Great news for you folk in the Philippines if you have been waiting to pick up the BlackBerry Q5. The lower cost BlackBerry 10 handset is all set to go on sale on August 24th at authorized retailers. According to BlackBerry it is just the black variant that will launch, but I suspect the white and red versions will follow at some point. 

BlackBerry do pretty well in the Philippines and I can't see any reason why the Q5 shouldn't help with market share. If this one looks like the BlackBerry for you there is a promotion running on August 24th - 25th through the the Swap, Switch, and Win campaign. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone will be available at PHP 18,690 less PHP 2,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone - looks good to me. 

Kristian Salvo, Country Manager for the Philippines at BlackBerry said, “We are excited to bring the new BlackBerry Q5 smartphone to the Philippines. The BlackBerry Q5 smartphone offers a great experience to customerswho want to have the power of BlackBerry 10 with a QWERTY keyboard in a stylish youthful design, making it easy for them to have fun and stay socially connected with those that matter most to them.”

Hands up in the Philippines who's taking advantage of the deal?