As of this writing, it looks like all of Canada’s major carriers are now accepting pre-registrations for Research in Motion’s inaugural BlackBerry 10-powered handsets. Bell and Rogers had earlier started offering pre-registration for the all-touch Z10 and the QWERTY keyboard-sporting X10, and a new report says that TELUS, Canada’s second-largest carrier, is now doing the same for its subscribers.
In addition to the X10 and Z10, TELUS is also accepting pre-registrations for a third device, a white phone not unlike the two-year-old HTC ChaCha, a device whose specifications scream “entry level” compared to today’s handsets. Details on this white-flavored BlackBerry 10 device are largely unknown, but Pop Herald speculates that it will be a “budget” alternative to the high-end Z10 and midrange X10. All three phones are expected to be revealed officially on January 30, a date that has been set aside for the long-awaited public launching of the BlackBerry 10 operating platform.
Pre-registration is not to be confused with pre-ordering, as this step does not guarantee consumers will be able to purchase the device of their choice and receive it in the mail once it is ready to ship. Rather, this will give subscribers a higher priority as compared to buyers who would rather make a purchase at a physical Bell, Rogers or TELUS store.
In America, the BlackBerry Z10 will reportedly be offered by both AT&T and Verizon, while news regarding the X10’s carrier availability has yet to emerge. Sprint and T-Mobile haven’t been in the news either with regards to BlackBerry 10 device availability, but there’s a good chance the new BB10 phones will be launched in the U.S. by more than just two carriers. T-Mobile, in particular, may be offering BlackBerry 10 devices, as the carrier’s MyAccount application has reportedly been sighted on the BlackBerry App World store.