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BlackBerry Q5 also now available from ShopBlackBerry in the U.S.

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By James Richardson on 20 Mar 2014 05:00 am EDT
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We posted yesterday that the BlackBerry Z30 had at last shown up in ShopBlackBerry for U.S. customers. It looks like it wasn't the only BlackBerry 10 device to now become available to purchase SIM free as the Q5 is also there ready for you to order. 

The SIM free Q5 is priced at $349.00 which is certainly cheaper than ShopBlackBerry in the UK are offering, however on this side of the pond we have a whole host of retailers that will sell you the Q5 for a more reasonable price - roughly the same as what BlackBerry are charging in the U.S. 

It may not be the king of BlackBerry 10 devices, but it does the job and if you are looking to purchase SIM free without breaking the bank the Q5 is well worth considering. 

You can pick up the BlackBerry Q5 in black, red, pink or white. 

Order the BlackBerry Q5 from ShopBlackBerry

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BlackBerry Q5 also now available from ShopBlackBerry in the U.S.

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Pikachu! I choose you!

Posted via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...SON! (Soon to be the almighty Z30!)

Glad to see another device available to more people. However I am glad I got my Q5 through the Kodoo deal a few weeks ago.

Posted via CB10

I wish it was $299. My wife loves the pink one. She kinda wants one instead of her iPhone. I may still get one.

Posted via CB10

I'd take a red one as a little burner for the beach or rainforest, so I can leave my Q10 at hone.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

The BlackBerry Q5 is not a disposable burner phone. If you want a drug dealer burner phone buy a USD50.00 device.

Posted via the BlackBerry Q5 using CB10.

Come on, the plastic looks cheap, non-removable battery, and only 8GB. The Q10 is premium (glass weave, stainless steel frets, and stainless steel frame).

If I want the BB10 keyboard experience, the Q5 is the only option as a cheap(er) "burner" phone for outdoorsy activities.

My business depends on my Q10, so taking it to the jungle, the beach or to go fishing on a boat is a risk (sure I backup the data).

I have several Gingerbread touchscreens, but they are rather rubbish, and I don't like my data / contacts on Android.

(I didn't like that drug dealer reference, I said where it's gonna be "burned", but you might have just been poking fun, :-) )

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Good news! I consider buying another phone and would be pleased to buy it direktly from BB one day!

Posted via my BlackBerry*Q10, Germany - SQN100-3, Running OS 10.2.1.2102

Should be priced at $199 or else the q5 has no appeal. At that price it's makes more sense to spend the extra $150 and get the z30. I don't understand BlackBerry's pricing strategies sometimes. In Canada Koodo was selling them for $150 off contract.

Posted via CB10

BlackBerry's pricing scheme can only be explained as an LSD-induced fantasy. I still doubt the BlackBerry Z3 will really be a low-cost smartphone. To the executive-class a smartphone priced at USD350.00 is low-cost and affordable for the "low-income markets."

Posted via the BlackBerry Q5 using CB10.

Where do ppl get the idea kodoo sells the Q5 off contract for 150$ you still need to take a monthly plan. It's not outright purchase.

Posted via CB10

Yes it is. I bought mine outright. Typing from it now! Has replaced my Z10 as my daily driver.

Posted via CB10

I just checked. Q5 was listed at $300 prepaid / outright retail. Otherwise please post a link, sure there are a few people interested....

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

You need to clear cookies, and use ONtario. Only the ONtario price is $150, if you log in with another state it's $300?? Or am I totally wrong? :-)

http://koodomobile.com/en/on/index.shtml

Tap or click on Phones. Says retail price $150.

Use / click on Prepaid, and it's retail price $300:

https://shop.koodomobile.com/phones/prepaid/index.html

Anyone make sense of it? Maybe it's not the state. No drama to make myself look like a fool, but getting that little phone for a $150 is worth it. ;-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

I'd probably still by a used Q10 or refurbished at this price. Nice to see it available though. Any by passing of US carriers is good in my book

Posted via CB10

I might be wrong. Correction here:

Different price, depends on whether you click on "Phones" or on "Prepaid". See my post above.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

why not ALL devices WORLDWIDE!?!?

Posted with my Z10 or Z30! ..mostly on my Q10. ..while I wait for a BB slider.

At that price they gonna sell in single digits! BBRY should take a loss on it and get rid of the Q5 inventory as fast as they can to grab some market share.

Like many others here, I think it should be $199 at most. The Z3 better be below $200!

Posted from my Z10 via CB10

I bought a Q5 for $150 at Koodo. For that price, it's an absolutely fantastic deal. $350 is just too high. Assuming Koodo wasn't selling at a loss at $150, BlackBerry really ought to persuade resellers to drop the price. I can't imagine being disappointed on the Q5 at $150 and it brings it in line with other excellent, low-priced devices such as the Moto G and Nokia Lumia 520.

It's clear that BlackBerry can compete at the mid to low-end, they really ought to!

They must have sold a lot of them! I ordered one and they tell me they're back ordered from BlackBerry and have no idea when they'll get them in.

Posted via CB10

Have you been a Koodo customer before? Do you have an active contract?

Do you need to be living in Canada? Can you tell us a bit more how you got it? Store? Online order? What did you click?

Thanks for clarification.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Honestly I'm a blackberry advocate all the way and I have the z30 and z10 and I always convert people and I love blackberry to the bone but this nonsense pisses me off....how can you have the q5 the lowest end of your phones priced at $349 and the z10 which is mid tier and a much better phone priced lower at 299 that makes absolutely no sense......this is the crap that pisses me off about blackberry decisions sometimes man....that phone should be no more than $249....who is going to buy a q5 at 349??!? when be the z30 is 150 more or the z10 which is 10 bucks less unless you are a hard core keyboard fan this is nonsense......change the damn price blackberry make it lower....you can even get the q5 at koodo for 150....if someone lived in Buffalo they could drive to Toronto....buy the phone and come back and still save money....

Please people vote up my idea for dropping the price at

Blackberry.icanmakeitbetter.com check the popular section I'm Anthony Roberts with the most votes and vote up that idea...and also check my other ideas....

Posted via CB10

I wonder how many people would agree that the Z10 is a much better handset than the Q5? Just interested...

Posted via CB10

Wow! I can't believe they would try to sell THAT phone at THAT price here.

They must be simply trying to get rid of as much inventory as they can.

If they sold 3 at that price I'd be shocked.

Another epic misjudged campaign by these guys.

wow! that is just waaaay too overpriced...cant imagine a person who would buy it for 350. no wonder nobody buys Q5. blackberry should really reconsider their selling policy

Thanks for the link, but this re-directs to Shop Blackberry.com, bbryus. I looked into this a while ago, and if you click on any of the devices - it is ship to US addresses only.

The Z10 can be sold cheaper because BlackBerry already took a massive inventory write down on it.

And the comments people about spending $150 more for this phone or that - my brother sold phones once - people wouldn't even part with $25 to upgrade to a better phone. Is everyone like this? No, but I'm sure there are some people out there looking for a physical keyboard phone but can't justify the extra for a Q10

Posted via CB10

The pricing is completely wrong. Why would I pay $350 for a Q5 when I can get a Z10 for $299 outright? With the reduced features this should be a $150-$200 phone.

Posted via CB10

I paid $100 less for mine on Amazon but they only had the black and white one for that price. Never saw the pink and the red one was like $500+. Good thing I wanted the black one!

Posted via CB10

Good move, better late than never (for now- JC needs to make BlackBerry more consistent)

Posted via secure bb10.2.1.2102

Until BlackBerry writes off the Q5 inventory there is no point in selling them for a loss. On the other hand since the Z10 inventory has already been written off they can sell those at any price.

Foxconn needs to come out with a Q3 announcement so BlackBerry can write off the Q5s and sell them just like they are trying to get rid of Z10 inventory prior to the Z3(jarkaeta) launch.

Posted via CB10

The Q5 was my first BB10 device and I love it. It's a great everyday workhorse and does the job for which it was designed.

Posted via CB10

I Just hope they cut the price on the z30 to half as they did with the z10 last year on Black friday. That's how I got my z10 at bargain price of $199 :)

Posted via CB10

Why on earth would I pay $350 for a Q5 when I can get a Z10 $299. Glad to see they are selling direct from BlackBerry, but the Q5 needs to have a $199 price tag in my opinion.

Via The BlackBerry Z10 Experience.

Agree with others that a price of sub $200 makes it a happy bargain but anything in excess of $250 is getting too steep. It's an awesome phone following in the footsteps of the traditional really well put together BlackBerry workhorse.

Posted via CB10

I bought Q5 in uk £230 the £150 deals in uk are for White ones but seem to be very limited numbers as always "unavailable "but black and red at£235. Don't get me wrong the Q5 is a wonderful phone and i loved it till it fell into my labradors water bowl and the touch screen stopped working so i got, Z10 for same price? But now you can get Z10 s for around?£150 . The whole BB10 saga has suffered from Hiens and co's ridiculous over pricing at release and needs to be sorted out once and for all because how can BlackBerry be taken seriously when the entry level phone costs more than the higher end handsets. No wonder carriers can't be bothered. Has anyone else noticed how punchable Hiens's fat nose looks. Thank god he's gone but John Chen has a massive task and i pray it turns round for him because if he can't do it no one can!

Tapping and flicking on my Zed 10

Far too expensive, an unlocked nexus 5 is $349 unlocked and it has a 1080p display quad-core processor and all the latest and greatest. My opinion is charge $149 for it and make the z30 $349.

Posted via CB10

I can get an amoled device with faster CPU for that money. Not bb10, ok, but this is ~$100 too expensive ...

Sad...

Posted via CB10

It's a pricing strategy that I don't agree with but I understand.

Sell as many Q5's as possible at this price to recoup development costs etc, then release the budget Z worldwide at the $150 price point and drop the price on the Q5 accordingly to move out the remaining stock.

This strategy only makes sense if they plan to release the budget Z globally, but knowing BlackBerry common sense isn't too common and anything is possible.

As Canadians they always play it safe and lose, it's a cultural thing.

Posted via CB10