The BlackBerry Z3 arrives in Saudi Arabia

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By James Richardson on 27 Aug 2014 06:52 am EDT
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It was only a few days ago that we reported about the BlackBerry Z3 hitting retailers in Singapore and once again the latest low cost BlackBerry 10 device is rolling out in another country - this time Saudi Arabia.

Priced at SR799 the Z3 is slowly gaining traction globally, although we are still to hear on when we will see the LTE variant become available. For the countries where 4G is not commonly used or not available the Z3 is a fantastic choice when it comes to deciding on a new smartphone - whether you are currently a BlackBerry user or not.

Mohammed Al-Mefleh director product management BlackBerry Middle East told Arab News: "We have been very successful in the Saudi market and with Z3 smartphone we wish to consolidate our position among the budget or affordable device segment in high-growth emerging market of the Kingdom after our successful campaign in Indonesia as we have a significant customer base here."

Pointing out its features he noted that the Z3 extends the BB10 platform to a new generation of customers in the region offering them more ways to connect share and be productive with an experience built on reliable communications.

"Z3 features a stylish design with a 5" touch display an unrivalled messaging and typing experience exceptional battery life equipped with BB10 OS version and is Android app compatible' he noted.

Thinking of picking up the BlackBerry Z3? Be sure to check out our extensive review first.

Reader comments

The BlackBerry Z3 arrives in Saudi Arabia

74 Comments

it's a great phone with good design and performance,i' m using it one month already and I don't see any difference with q10 or z10...

Posted via CB10

Nice, if I had opportunity, I will do the same. Sabe qual o modelo de Z30 para a Vivo Brasil? STA100-2 ou 100-5?

799 SAR translates in around 217US$. Quiet a decent price if you ask me. It is nice to see this phone really spreading around. Hopefully is the demonstration that is selling decently. BB10 needs to reach a critical mass of user to have some chances to battle with iOS, Android and Windows...

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If it's 217 in Saudi then it's less in Singapore and more expensive in Egypt and it was released to Egypt first.
And if it is priced in Saudi at 250 as it is in Egypt, paying 250 for Saudi Arabia people is a peace of cake and this statement is not true for the Egyptians

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$250 is not piece of cake in Saudi Arabia anymore. Unemployment is very high among Saudis and most young generation which make the majority of the population are on welfare. Foreigners, western and eastern, can buy this easy because they are highly paid. Still, this is a good price for the young but surely not piece if cake.

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Compare to the situation in Egypt is a peace of cake, even foreign students with scholarship there are highly paid more than that of Egypt

Love my Z10 looking for its successor or go for Z30 when the price is right for me

Wasn't this phone supposed to be sold for less than $200? If it comes to North America with the LTE radio it will probably have to be $0 on a two year contract in order to gain any traction.

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Some one should put Z3 availability countries on World map and then ....smile.

Lol, they are covering 3rd world countries super fast. Aptly named as Z3

Prem,i still stand by what I said.....did know mods were all that sensitive

 experience the power of BlackBerry 10 

Yeah, I don't support censorship either, but it's their site, and it could easily de-rail things...

*Shrug*

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

I'm glad it did, even though I didn't see it but I just hate when people act so smart and think they know everything about politics.

Posted via CB10

Is this phone ever going to be available in the United States? I don't need a 4G version. I just need a new phone for my daughter to replace her Samsung Galaxy S3 that keeps crashing when she uses it for anything besides texting and calls

Still stuck on T-Mobile USA 10.2.1.2228 :(

Very competitive price! When the Z10 and Q10 first release here they were priced at around $690 and $720, respectively. Hopefully this low pricing scheme will follow for the Classic and Passport.

Pricing Z10 at 690 USD was too expensive and now it's around $230 and you can still get it less I got mine $199. Now I want Z30 and waiting for $299 before I make a move when that happen at amazon or blackberry website

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I still would like to see them release it in the U.S. as well. It should go to every market. It's the best way to get BB10 into more hands. People would be more willing to try it when it's so cheap compared to other phones. Once people go BB10, I doubt most would go elsewhere.

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Every day this Z3 arrives somewhere.
Why not just ship it everywhere and be done with it?
Does the iPhone arrive in a different country every 2 weeks for a year or do they just release it?

I'm not being a smart ass I just don't understand the almost daily "Z3 arrives.." articles.

Then again I don't understand the "how to turn your phone on with the Z3" articles either.

Z30STA100-5/10.3.0.1052 /T-Mobile USA

Apple always make things simple as it can get, you can deduce that from their products and services. Apple releases a phone a year, even last year it did release a phone 5c is the same as iPhone 5 in a different uniform. How many phone BlackBerry released 2013 and how many will we yet to see this year 2014.
I don't like Android and never like the way Samsung releasing devices. The reason I like my Z10 is because not far from iPhone look and the reason I like BB10 is more secure than Android, if I would have to run android apps that should be on BB10

Love my Z10 looking for its successor or go for Z30 when the price is right for me

Well the HUGE difference is that BlackBerry can actually make a profit off the Z3 at that price. While they are able to offer the Z10 for 200$ only because they wrote the inventory off loosing 1B (billion!!!) $ on it....

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So how much is Z30 then?

Love my Z10 looking for its successor or go for Z30 when the price is right for me

Officially now from STC :SR1800 Zain; SR1500
2nd hand in excellent condition (with box all and the accessory) SR1100 to SR800
لكن يبيلك طولة بال لأنه بتمر على كل المحلات إلين ما تلاقي إللي من جد نظيف وبكامل أغراضه

Thanks, if Z30 second hand or refurbished could be gotten at 1000 to 800 that is fantastic

Love my Z10 looking for its successor or go for Z30 when the price is right for me

Philippines: got it!
Indonesia : got it!
Saudi Arabia: got it!

USA... Will think about it.!

" Initiated from my QNX10 "

I hope blackberry here in saudi arabia will sell some blackberry accessories. Like, spare batteries and case..case here is not good looking.

Posted via CB10

If they roll out the Z30 the same way they are bringing the Z3 there are going to be a LOT of ticked off customers. Well they'll probably be X customers then....

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They don't have 4G/LTE in KSA?
I could be wrong but I think people there would probably be more interested in something like the Z30 or even passport/classic.

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STC: LTE 2300MHz
Mobily: LTE 2600MHz
Zain: LTE 1800MHz and 2600MHz
there are many people here in KSA looking for the equivalent to the good old BlackBerry 8520 and that's where the Z3 will shine
Cheers!

Again close to $200 US ($213) which is great. Which again means to me that the early pricing in far less developed countries with emerging markets was a complete failure.

Z3 in Antarctica tomorrow.
Z3 on Gilligan's Island next week. The professor made a bike to ride to charge the battery.

Z30STA100-5/10.3.0.1052 /T-Mobile USA

Saudi friends can now enjoy the unique BlackBerry experience at a very affordable price. Z3 is definitely value for money.

From my Z30 Device using 10.3.0.1052