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BlackBerry Z3 confirmed for India next week

BlackBerry Z3
By Simon Sage on 19 Jun 2014 08:24 am EDT
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Following an initial launch in Indonesia BlackBerry CEO John Chen confirmed earlier reports that the Z3 would launch in India next week during today's quarterly conference call. We'll see if that June 25 date pans out. BlackBerry teased just yesterday that additional markets are on the way.

India is a huuuuuuuuge market, and the perfect place for a low-cost smartphone like the BlackBerry Z3. For those unfamiliar, be sure to read our full BlackBerry Z3 review to get the gist of what it's all about.

How many of our readers are based in India? Would you guys buy a Z3 if it was launched in your area?

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BlackBerry Z3 confirmed for India next week

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You mean less educated one?
Not stereotyping, but we're talking about Apple here

Black Z30 STA100-2 (early bird), Android convert

"India is a huuuuuuuuge market" - true... unfortunately, it has also huuuuuuuge competition starting from iOS, Android and Windows phones...

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IOS? Where did you hear that. The iphone 5S costs 51k rupees, which is 850. They also sell 4s, 5 and 5c here but everything is more expensive that the z10. Even motorola might be selling more phones than apple now I think.

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The Z3 seems a good device. But it's not (quite) a "low-cost" device. At $189USA (£149GBP) unlocked it's getting there and might be competitive. But with the Moto G available at £129GBP and the Moto E available at £89GBP and the ZTE Open C available at £69GBP (all unlocked prices then it appears slightly expensive.

What do you think?

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Except that Moto-G and Moto-E are available only on Flipkart.com exclusively and not in stores..!! no one buys ZTE here in India. Typical Indian doesn't even know ZTE and budget crowd prefer to buy phones from shops rather than buying them online..!! The only tough competitor to Z3 will be Micromax phones, an Indian company who gives out quality high end phones at comparatively cheaper price.

Finally an entry level phone for India. At the targeted range of Rs. 10,000 - 12,000, there are only Samsungs & Nokias. The launch is quite late but I remember when there was price drop for all BlackBerry 10 phones some months ago, they sold like hotcakes. I see a similar situation here. I'm happy with my Z10 for now. Waiting for BlackBerry Passport!!

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The Z3 is the perfect backup phone. I would get it just in case I drop my primary phone 1 too many times. Blackberrys are made like tanks, but I'm very rough on my electronics

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Yes I already recommended to my friends. They are waiting for the same from April for big screen with low cost

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Already have Z30... but it will be better choice for the consumer in that price range..

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Hi Simon I am from India. Being a Blackberry addict I shall surely buy this phone. But in this price range of Rs 12,000 to 14,000 Indian Rs there is a lot of competition from Android devices with a far better camera, processor and other specs like display. I am not saying that Z3 wont sell well but it just wont fly off the shelf. In India now a Z10 is Rs 14,500/- which has far better specs and was launched as a premium phone for Rs 43,000 (Maddness). So many Z10 and Q10 buyers know and have had a very bad experience of how fast the value of their phones eroded. That apart my only fear is Z3 shall surely do well and Blackberry needs to get 10.3 extremely fast so Indian users have no App-Gap complains via Amazon. I wish Blackberry like they did for Indonesia of having some MOST POPULAR local apps pre installed done the same with Indian apps. That said one more negative is lack of marketing power from Blackberry that many Z3 competition have. Lets see how it goes. Personally I have just one putoff from the Z3 is the camera.

Else Indians are mad about LOW PRICES 5 Inch and Plus screen phones...I can guarantee you that.

Blackberry need not to go out of the way in marketing its brand. I suggest, just sponsor any Indian cricket team's future tournament and then see the surge in sales. may be Champions league T20 or next IPL just handover a new phone to the player of the match along selected blackberry power fan. That's it.

Have Z30.. but wil buy for friends and cousin... its awesome phone.. but price will be abt 18k.. price should be below 13k... coz not me but maximum indians habitual for dual sim.. so there has option in 12k moto g.. but BlackBerry 10.3 os is really awesome and butter smooth.. BlackBerry india do marketing and price should be below 13k... as i heard mrp will be 19900/-

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I want an HighEnd phone. Z3 is a little LowEnd for me. But i Love the fact that BB thought about The people who can't afford High budget phones.

I Also want an Z10 flagship phone.. Cuz i dont like big phones. Thats the main reason i still use the Z10 and not the Z30. The size of the Z10 I Love and if you look at the screen there is enough space left for a bigger screen on the Z10.

I think it's gonna do pretty well here. People (at least the Fandroids and Fanbois I am surrounded by) at least already know about it (unlike the Zs and the Qs at start), and the competition at the entry level doesn't offer the newness of BlackBerry 10. So, with a little nudge on the marketing side, it could do well here.

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I am not downgrading myself from my Z30, but will definitely gift this to my dad, who has asked me to buy him a new Moto G.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Already have a Q10. But I hope the Z3 does really well. Don't want blackberry to stop making handsets before I upgrade to BlackBerry classic.

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First off, pretty much great news all round today for #TeamBlackBerry and I'm excited about that! For my 2nd device I would love too have a BB Passport so I can have the latest and greatest OF! but also for the fact its the most innovative smartphone to come to market in a long time and to show people why BlackBerry is the king of QWERTY and what there missing out on!

I am happy with my Z10 but I think the Z3 should do quite well at this price point...They really should do some advertising though...

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India really is a good place for BlackBerry to regain its market share...however marketing is still a major concern...hope to see a couple of advertisements on TV and in the papers after the Z3 launch

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I am waiting for it for last 3 months.. for my wife who will switch from Curve.

Hope the device doesn't disappoint.
Meanwhile I pity the dudes who don't purchase Z10 for the price they are selling now. I bought Z10 for full price a year back and still find it worth the money.

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I'm happy with my Z30 perhaps buy one Z3 for my sister, she is really frustrated with the Torch 9800 often waiting to load every time she opens any app.

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To all people in India out there I just want to know that if there's a big advertising event out there for the Z3? Ex. Seeing in commercial on the TV? Or in bussines news? Radio?

Powered by Q10 Philippines :-)

Of course it will be a hit in India. And if it's priced reasonably well then it will further penetrate deep in the market.

Z30 - Aim High, Deliver Higher.

No, there is no advertisement whatsoever, on the other hand samsung has been so wide spread with advertising S5 here in India.
I don't even see a single hoarding for BlackBerry.
People don't even know that Z30 has arrived in Indian market, its a shame that such brilliant phone is lacking behind just because of vague strategies from BlackBerry.
Nonetheless I shifted to BlackBerry from android and I am in live with my Z30, the phone deserves much more.

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Same here in Philippines no one knows that they have z30. I hope BlackBerry need a big advertisement like what they did in Indonesia. They have commercial too for the z3, now in India no one at all? How they can make sales in Z3? Will see what happened.

Powered by Q10 Philippines :-)

Moreover..all the stores push to sell Nokia devices. Nokia is going all out to push out Blackberry in India

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Samsung is the the new nokia now, Nokia ruled Indian market until 2010 since then its been samsung and iphone.
Nokia was never able to compete in the range of smart phones here in India .
For last 5 6 months I am able to see Nokia lumia phones with people but believe me they were extinct from 2011 through 2013.

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Have Z30.. but wil buy for friends and cousin... its awesome phone.. but price will be abt 18k..

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No man, no advertisement whatsoever, I read a newspaper a while back that Z3 is about to launch in India, that's it. There has to be some advertisement.

If any other phone manufacturer would have had paratek antenna they would have sold 1 million phones just by advertising this fact.

I see some people saying that BlackBerry has to have high specs and all but my dear friends the OS of this phone is so well designed that it doesnt need that much hardware.

BlackBerry just has to start advertising..Period.

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This will never be hit in INDIA, despite the fact of very low price, reason?? .... very poor quality of advertising.... lack of awareness.... still many of the Indians don't know that BlackBerry has evolved to BlackBerry 10... I have BlackBerry Z30 since its launch in INDIA, love it like anything, best BlackBerry I have ever used, brilliant OS . As a Die Hard BlackBerry fan want it to grow a lot in INDIA, but as usual BlackBerry won't market it properly.

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And when they gonna reduce the pricing for the Z30 to a more sensible level? 2 month used ones are still commanding a premium and BNIB is crazily priced

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I would say that's a good sign if the used ones are commanding a premium. Samsung doesn't lose its value a lot in the used market. It means there is demand for the phone

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I do have a Q10, n wont be lookin for Z3, nor even for classic; ya passport may tempt me at a later date..

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Just booked mine @ BlackBerry experience store today. Retailers are getting it by 28th. 11,000 INR is the MRP for Z3.

Absolutely... two BlackBerry 's for me... damn... I will even buy a new SIM card... :))

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Going to use my Z30 to its last breath. And then buy something fresh off the market.
Hope the Z3 does great.

Black Z30 STA100-2 (early bird), Android convert

Hoping a version hits North America.

Brought to you by my: Z30 (STA100-1FTW) / Z10 (STL100-3) / Q5 (SQR100-1) / Q10 (SQN100-1)

I am based out of India however not planning to buy the Z3. As long as it is not priced more than 12k (Approx. 200 USD and cheaper than Moto G), I think prospects are good. Real trump card would, "RUNS ANDROID APPS TOO" message visible on every bit of promotional material including the retail packaging. But technically they cant do that until 10.2.1 MR arrives I guess.

If you want to sell Z3 in large numbers then you have to advertise that BlackBerry 10 OS does not require dedicated BlackBerry data plans but, any plan on their earlier phone would do. A loud and direct message should be sent out. People still think that I am using BlackBerry plans on my Z10. This is the biggest fear that is holding back sales.

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Yes that one rumor is all over here in India. People don't know that without any specific data plans or wifi they can still use each nd every bit of the fone. A must advertise thing.

Lovin' my Z10

I wish I hadn't bought a lumia for my wife recently:( Z3 would have been the first choice without second thoughts

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I'm waiting for BlackBerry passport n blackberry classic... z3 is good but now I have z10 so I'm happy with it.. but I will recommend my friends to buy z3

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The price will be the decider. Around 10k~12k INR,expect good to very good sales. If priced around 15k, it will be a tough sell.

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BlackBerry definitely needs to do very good marketing/advertising and not just low cost phones in order to grab the market share.
At the moment, what I feel is its just people who follow BlackBerry are aware of the products and the new OS.

Too happy with my Z10...it's beautiful and symmetrical...would only buy the true successor to Z10 Iff it looks like Z10 and is symmetrical

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Since the Indian market is huge, it is imperative for Blackberry to provide language support (reading and writing both) in major Indian languages like Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada etc. Right now there is only Hindi keyboard available. Their competitors like Samsung, LG are already doing it. If Blackberry wants to capture the rural market then they need to think seriously about writing support in different Indian languages.

Yeah...definetly want to purchased Z30....currently using Z10...m loving it....just wating fr updation in Z Series more... All The Very Best !!!rgds N.T

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Z3 will work in indian market,it will compete with other phone like new lenovo s660, micromax canvas series etc ,
But i doubt about Z5 in indian market, it's not necessary.

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Hi guys, I was introduced in India by BlackBerry by curve, bold...i still have BlackBerry Curve as the experience what I got from it is just awesome.
Today I have BlackBerry Z10 and very happy after 10.2 update.
Still BlackBerry lacking in camera & Battery life. app is not a constrain for me.
I hope Z3, if ful fill the basic things if launching at high price say 20k will be huge hit, otherwise if launch at low prices the BlackBerry name is itself enough to tackle the Indian market.

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Hi, Keeping an eye on the Z3 since it was launched in Jakarta. I personally found it different than Androids and Lumias. In this price range it has everything big like big on Size-5 inch, Big Screen Resolution-qHD, Big on Battery-2500mAh, Big on RAM-1.5GB.
Blackberry you Rocks....I'll definitely buy it.

Z3 gonna definitely rock in India... will be back to form in Indian market sooner... a big change in ppl who are swimming in Samsung(useless)... couple of my friends are eagerly waiting for the release to grab it on first day.... BlackBerry always rocks!!!
- posted via my amazing BlackBerry z10!!!

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