Thorsten Heins and Rogers CEO Nadir Mohamed welcome BlackBerry Z10 to Canada

By Simon Sage on 5 Feb 2013 12:33 pm EST
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The air was electric this morning in the Rogers headquarters in Toronto as Thorsten Heins and Rogers head Nadir Mohamed introduced the BlackBerry Z10 to the Canadian media and fielded a handful of questions. It's a pretty momentous occasion, as this is the first firm sign of retail availability in North America, though Rogers is far from alone; Bell and TELUS are also offering this bad boy, and I'm getting the feeling WIND and Mobilicity will have it too, though they've been awfully quiet about the whole affair.

You can see Nadir and Thorsten all in the video above, fed into the tale of Kevin's purchase of the white BlackBerry Z10. Be sure to check out his unboxing!

31 comments

advil_yum

i'm guessing that there weren't any huge line ups since it can be had basically anywhere, and there were no pics of big lines in Canada posted yet? Just curious.

defoo

There was line up in the Rogers store in Waterloo. Not a huge one but there was a good 20 or so people in the line.

EsJayDee

One reporter in the red coat looked like she had a q10.

qpro

That was me getting the first Z10 from Nadir and Thorsten. Fun day!

advil_yum

Nice! Congrats man! Did they give you a special rate plan or anything for the honor?

qpro

Thanks! Not for myself, but my wife got herself a white Z10 free of charge. We were also picked up by Rogers and comped a night at the Marriott.

Kevin Michaluk

Congrats qpro!! 

We wanted to interview, but then we lost you in the crowd. You'll maybe have to drop by CB HQ for an interview.  

qpro

Thanks Kevin! Would love to drop by.

imcurved

First qpro, congratulation to you and your wife! Wish I were in your spot right there taking a picture with the two CEOs. You look sharp. I'm envious.

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BBVegasGirl80

Awesome video! Congrats to qpro for being the first North American customer. :-) Can you tell us how you were chosen? Thanks.

qpro

I just happened to be the first to pre-order on the Rogers website. Simple as that!

BBPandy

Did he just say April, MAY for the BBQ10?
The means I have to wait even longer :(

imcurved

Umm. yummy. :-)
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steele_9

You see the bald guy recording on an iPhone at a Blackberry launch, dummy! Congrats on the first phone in N.A. Good video too, wish I was there picking up my BBZ10

Jmitchell147

BB Kevin was in the background shots of the cbc news story on this launch.
Just sayin'.. Wish I was there instead of working.

defoo

I think Thorsten did very well in the interview

tempoperso1

When the os10 is ready for the update to the playbook?

gabedabomb

Anyone else noticed Thorsten using the marketing tagline from last year (Be Bold) in describing the Super Bowl ad campaign?

"Thorsten, what was it like watching the first ever BlackBerry ad during the Superbowl?"

(9:36) "...I think it talks about the new BlackBerry, right? Be Bold, be brave..."

I think it might have just been a slip. I'm pretty sure that BlackBerry wants to "Keep Moving" from this point forward, and I really doubt that they'll officially invoke "Be Bold" again, as that would muddle their current message with 2012. That said, I don't think Thorsten's comment would be read into other than by people like me on CrackBerry. :)

Rootbrian

Dammit how I wish I was there. :D