BlackBerry Q5 now available from O2 Germany

By Bla1ze on 4 Jul 2013 10:41 pm EDT

The BlackBerry Q5 keeps popping up in some random places around the world and now it's arrived in Germany courtesy of O2. Judging by the website, O2 opted to not pull in any of the color variants that the BlackBerry Q5 offers but instead went for the straight up black version only.

In terms of pricing, O2 in Germany has been know to always be a little on the higher side and right now they've set the Q5 at €389 with no contract but depending on what tariff you choose, you can get the price down to less than €20. 

There's a little something about the Blackberry Q5 that makes me want it. Nostalgia for that Curve keyboard, maybe? Deep down, I'm really hoping it ends up on Canadian carriers as a cheaper device so I can get one. I'm not gonna go importing one for some exorbitant amount but if I walked into a Rogers, Bell or TELUS store and it was sub $300 off contract, I'd buy one.

Learn more at the O2 Germany site

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BlackBerry Q5 now available from O2 Germany


389 EUR that's $500 US, isn't that kind of steep for a phone that's supposed to be a lower priced model. Right now the biggest growth in the smart phone industry is low priced phones. Blackberry needs to get the price of making this phone down.

Germany is too close to Switzerland, where a Q10 costs with the biggest carrier 899CHF... meaning 900+USD... if you buy off contract... 199CHF with 2y contract 169CHF per month... but if you go to a discount retailer you get the Q10 fir 649CHF

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While I agree the price is high, you should really stop comparing it to US and Canadian. It really makes no sense to compare the exchange rate lol. For example, the 16GB iPhone 5 cost 749, that's $965 USD.

Problem is - not the US or Canada but that the price is high relative to the market it is sold within - which is why if you summarize the reviews they are "OK phone but too expensive".

Don't forget that in Germany the sales tax is included which is 19% at the moment. And it listed with the MSRP. In one or two months most online resellers will sell it under 250€ I think. That's on par with most average Android devices.

Totally agree, I wish Canadian carriers will get it eventually. Of course not now since they follow their non-cheap devices strategy, but maybe one day.

Or maybe they will surprise us? 6 devices this year: Z, Q, Q, A, BB7 and... ?

Or they were talking about fiscal year.

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This device looks great but it needs to be a freebie on a term upgrade or new act. They desperately need an affordable entry level device right now.

Wait a little bit and the price will go down. Look at the price of Z10 now in many markets has decreased.
Hoping BBRY will release a high end phone to bring margins back up, and drop of the price of the Q10 also. Once the Q10 drops in price, the Q5 will be much less expensive. Q5 will always be priced lower. Then release the Q6 and Q11.

When the A10 arrives this will push the price down.

BlackBerry are not working hard enough for the customer base. Forget 'moving forward ' and start pushing forward

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I hope they don't wait till A10 at year end to drop the price of Q5. By then, the target market for Q5 would have all moved to the cheaper Android offerings.

In order to improved typing experience, BlackBerry and the European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c". Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy.

Also, the hard "c" will be replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20 per sent shorter.

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.

Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.

By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by " v".

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.

Und efter ze fifz yer, ve vil al be speking German like zey vunted in ze forst place....

Enjoy your new Q5. Well, OK... in German

From a French guy.

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Hahahah. Me, as a German dude, would appreciate that. Sanks so matsch, they schud take it ceriosli.

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Thanks for the laugh! Hope you don't mind but I cut and pasted your comment and emailed it to my German brother in law. It will likely get passed on to the rest of his family too.

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

Also companies doing business in Europe will also be required to adapt their company and product name to suit the new agreement.
For example;
BlackBerry will become: BlakBery
iPhone will become: iFun ;)

Ok, so if these are NOT coming to the states, but I buy an unlocked UK version, will it still have "US English" as an option during setup? Or will I have to choose "UK English" and then have to tolerate the predictive text trying to spell out "pip pip," "cheerio," "wanker," and "bullocks" everytime I hit the "p, c, w, or b" key?

Your predictive keyboard will have five years to adapt, so progressively replacing words.

But most important, BlackBerry Q series devices will then see a cost decrease by requiring less physical letters ;)

Sometimes it's better to go on the funny side.

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The Q10 is currently priced at 649 EUR at O2 Germany. But it is much cheaper in other stores. Lowest price is around 500 EUR now. That's 150 EUR off the current O2 price.
Assuming you take these 150 EUR off the current Q5 price at O2's then you will arrive at about 240 EUR for the Q5 in other stores. Maybe not today or next week but in a couple weeks.

The Q10 price needed some time to drop in Germany. But it went down day by day a little.
When the Q10 initially hit the German market it was priced as high as 720 EUR and now we are at 500 EUR.

I think 400 EUR for the Q10 and 200 EUR for the Q5 would be an sensible level to gain more market share for BlackBerry since they would sell more devices then.

Yeah, Z10 started at 629 euro at launch on Amazon, now it's less than 500. Same with q10, a bit more than 500, although obviously it's the cash cow, because on tmobile contract, Z10 is 29, and Q10 is 129, on the same tariff.

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Only thing I don't like about the z10 is ppl think it's an iPhone so I would like to get keyboard type phone to show the public blackberry still sells.

Posted via White BlackBerry Z10 baby

Lol yeah it does kinda looks like the back of the iPhone 5 but I've never had any one come up to me and say "nice iPhone" Lol.....

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BlackBerry will get numbers from India and their not launching it here. I have friends waiting for the launch.

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As a 21 year old student who considered buying this phone....well not anymore. I'm not harvesting money like leaves from a tree to be able to buy that.

Hey guys, you can't just convert the euro price into Dollar... you have also to take a look at the BIG MAC INDEX
So in this case the Q5 will cost 432,90 US$

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To be fair: German retail prices all include (!) a sales tax of 19% - without sales tax price would be 326 which is aprox. 420 USD.

I guess the people of Germany wont mind such a steep price tag but if the pricing is same as $500 or plus in India I bet they wont even sell 10,000 units of Q5.

Hope this never comes to North America. BlackBerry would do better here staying higher end with the professional users as a primary target.

That said, BlackBerry may do it as they need all the sales they can get these days.

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Almost 400 Eur.-. Good luck with sales.
So, what is your market share target in Europe, Mr.Heins? Moderate 0.5% or more ambitious 0.1%?

I thought the Q5 was intended for 'emerging markets' as a lower priced offering with slightly reduced specifications. UK and Germany.....hmmmm.....I think BB marketing research needs a reboot along with with a few other things

I won't comment Q5 pricing or marketing because I think it was said enough in here. There is another thing which caught my eyes. According to this article O2 Germany offers Q5 ONLY in black version.

Is it decision of O2 or just another sign of (in)capability of BBRY management? I'm citizen of another European country (not Italy) and customer of O2. I want switch to WHITE Q10 but O2 offers Q10 only in BLACK. Same for Z 10 – only in black. I will have to negotiate with my carrier to get the white version for me.

There are many people who buy their device on the carrier's site. There are many people who are not aware of existence of some (new) BlackBerry. There are many people who are tired of black colour. Why BBRY just won't offer these people their beautiful white/red/.. devices on carrier's (O2) site?

And please don't blame it on BBRY's "special relationship" with Vodafone/Verizon.

I have already the Z10 but I will buy a white one when price drops under 300 €

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I agree!
"There's a little something about the Blackberry Q5 that makes me want it. Nostalgia for that Curve keyboard, maybe? Deep down, I'm really hoping it ends up on Canadian carriers as a cheaper device so I can get one. I'm not gonna go importing one for some exorbitant amount but if I walked into a Rogers, Bell or TELUS store and it was sub $300 off contract, I'd buy one."

I do believe BlackBerry needs to drop the price enough to ensure they get pushed into customers hands. I think a fair price would be approx: 349 EUR or slightly less. Though in the US and Canada, no more than $249 IMO or free with a 2 year contract.