The BlackBerry Z10 may have made quite the impact since its launch earlier this year, but long-term devotees and aficionados know very well that the QWERTY keyboard Q10 is where it’s at. And as if to stick it to the US market once again, the UK is to be lavished with the first BlackBerry Q10 release date rollout with a fair number of carriers having already confirmed that it’s coming…and soon.
So, for those on the other side of the pond or indeed the anxious US masses willing to pay whatever it takes to bring home an import, here’s the inside scoop on exactly where and when the BlackBerry Q10 will touch down in the UK – along with home much you’ll be looking at paying for one.
First up, the Carphone Warehouse is looking like a prime candidate to be the first in Europe to launch the Q10, with preorders having already open and said orders expected to be filled by the retailers before the end of the month. They’re offering the Q10 free of charge if taken with a two-year contract of at least £36 per month ($55), or the unlocked Q10 can be chosen for what is in fact a slightly reduced price of £579.95 – or about $800 to me and you.
Those preferring to take their business to Phones4U are also offer the same price for a Q10 with a 24-month service agreement, that being £36 per month, but so far haven’t given any indication that there will be an unlocked option. They’re also stating that stocks will arrive in up to five weeks.
Meanwhile, O2 isn’t offering much besides an expected release date of May and the option to sign up for updates, while Three hasn’t confirmed whether or not it will be stocking the Q10 at all. Probably it will, but maybe a bit later on.
And rounding things off is Vodafone, which again will launch the Q10 in the near future that hasn’t yet pinned down an exact release date or price.
Let’s hope this time round the US launch follows suit pretty soon after and we’re not waiting until June at the earliest, as some are already starting to fear.