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Stock prices are not the only things taking a dive at BlackBerry. The former leader in mobile communications have revised the retail pricing for two of its high-end devices less than a year after their respective launches — the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.
The Z10 range (both the LTE and 3G versions) get a RM389 price cut from RM2,288 to RM1,899 and RM2,188 to RM1,799 respectively. Meanwhile the Q10 is now RM390 cheaper from RM2,388 to RM1,998.
Current prices for the range of BlackBerry smartphones:
BlackBerry Q5 – RM1,299
BlackBerry Z10 (3G) – RM1,799
BlackBerry Z10 (4G LTE) – RM1,899
BlackBerry Q10 (4G LTE) – RM1,998
BlackBerry Z30 (4G LTE) – RM1,998
The troubled device manufacturer announced on Friday that it would cut 4,500 jobs as it prepares to absorb losses in the tune of close to US $1 billion due to a massive inventory of unsold devices. In Malaysia, BlackBerry distributor Brightstar recently launched a trade-up program early this month where consumers can get the Z10 for a hefty discount (up to RM1,800 off) when they trade in their old smartphone. More recently, Celcom is running a “buy one free one” promotion in conjunction with the launch of the BlackBerry Z30. The promotion gives one BlackBerry Z10 free with every purchase of a BlackBerry Z30. The operator will be giving away 200 units of the Z10 for this promotion.
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The full BlackBerry Q10 bundled pricing as follows:
DG SmartPlan 58 (24 months) – RM1,669
DG SmartPlan 88 (24 months) – RM1,429
DG SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM1,109
An upfront payment between RM240-800 is required during sign up and will be rebated back to your bill on a monthly basis. So far DiGi is only offering the BlackBerry Q10 on a 24 months contract.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Q10 comes with a smaller 3.1″ Super AMOLED screen, powered with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Over at the back it comes with a 8MP shooter and it is juiced with a 2,100mAh capacity battery.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s online store.
Currently the Q10 is available from Celcom and Maxis from as low as RM1,388 and RM1,178 respectively. Outright the Q10 is priced at RM2,388. Pricing details for the BlackBerry Q10 from DiGi has not yet been revealed.
While the BlackBerry Q10 supports 4G LTE, there’s still no indication on when DiGi will announce its commercial 4G LTE service. We can only hope that by the time they launch, their 4G LTE coverage would cover most populated areas nationwide.
The BlackBerry Q10 is officially available today with Celcom offering the device as low as RM1,388 on contract. As usual, it comes bundled with its usual Celcom First postpaid and bolt-on data plans.
Full BlackBerry Q10 bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,888
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,838
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,838
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,788
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM1,688
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM1,638
Celcom First Prime + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Premier + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Elite + 5GB (24 months) – RM1,388
Celcom First Data mPro Plus (24 months) – RM1,488
An advance payment between RM250-450 is required for 12/18 months contract and RM700 is required if you’re signing up for 24 months contract. If you’ve registered your interest earlier, Celcom is giving additional rebates and Bluetooth speaker worth RM299 as an early bird offer.
The BlackBerry Q10 with its QWERTY keyboard retails at RM2,388, which is an extra RM200 over its full touch screen based BlackBerry Z10 model. In terms of connectivity, the Q10 comes with 4G LTE support which is compatible with our local networks.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s BlackBerry Q10 page.
For those of you that’s been hanging on for the BlackBerry Q10, you wait is almost over and you can pre-order the device from Maxis starting today. Officially the Q10 will be available (from Celcom and Maxis) this Wednesday.
Three plans are on offer from Maxis: BBMore55 with 500MB data, BBMore88 with 1GB and BBMore148 with 5GB of data. The plans come with bundled calls and SMS which varies depending on plan. The mid-tier BBMore 88 looks like a sensible buy. And if you’re wondering, the Q10 supports LTE
Full bundled pricing of the BlackBerry Q10 on Maxis as follows:
BBMore55 (12 months) – RM1,888
BBMore88 (12 months) – RM1,768
BBMore88 (24 months) – RM1,488
BBMore148 (12 months) – RM1,618
BBMore148 (24 months) – RM1,178
For more info, head over to Maxis Store. Currently pre-order is open for new line subscriptions only. The device will start shiping from May 15.
The QWERTY keyboard based BlackBerry Q10 will officially be available in Malaysia next week on the 15th of May. Maxis which is one of the 2 telcos offering the device has started its registration of interest.
Just like the BlackBerry Z10, the Q10 will be bundled with its BBMore plans. As an early bird incentive, Maxis is giving additional RM150 rebates for the first 1,500 customers that registered their interest. The BlackBerry Q10 is retailing at RM2,388 outright and comes with 4G LTE support.
If you’re interested with the BlackBerry Q10 from Maxis, sign up here.
The BlackBerry Q10 will officially be available in Malaysia next Wednesday and Celcom has started accepting pre-registration of the device. Retailing at RM2,388 outright, the BlackBerry Q10 which is RM200 more than the Z10 model comes 4G LTE support.
As a special promo, those who register will be getting a Bluetooth speaker worth RM299 and additional RM200 rebates (RM20 x 10 months) on the monthly subscription. There are 6 pick up locations to choose from with 2 outlets each in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru.
To recap, the BlackBerry Q10 runs on a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8MP main camera and a front facing 2MP camera. What differentiates with its Z10 sibling is its full QWERTY keyboard, a smaller 3.1″ Super AMOLED display that does 720×720 pixels and a bigger 2,100mAh battery.
To register your interest for the Q10, head over to Celcom BlackBerry Q10 page.
The BlackBerry Q10 is going on sale in Malaysia this month and we are among the first in Asia to get it. Priced at RM2,388, the BlackBerry Q10 will be offered by Celcom and Maxis on 15th of May and Celcom is expected to kick off its pre-order next Wednesday on 8th May. For those who are still wondering, the BlackBerry Q10 does come with 4G LTE support.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Q10 comes with a 3.1″ Super AMOLED display that does 720×720 pixels resolution and it is powered with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor mated with 2GB of RAM. On-board it comes with 16GB of storage with microSD expansion slot, 8MP main camera, 2MP front facing camera and a 2,100mAh battery. In terms of colours, the BlackBerry Q10 will be offered in both Black and White models.
For more information, head over to BlackBerry’s Q10 product page.
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The BlackBerry Z10 is a refreshing new touch screen device but hardcore QWERTY users would be looking forward to the BlackBerry Q10 which is expected to launch next week. The BlackBerry Q10 is the touch and type BlackBerry 10 device which retains the familiar traditional QWERTY keyboard that existing BB users can’t live without.
While the current Z10 in the market doesn’t seem to support 4G LTE in Malaysia, it looks like the Q10 variant that we are getting supports LTE with 1800MHz/2600MHz frequencies. This discovery was spotted by the sharp eyed folks at Lowyat.Net that has been monitoring the SIRIM database.
To recap on the specs, the Q10 comes with a smaller 3.1″ touch screen Super AMOLED display that pushes 720×720 pixels resolution. Underneath, it runs on similar dual-core 1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. Storage wise it has a 16GB with the expandable option via microSD. Since the QWERTY is more catered towards hard core users, the battery capacity is bigger too at 2,100mAh which is 300mAh more than the Z10. The same 8MP main shooter and 2MP front facing camera remains unchanged on the Q10 as well.
Head after the break for introductory and hands-on video of the BlackBerry Q10.
If you’ve been holding out for the BlackBerry Q10, your wait may soon be over.
BlackBerry Malaysia will be making an announcement about the Q10 at the end of this month and that can only mean one thing. The QWERTY keyboard-endowed BlackBerry 10 device is coming to Malaysia soon. And by the looks of it, the Q10 might be available in Malaysia much earlier than the June date BlackBerry announced previously. Definitely great news for BlackBerry fans.