Rogers and Telus, two of the biggest telecom service providers in Canada, have said they are now accepting pre-orders for the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Q10 is only the second device after Z10 to run the company’s latest BB10 operating system. Both the carriers have priced the Q10 at 200 Canadian dollars for a three year plan. However, while Rogers has said it expects the shipping to start within weeks, Telus has a specific launch date, April 29, to go with the pre-order process. The Z10 has enjoyed moderate success so far and its makers expect the same level of enthusiasm with its Q10 smartphone. The biggest distinguishing factor with the Q10 is the QWERTY keyboard below the touchscreen display. This has been the classic design theme with past Blackberry phones and the company believes this will appeal to longtime followers, mainly from the business sector.
Other retailers in Canada, such as Future Shop and Best Buy Co, have also stated they are taking pre-orders for the Q10. The smartphone was launched first in the UK followed by Canada, though it could be a few months before it makes its debut in the US. At least, if Blackberry follows a the Z10’s launch plan with its Q10. There is no word as yet as to when the rest of the world will get to sample the new Q10.
Meanwhile, turn to goodereader app store for BB10 specific apps, which happens to be the largest alternative to Blackberry World.