BlackBerry Q5 available in Canada starting August 13th

By Adam Zeis on 30 Jul 2013 08:44 am EDT

The BlackBerry Q5 is a few weeks off of its initial release and will soon be available in Canada from Bell, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, TELUS and Virgin Mobile as well as retail stores like Best Buy Canada and Target (oddly no mention of Rogers). The Q5 will come in black and red models and will be available starting August 13th. 

In case you missed it, the Q5 is a full-QWERTY device featuring a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera and BlackBerry OS 10.1. 

Be sure to check out our full BlackBerry Q5 review if you're thinking about picking one up. Check out the full press release below.

Press Release

BlackBerry Q5 Smartphone Launches in Canada

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 30, 2013) - BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced that the newest BlackBerry® 10 smartphone, the BlackBerry® Q5 smartphone, will arrive in Canada on August 13, 2013. The new smartphone will be available from authorized partners Bell, Fido, Koodo, Sasktel, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile Canada, as well as retail stores Best Buy Canada, Future Shop, Target, TBooth Wireless, The Mobile Shop, The Source, Walmart, and WIRELESSWAVE, across the country.

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning, youthful design that radiates confidence. With its dual core 1.2GHz processor, vibrant touchscreen and 4G/LTE network support, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a smooth, fast and rich browsing experience. Its messaging and social networking features enable customers to have fun, create, share and stay connected, while on the move.

Available in two colour models in Canada - Black and Pure Red(i) - the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a powerful and unique mobile computing experience with its cutting-edge BlackBerry 10 functionality. Features and apps work seamlessly together, allowing customers to flow easily from one activity to the next. With its classic QWERTY keyboard re-engineered for optimized typing and its 3.1" touchscreen, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone gives you the best of both worlds.

Andrew MacLeod, Managing Director for Canada at BlackBerry said, "Canada is our home, and bringing the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone here is a testament to our strong partner support and ongoing commitment to delivering innovative technologies that enable Canadian enterprises and consumers to improve how they connect and communicate."

Offering superior business productivity features, market-leading enterprise security and a fast, effortless experience, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is a perfect mobility solution for any Canadian organization. For enterprise customers who want to upgrade to BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone is a powerful and cost-effective device to roll out across any organization.

The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone comes with BlackBerry 10 version 10.1. As part of the BlackBerry 10 experience, a peek into the BlackBerry® Hub lets you stay close to what's important to you without stopping what you're doing. Create the perfect shot every time with the camera Time Shift mode, tell your story using BlackBerry® Story Maker, and instantly share updates with friends on Facebook® and Twitter®. Use BBM™ Video with Screen Share to connect with contacts(ii), and visit the BlackBerry® World™ storefront to discover the more than 120,000 available apps.

For more information on the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone, please visit


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BlackBerry Q5 available in Canada starting August 13th


Canada is an "emerging market," eh? Sneering aside, at least this time BlackBerry's promise-breaking is to be welcomed.

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Not to be cynical, but the 9720 should have been available 2 years ago in emerging markets. The Q5 is what is needed now in emerging markets. I'm a shareholder, but I'm very concerned how the press will prey on this move to release a BB7 device today. It just shows little confidence in BB10. BlackBerry should be screaming the speed, performance, and many benefits of BB10 to the world!

9720 makes a good prepaid device where people don't like contracts or contracts are not the norm then you need a low end device. The 9720 makes a great refreshed 7.1 device and it will sell in those markets that prefer a full keyboard, bbm, and the Bis compression services. Many carriers offer special bbm plans because it is data efficient over their slower networks. In fact some carriers disable bbm video as they are concerned about data usage. Right now bb7 makes up more than 50 percent of blackberry's hardware shipments. I would not worry as the production costs of the bb10 hardware falls, you will see more low end devices offered. You may see Sony offer a bb10 device in Japan even.

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The Q5 or any BB10 phone will be painfully slow in emerging markets. Remember that many of these markets only have EDGE and are lucky to have 3G is some cities. Try switching your Z10 or Q10 to 2G and see what I mean.

RIM before it became BlackBerry and before the BB10 launch, they already stated that they will release one more BB7 device for Emerging Markets, because the demand is there and they can offer it for Free on a package deal.

32 million versus 300 million in Jersey.

Obvi Canada isn't an emerging market, but it's important to have a low cost device especially with the new wireless rules and ROBELLUS offering two year deals with the price of handsets that are completely going to screw the 18-25 demo.

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Yes, think teens and folks on a lower budget. The iPhone is quite expensive when you consider the 32GB iPhone is $299 on a 2 year contract. You can buy the Q5 for about $300 with no contract and add a 32 GB microSD card for only $25 more and get a device with 40 GB of storage! It's as fast as the iPhone 5, has features like NFC, and features a next generation OS.

Low end iPhone coming this Christmas for only 500 and many colours. Expect massive sales among the teens and tweens.

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Canada is a "SELECT" market, which is how BlackBerry has always termed the target for the Q5.

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

Ummm you did see the list of carriers it's coming to, right? Aside from Bell and Telus, hardly any of the premium carriers. The Big Three's budget subsidiary networks are listed, as well as a regional network (Sasktel.) This may be hard to grasp, but there are people in North America who can't afford the Tier I devices.

Actually if you want to nit pick, the post made perfect sense. But hey if you want to feel better about yourself...

Since when was the Q5 called for emerging markets? It was not, it was a mid-tiered device. C'mon people.

From what I've read the Q5 isn't a good fit for emerging markets - no BIS and price too high. That is why they still sell BB7 devices and are even coming out with a new device for BB7. Way to keep diluting your own platform!

They should have released the z5 touch first instead the q5. I understand BlackBerry needs to cater to the qwerty keyboard users but all touch phones is the way to go.

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There are enough mid-level cheap touchscreen devices, even ones that are pretty good. (nexus 4)

But very few mid-level QWERTY devices.
I think this was smart.

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Instead of the 9720, they should have released both the Z5 and Q5, but now they have to drop the price of the Z10 to fill that void.

This is fantastic! (What happened to the pink and white models?)

Now bring on BBM for iOS and Android so people will buy the Q5 !!

Pardon my language but BB management is the most idiotic one I have ever seen. Come on if you are launching the Q5 why not all 4 color options. You land up keeping just black and red :( Also why the hell its getting launched on 13th August and not immediately. There would be many BB Qwerty fans who want an affordable BB10 smartphone. Just can't believe when I saw 13th August. Seeing the press release I was like its launched and available at stores. Thought Canada was the home market and all carriers are very cooperative.

It is what the carriers are willing to stock, they really don't want to be stuck with 4 colours right away. You should see other colours offered after release as they alternative skus

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Why! My Z10 is black and I got tired of trying to find it so I bought a fantastic red flip case. The case comes in various colors. Buy a basic black phone and change the phone to whatever color that you want. Different color for every day of the week.

"The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard in a stunning, youthful design that radiates confidence. "

So what is the targeted market here? Youths who want to show confidence (I used to be a youth once and I don't remember wanting to show confidence) or people who want to look youthful but still be viewed as confident?

I know that by making a phone with lower specs, they hope to sell it cheaper and thereby put their brand in more hands, but I believe that this may be a fatally flawed I was browsing a website that sold phone accessories, the number of phones BlackBerry has offered over the past few years is astounding...i believe that this waters down the production and r+d support for the phones they have....look at the iPhone, only one phone every couple of years and with the only choice being the amount of memory, and that you pay dearly for, yet they sell very well and at a high cost..(my wife's iPhone cost twice what my z10 cost),however that allows them to produce and support their phones to the finite detail, and at a huge profit margin.
I also know that some people will say " but look at android phones, lots of different choices and they do well"....this is a completely different way of development and producion, ie many different companies producing different phones, not one company producing different phones...that being the case then perhaps a Motorola BlackBerry or an HTC BB would produce different results .

That being the case, I think BB will find itself constrained to a niche market, perhaps to the point of needing to sell their phones directly to consumers on a " built to order" basis, if they don't just go out of business all together.

Don't get me wrong, I think that their products are equal to or surpass any out there, and that they always have, but this marketing approach did not work before, and I fear it will fail again.

I truly hope not....long live BB...

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+1. They give the media things to talk about. I believe releasing a bb7 device is a bad idea. It's basically a device you launched 2 years ago with a slightly different exterior. I'm waiting to see the device that Thor said they're really excited about. I hope he wasn't talking about the A10.

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BlackBerry has said that it will have, at most, six new devices in the market at a time, so it looks like it agrees with your point. Keep in mind, though, BlackBerry was not the only company to try to blanket the entire market spectrum. Samsung released 58 Galaxy models in the past three years.and that company seems to be doing alright (source:

Desperate times call for desperate actions, this Q5 is nothing!
Is just BB doing giant steps back.

It's for the high school and university student markets. Students will never buy a Q10 - cannot afford. If they can price it right out of the door, they may get a winner. If they don't, well... too bad. Also something needs to replace those curves that for some reason are still being sold in the stores!!!

Ugh. I so wanted a Q5 to upgrade my 9300. Upgraded early to Z10 to avoid Telus' 2 year, $70 minimum monthly plan.

With lower than expected sales of their star phones, don't expect much from the Q5 in the Canadian market. I don't even think Grandmas would line up for this one.

It's a move in the right direction BBRY needs a cheaper phone to gain market share with an OS 10 device in North America, especially in the USA.

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Thanks God. We should honor leaders who changed their mind upon more facts at their disposal. Heins is such a leader.

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I signed up on blackberry website for Q5 info (with business email and personal email in case my emails get filtered). I even received a verification notice from BBRY. Waited, waited for an informative email from BBRY. Then came up all the info on bb website related with Q5. And retailers and carriers began selling it. Still no email from BBRY. State of the art marketing.

I wonder if the under-20 crowd is more interested in texting IMing vs gaming: for them cheap QWERTY phones seem perfect

Not a good move. But one they have to make in desperate.

The blunder is the small square screen of Q5 and Q10. If they had made the screen longer, they would have been a great hit.

Nice upgrade over the Bold 9900 for people who want a more cost effect upgrade...and to enter the bb10 ecosystem. A smart move. Your cheapest product usually holds the company up. Civic corolla etc.

Does the new Q10 come with Skype? I just saw a commercial and skype was on the phone.

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Do people forget that they used to sell the curve and bold in the same market here? Only back then I thought it was a dumb idea because everyone I knew bought the cheap one which was far worse. At least now they're pretty close performance wise.

I think this is a good idea and I want them to sell one in Crackberry orange. Way cooler than red

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Also ya I think pink would have been a better move over red. I showed photos of the pink one to some girls I know and they were gushing over it.

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Fully Agree, BlackBerry is not in the position to price the Q5 high, not yet.
I reality, the Q5 should have been released ASAP along side the Q10. Always release a High and Mid device at the same time to give people CHOICE.
You will quickly notice strong sales for each, because the people that wanted the Q10 but could not afford it would go for the Q5 for instance.

cannot begin to express how ugly that device is.. i'd rather starve for a month and save enough for a Q10.

It's good to see that BlackBerry will be offering the Q5 in Canada. I know many people who actually preferred the Curve-style keyboard and the lower cost of the device vs that of the Bold (and now the Q10); with any luck we will see those users jump over to the Q5 and increase BlackBerry 10 market share.

That new BB7 phone is for Emerging Markets. The Q5 was already released in the UK, the UK is not an Emerging Market. Anyhow, BBRY should have had the Q5 out as soon as it was launched in select markets. It should have been available everywhere, or at least North America, Europe, Africa and South America. QWERTY lovers that could not afford the Q10 would have purchased the Q5 IMO.