underwent a similar launch strategy – namely UK first, Canada second, and then the US.

So the BlackBerry Q10 will be on sale in Canada on May 1 and in the US of A before the end of May. It will be sold by all of the ‘big four’ carriers, namely AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. It’s pretty rare for all of these companies to carry the same device, so score a feat there for the phone maker formerly known as RIM.

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Interestingly, the Q10 will apparently be priced at $249.99 with a new two-year contract. This is $50 more than the entry-level iPhone 5, and also $50 more than most high-end handsets released over the past few years. BlackBerry has chosen this strategy because it seems to view the Q10 as a niche device, one that will appeal to those who are often on the road, and business people generally.

BlackBerry fans who want the newest software but also desire the hallmark QWERTY keyboard won’t have any other choice than to shell out this amount of cash, for there are no other BB10-running QWERTY devices out yet.

Via AllThingsD and Bloomberg

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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