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Rogers BlackBerry Q10 to be available in both black and white on the 2600 MHz LTE spectrum

By Adam Zeis on 9 Apr 2013 09:04 am EDT
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Rogers sent us a quick note to let us know that the BlackBerry Q10 will be available for purchase "in the coming weeks". They will be the first to offer up the Q10 on the 2600 MHz LTE spectrum in Canada. The Q10 will be available in both black and white for $199 on a three-year plan. 

As we've seen, we expect the Q10 to be officially available for purchase at the end of the month, but you can pre-order now from Rogers and other carriers if you want to stay ahead of the game. 

Keep reading for the full press release.

Press Release

BlackBerry Q10 to run on 2600 MHz spectrum with Rogers LTE - Canada's fastest wireless internet

Rogers to be the first Canadian carrier to offer the BlackBerry Q10 in white

TORONTO, April 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications, Canada's leading diversified communications and media company, today announced it will be the first Canadian carrier to offer the new BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone enabled to run on a 2600 MHz LTE spectrum, the fastest wireless internet band available in Canada. The BlackBerry Q10 will be available in both black and white, and Rogers customers will have access first to the white colour model.

Powered by the Rogers LTE network, Canada's fastest wireless internet, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will enable Canadians to do more with their device such as watch live sports in HD, download large files quickly and stream music at faster speeds. The smartphone's physical QWERTY keyboard and touch screen with the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform will help customers communicate and collaborate faster and more efficiently.

"Being a Rogers customer means you have access first to what's next in mobile technology. We're excited to be the first to offer Canadians a choice of the black or limited-time exclusive white BlackBerry Q10, enabled to run on our blazing fast 2600 MHz LTE spectrum," said John Boynton, executive vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer, Rogers Communications. "As we invest in innovative 2600 MHz-enabled devices, Rogers customers will continue to enjoy an enhanced, superior wireless experience versus any other carrier."

Rogers announced earlier this month it will expand its LTE 2600 network to 44 new markets this spring. Among these new markets are Saint John, New Brunswick; Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; Muskoka, Ontario and Collingwood, Ontario. Rogers has deployed more 2600 MHz spectrum than any other Canadian carrier.

Offering a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience, the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform offers customers a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts to their needs.

The BlackBerry Q10 is designed to keep customers moving and includes advancements such as:

  • The ever-present BlackBerry® Hub, which  brings all your conversations together in one easy to manage place that you can access at any time from any app with a simple "peek," so you're always only one swipe away from what matters to you.
  • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content and lets you instantly switch between your personal and professional profile for easy access to work apps and data.
  • BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), which lets you harness the power of collaboration and exchange ideas in an instant. BBM in BlackBerry 10 includes voice calling and video chat, and lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 contact.
  • BlackBerry® Remember, which helps you tackle tasks quickly with a new way to collect, organize and action all the information sitting in different places across your smartphone.

The BlackBerry Q10 will be available at Rogers retail and dealer locations across Canada in the coming weeks, starting at $199.99 with select three year plans.

Current Rogers wireless customers were among the first to reserve the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone on the Rogers Reservation System earlier this year and pre-orders for new customers are available today at rogers.com. For more information about BlackBerry Q10, visit: www.blackberry.com/BlackBerry10.

 

Reader comments

Rogers BlackBerry Q10 to be available in both black and white on the 2600 MHz LTE spectrum

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Been playing with a Dev C for some time now and it rocks. My only concern is that many z10 apps won't be q10 compatible. I hope BlackBerry finds a way to handle that...

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Devs are invited to test the apps.
But currently, I'm waiting my Dev alpha C to test mine...

And what: on April 9th they can't give a specific launch date within the remaining 3 weeks of the month?
An entire 552 word press release covers EVERY aspect of Rogers, its LTE network that - BTW - is equally-spec'd vs.its competitors (Bell, Telus, et.al), but DARE we find out WHEN the damn thing can be purchased.

This is either due to Rogers' wacky inability to accurately schedule everything from installations to service calls, OR some convoluted marketing twist to keep the actual launch a BIG SECRET until THEY decide we're all adult-enough to stomach knowing the exact day; probably just 1-3 days ahead.
Ironic that our 'other,' smaller, f&@#%-up carrier has already press-released April 29th as their launch date. Yet, while I vowed never to go back 'there' I will give them kudos for having the stones to at least put the launch date in writing "now" instead of playing stupid mystery-games.

There are dozens of reasons I'm not a Rogers customer, and this kind of BS is just one element in that conscious decision.

Actually, if you read their press release, its available for delivery from the 29th of April with 2-3 days expected delivery time. So their launch date is May 1st or May 2nd?

@ tfp, WTH am I missing here? WHERE in the Rogers Press Release (above) does it say ANYTHING about April 29th, May 1st or 2nd, or 2-3 days expected delivery ... "etc."?
I think you're recalling the Telus Press Release ... but that's of no concern to the Rogers PR.

Bro you just need to go to the fridge get an Arnold Palmer kick-back and surround yourself with good people, you'll forget about time and then before then it'll be available for purchase at your local Rogers store before you know it.

Glad to know that the Q is coming to Rogers on that fancy new 2600 LTE network. That will make it even better here in winnipeg where I've been driving past all the LTE advertising from Rogers, even though there is no LTE here yet!!!!!

It's been a year Rogers, get your stuff together and deliver.

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Can I buy this unlocked??? Also does the LTE bands match up with AT&T? If so I will be buying this from the neighbors up north.

No but you can buy it outright and buy an unlock code afterwards for less than $40.

And yes the LTE bands used by Rogers, Bell, and Telus are the same as AT&T.

I find it interesting they say they're the carrier with the most 2600 MHz spectrum. Don't most of the big carriers have slightly different frequencies anyway (and also have bidding caps per the CRTC?)

I have a feeling this is the device thats going to turn blackberry fortune around. Make or break time

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Sad that the Canadian Z10 models don't support 2600 MHz LTE. Not sure what practical effect this has though.

Now I'm in real trouble, I've ordered a white Q10, but still don't know why would I need it if I'm using Z10

Doesn't look like the white will get dirty.

Of particular concern is the white Q10 looks to be time limited edition - Grey market sales price jump!

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I don't understand why they didn't go with a design similar to the TK Victory design. They don't seem to understand users want maximized screen real estate. The space on top where the logo is, is totally wasted. They could've easily gone without it and increase screen size. In my opinion the phone looks dated. I am sticking to my bold 9900 for now.

There is a lot in that space above the screen. I suggest you go and learn about the design of handheld electronics and then come back and write "They could've easily gone without it..." The modern mobile phone is one of the hardest products to design well; it has the entire functionality of a mid-2000s laptop* in a space much smaller than the CD-rom on that laptop. All the major manufacturers, and some minor ones, have excellent designs in their portfolio and they all have weaknesses as well as strengths, because nobody can do everything for a price people can afford. The TK Victory would have priced itself out of the market.

*The state of the art laptop I had in 2005 had 2G of RAM, a dual core processor, a 60Gbyte hard drive and a display with roughly a million pixels. The Q10 is expandable with 64Gbytes (but the display is only half a Mpx.) It also will cost less than half as much. This is called "Moore's Law" by some people and "Progress" by others.

"The TK Victory would have priced itself out of the market."
- Get real dude! like fireboy2281 said, check out the S4 & HTC one. BlackBerry dropped the ball on this one! I was so looking forward to a bigger screen, that's why I got the Z10 but the specs are mediocre at best, if it wasn't cause I'm a loyal follower and like what it can do (multitask, best keyboard, ease of use, options etc...) I would have waited for the SG4. Even now I am half please cause they left out a bunch of features from the Bridge and alot of my favorite apps in my 9900 are missing.

Manufacturers who use android never care about performance and battery life or iser experience. Blackberry did it right and it's so much better. Compare it performance wise to the android ones. Yes, do it. :)

It is me or does the pricing of this seem off? I thought the Q10 was going to cost less than the Z10. Maybe there are some huge orders in the wings for the keyboard and everyone is looking to profit before the price drop but the pricing seems a little off if 'touch screen is the way of the future'.

I think it was a combination of the lack of the $50 hardware rebate (Z10 - $650 and Q10-$700) and that they are potentially coming out with a cheaper version later in the year. So confusion on my part. I thought that this was the cheaper version.

$700 Blackberry is really out to lunch. How much of a premium is going to their pockets? Sure that is where the bread and butter customers are. But $700 for this phone? Seriously out to lunch for what a person is getting.

If you can't afford it out right, I suggest the option of a contract. Don't want a contract? Then wait for the lower priced BlackBerry 10 coming later this year.

I don't think it's too much, it's about average to ask for $700, and really, they have to. To say they are "Out to Lunch" is ridiculous because from the little we know, we at least do know that the Z10 didn't price itself out of the market.

Moreover, the Q10 is the true BlackBerry that a lot of die hards have been waiting for. Personally, my Z10 is amazing and priced right.

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Last I checked, none of the blackberry's even support that frequency. None of the phones do, unless the specs are matched up.

Mediocre? Please do your searching again. Android is in the spec race, blackberry isn't. Go troll elsewhere.

Gotta say, this kind of pisses me off. I made my reservation the first day it was available at Rogers, but they only showed black as an option, now they have white, and if I want to reserve a white one instead, I have to cancel my reservation and place a new one in order to get it. Not at all cool Rogers.

The white is pretty sexy but seems a bit pricey for the agreement terms? Though I do live in the US so maybe this is normal?

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Is the 2600MHz LTE frequency in addition to the 700/850/1700/2100 frequencies as available on the Z10?