Editor’s note – story updated 12:20 PM ET
BlackBerry fans awaiting the release of the updated, iconic QWERTY-keyboard model smartphone can start holding their breath today as pre-orders are now being taken.
Both Telus Mobility and Future Shop announced pre-orders are available for the BlackBerry Q10 today. While the Future Shop press release doesn’t list a launch day, Telus indicated at first the devices will begin shipping April 29 and to allow two or three days for delivery, but later clarified with the statement that the devices will be shipping “in the coming weeks.”
Fans of the BlackBerry design featuring a tactile keyboard that made previous-generation devices like the Curve and Bold popular have been waiting to get their thumbs on the new keyboard since earlier this year when the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker launched the all-touch screen BlackBerry Z10 to unveil its new operating system, BlackBerry 10. Now pre-orders of the device can be made by plunking down $50 at a Future Shop store or by registering on the Telus Web site.
Future Shop will be offering the Q10 with plans from Bell, Rogers, Telus, and Virgin Mobile, according to its press release. Telus will be selling the phone for $199 with a three-year plan or $700 to buy the phone off contract.