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The next step in BlackBerry's attempt at a return to relevance comes next week, when the new Q10 smartphone makes its debut stateside.
The Q10 raises the question: "Can a phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard still be relevant?" Business users – and avid texters – might say yes. It'll be an interesting experiment considering BlackBerrys, heavily reliant on physical keyboards, have been fading from existence in recent years, particularly in more developed countries, as app-dominated devices like Apple's iPhone and a bevy of Android phones have taken the world by storm.
The Q10, the second smartphone based on the Canada-based manufacturer's BlackBerry 10 operating system, goes on sale at T-Mobile USA on June 5. The Magenta Network has been taking pre-orders for the past couple of weeks. Verizon Wireless just started taking pre-orders on Thursday, promising customers will start getting their hands on them by June 6.
T-Mobile, now selling phones without contracts, is offering the Q10 for $100 down plus $20 per month for 24 months (total payment $580). Verizon is charging the subsidized price of $200 if you sign up for a new, two-year service contract.
BlackBerry-philes who prefer AT&T or Sprint need not worry: Those carriers have promised they'll offer the Q10 sometime this summer – no release dates just yet.
The company rolled out its first BlackBerry 10 device, the Z10, earlier this year. Sales have been mediocre at best.
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