Nexus 5 now available at T-Mobile, BlackBerry Z30 at Verizon
Nov14

Nexus 5 now available at T-Mobile, BlackBerry Z30 at Verizon

T-Mobile has started selling the LG-made Google Nexus 5 today. This comes six days earlier than what a leak from the beginning of the month had us expecting. That’s certainly good news if you’re desperate to get your hands on a Nexus 5, especially now that the Google Play Store lists shipping times in weeks rather than days. So you might get the newest Nexus from T-Mobile for the sole purpose of getting it fast. You do have to pay a premium, in this case. The Nexus 5 is $100 more expensive when paid outright at the magenta carrier than the Play Store, starting at $449.99. The other possible reason for getting a Nexus 5 from TMo and not from Google would be not paying for it in full. T-Mobile offers you the possibility of putting down just $41.99, and then paying $17 per month for two years to make up the difference. This requires you to use TMo’s services, though you can leave at any time (no minimum contract period is enforced), but you should know that when you do leave the balance for the phone becomes due. Verizon also has a new smartphone on offer today, the BlackBerry Z30. This handset is exclusive to Big Red in the US, and its release comes straight on time, as announced just a couple of days ago. The Z30 is BlackBerry’s latest flagship offering, and it can be yours for $199.99 with a new two-year contract from Verizon. The full price is $549.99, in case you want to get the phone sans long term...

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BlackBerry Z30 finally gets a release date on Verizon: November 14
Nov12

BlackBerry Z30 finally gets a release date on Verizon: November 14

The BlackBerry Z30 was officially announced back in September, but only towards the end of last month did we hear anything about it from Verizon. Big Red boasted that it will exclusively sell the Z30 in the United States (though it’s still unclear whether that will be forever or just for a limited time), and gave us the pricing information. That said, when it came to spilling out an actual release date all the carrier managed to say was “in November”. Now that we’re almost at the middle of said month, you might be getting impatient if you’re anxious to get your hands on BlackBerry’s first ever phablet. Fret not, though, for Verizon has today come back and given us the last piece of the puzzle. The BlackBerry Z30 will be available online for $199.99 (with a new two-year contract) on November 14, which is this Thursday. The carrier did not say anything about in-store availability, so that may come at a later date (or never, who knows?). So there you have it. In just a couple of days the Z30 will be on offer at Verizon. The handset comes with a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a 2 MP front camera, 16 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot for expansion, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, and a non-removable 2,880 mAh battery. It runs BlackBerry OS...

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UK: BlackBerry Z10 now starts at £149.95 on PAYG, £179.95 SIM-free
Nov12

UK: BlackBerry Z10 now starts at £149.95 on PAYG, £179.95 SIM-free

The BlackBerry Z10 is now on offer in the UK for surprisingly affordable pricing, considering that less than a year ago it was the Canadian company’s flagship offering. But things move incredibly fast in the mobile world, and the Z30 has already been announced. Furthermore, BlackBerry the company is going through some very rough times, so perhaps the discounts aren’t that surprising after all. It’s Carphone Warehouse, the well known third party retailer, that has the BlackBerry Z10 for cheap right now. If you’re going to get it on Pay as you go, and you’re upgrading, you’ll only have to pay £149.95. It’s £10 more if you’re a new PAYG customer (plus a mandatory £10 top-up). If you’d rather get it SIM-free and unlocked, the price is £179.95. That’s great value, considering that the cheapest we found the Z10 SIM-free at other retailers is £249.99. Not to mention that the SIM-free launch price, back in March, was a whopping £534! We’ve definitely come a long way, one might say. Obviously at this point the Z10 is meant primarily for BlackBerry die-hards, fans of the company who for some reason don’t want to use the signature physical keyboard as featured on the BlackBerry Q10. We can’t imagine there are many of those around, nor non-BlackBerry fans who wouldn’t consider an Android or Windows Phone for a similar price way before they’d go for this. But if you do want a BlackBerry Z10 right now, head on over to the Carphone Warehouse and do your thing. Via...

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BlackBerry Z30 will be a Verizon exclusive, out next month for $199.99
Oct28

BlackBerry Z30 will be a Verizon exclusive, out next month for $199.99

The BlackBerry Z30 is coming to the US. Maybe a bit later than you might have expected, but still, it’s on the way. Not only that, but it looks like Verizon has nabbed an exclusive on BlackBerry’s biggest ever smartphone. The carrier nicknamed Big Red has announced that it will start selling the Z30 sometime next month (though unfortunately without revealing an actual release date). The handset will be priced at $199.99 with the now-usual two-year contract. That’s pretty much standard pricing for a high-end device in this day and age, though some may frown at the mention of the words ‘BlackBerry Z30’ and ‘high-end’ in the same sentence. Still, this is the Canadian company’s best effort yet. The Z30 has a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 16 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot for expansion, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, wireless charging, and a non-removable 2,880 mAh battery. It runs BlackBerry OS 10.2, the latest iteration of BlackBerry’s software. It’s unclear whether it will be exclusive to Verizon forever, or just for a limited time. We’ll let you know when we know...

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No more BlackBerry smartphones in T-Mobile stores
Sep26

No more BlackBerry smartphones in T-Mobile stores

BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker formerly known as RIM, is in a lot of trouble. It’s been so for quite a while now, and it looks like it will soon be acquired by an insurance company and financial group for around $4.7 billion. That’s not a lot of money, but it means it will go private and may not disappear as soon as some have predicted. Still, things certainly aren’t good for the company. Sales of its latest smartphones, powered by the BB OS 10 release, aren’t going very well, even in traditionally strong markets like North America. In what seems like a confirmation of this, T-Mobile decided not to carry BlackBerry devices in its stores anymore. This comes after BlackBerry itself not long ago announced that it would focus on enterprise customers from then on, effectively giving up on the consumer market which it failed to impress with its newest offerings anyway. According to a T-Mobile exec, the carrier will no longer keep stock for retail distribution of BlackBerry smartphones because of “drastically weakening” sales. Apparently most BlackBerry purchases (at least in T-Mobile’s case) are made by businesses anyway, and they don’t go to stores to make their decisions. BlackBerry smartphones will still be available at T-Mobile, but only through orders placed either on its website or via telesales. Via...

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BlackBerry Z30 announced with 5″ HD AMOLED screen, 1.7 GHz CPU, 8 MP camera. Available next week
Sep18

BlackBerry Z30 announced with 5″ HD AMOLED screen, 1.7 GHz CPU, 8 MP camera. Available next week

After many months of leaks upon leaks (in most of which it starred as the A10), the BlackBerry Z30 has finally become official today. The new Z-series device from BlackBerry is once again all-touch, no keyboard (that’s what the Qs are for). It may or may not be the successor to the Z10 unveiled at the end of January (that may still be sold alongside the Z30, we assume). The BlackBerry Z30 has a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD touchscreen, a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a 2 MP front camera, 16 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot for expansion, 4G LTE, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, and a non-removable 2,880 mAh battery. It’s the first device to run BlackBerry OS 10.2, the brand new iteration of the Canadian company’s all-new software effort that debuted earlier this year. The Z30 comes with the biggest battery ever seen in a BlackBerry, but otherwise its specs don’t impress compared to the Android competition. In this regard, the BlackBerry Z30 is more like Windows Phones – not competing on spec sheet alone. The BlackBerry Z30 will start rolling out next week in the UK and the Middle East. As for other regions, expect it in stores before the holiday season hits. Pricing should be announced soon by each carrier and retailer that’s going to sell it. The BlackBerry OS 10.2 version will start rolling out to the Z10, Q10 and Q5 in...

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BlackBerry Q10 officially lands at Sprint on August 30. HTC 8XT, Samsung Ativ S Neo prices slashed
Aug26

BlackBerry Q10 officially lands at Sprint on August 30. HTC 8XT, Samsung Ativ S Neo prices slashed

The BlackBerry Q10 will finally be up for grabs at Sprint starting on August 30. That’s this Friday, and this sure has been a long time coming. The Q10 is already being sold by Verizon and AT&T, and now Sprint is joining in. The August 30 release date has been leaked about a month ago, and that leak was accurate indeed. The smartphone will cost you $199.99 with a new two-year contract over at Sprint. That’s the standard pricing for high-end devices nowadays. The BlackBerry Q10 is the Canadian company’s first device that runs the new BlackBerry OS 10 and features the traditional BlackBerry form factor – candybar with full physical QWERTY keyboard underneath the screen. Thus, it’s sure to appeal to those who are still in love with this particular shape. Also at Sprint, a couple of Windows Phones have seen their prices slashed dramatically. It wasn’t that long ago that the Now Network announced its first two handsets running Windows Phone 8 – the HTC 8XT and the Samsung Ativ S Neo. And now both are $100 cheaper than they’ve been so far. That’s pretty remarkable, considering that the Samsung Ativ S Neo has only been on sale at the carrier for ten days. It started out costing $149.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with the obligatory two-year contract, but now you can buy one for just $49.99 (still after a $50 mail-in rebate, though). The HTC 8XT, which has been on the market longer, is even cheaper. You can get one for $0.00 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The 8XT used to be priced at $99.99, so that’s a significant price drop too. This probably means that the two Windows Phones mentioned above really aren’t doing that well at Sprint in terms of sales. It’s very rare to see carriers themselves cutting prices like this so soon after release. But, if you like Microsoft’s new mobile platform, you can jump on the bandwagon now for a lot less than...

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BlackBerry 9720 already available in the UK, SIM-free for £179.98
Aug16

BlackBerry 9720 already available in the UK, SIM-free for £179.98

Surprise! The BlackBerry 9720 is already in stock at one UK-based online retailer of SIM-free and unlocked smartphones. This handset was announced by the Canadian company formerly known as RIM a few days ago, and shortly after that we found out that it would be released in the UK in September. However, if you’ve been craving this device, you’ll be happy to know that the aforementioned report was wrong, as the 9720 is already up for grabs in the UK. One thing to keep in mind, though: if you’d rather get it with a contract from an operator, you’ll probably need to wait until next month. For now though, if SIM-free is your thing and the BlackBerry 9720 is the object of your desire, then you should head over to Unlocked Mobiles as soon as possible. The retailer is offering the smartphone for £179.98, VAT included. And it’s arrived in stock today. As the pricing certainly implies, the BlackBerry 9720 is not a high-end device by any stretch of the imagination. It doesn’t even run BlackBerry OS 10, which is the company’s latest software offering. The 9720 comes with a 2.8-inch 480×360 touchscreen, a 5 MP camera, an 806 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 512 MB of internal storage, microSD card support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1,450 mAh battery. It runs BlackBerry OS...

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BlackBerry 9720 launching in the UK in September
Aug14

BlackBerry 9720 launching in the UK in September

Officially announced yesterday, the new BlackBerry 9720 will be released in the UK starting September. At least that’s what Carphone Warehouse is showing here. Carphone doesn’t mention how much the 9720 will cost, but other British retailers do. Handtec has priced the new smartphone at £197.99, while Expansys says it will cost a bit less: only £179.99 (about €210, or $279). As these prices suggest, the BlackBerry 9720 is by no means a high-end device. Its features include BlackBerry OS 7.1, full QWERTY keyboard, 2.8 inch display with 480 x 360 pixels, dedicated BBM key, HSPA, 512MB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, and a 1,450 mAh battery. BlackBerry hopes to sell the 9720 not just to existing BB users, but also to “customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device.” Well, that will be hard, as those coming from Android usually switch to iOS or Windows Phone, while those who want to switch from WP go to Android, or iOS. But we can’t blame the Canadian company for...

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New BlackBerry 9720 gets official, won’t be launched in the US and Canada
Aug13

New BlackBerry 9720 gets official, won’t be launched in the US and Canada

BlackBerry has officially taken the wraps off of the 9720, its latest QWERTY-equipped smartphone that tries to keep the Curve spirit alive (although, of course, there’s no Curve branding). The 9720 runs BlackBerry OS 7.1, and features: a 2.8 inch display with 480 x 360 pixels, HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, dedicated BBM key, 5MP rear camera, 806 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,450 mAh battery. The handset has five color versions: black, white, blue, pink, and purple. BlackBerry says the 9720 will be released in the coming months in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. In other words, don’t expect to see it on sale in North America. Ever. You can see the new BlackBerry 9720 in the promo video embedded below: “The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone gives you all the essentials of the BlackBerry smartphone experience to support a communications centric lifestyle. It has the best keyboard and functionality for BBM, as well as an updated BlackBerry 7 OS that adds many enhancements. It’s perfect for customers upgrading from a feature phone or entry-level Android or Windows Phone device, as well as existing BlackBerry smartphone customers, that want a richer experience and jump up in style and performance,” said Carlo Chiarello, Executive Vice President for Products at BlackBerry. The 9720 comes at a time when BlackBerry isn’t doing well at all. Just yesterday, the company issued a press release announcing the exploration of “strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment.” The alternatives could include “possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible...

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