Update: TELUS, Bell and Virgin BlackBerry Q5 pricing

Ian Hardy

August 8, 2013 2:32 pm

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BlackBerry announced that their entry-level BlackBerry Q5 will be coming to various Canadian carriers on August 13th. The press release omitted carrier pricing, but thankfully, we now have this for those interested. According to an internal TELUS doc, the Q5 will be available for $49 on a 2-year contract or $425 outright.

This QWERTY/Touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone has a 3.1-inch display (resolution of 720×720), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage and LTE-connectivity. Have a quick look at our hands-on of the TELUS BlackBerry Q5 here.

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Update: We have now received pricing for the Bell and TELUS BlackBerry Q5. Both carriers will have the Q5 available in black and white, plus Virgin will have an exclusive red version, for $399.99 outright, or as low as $49.95 on a 2-year voice and data plan.

More soon!
(Thanks tipsters!)

  • Jd

    Seems a bit overpriced. Looks like it would have been much more attractive to certain buyers for $0 on a 2-year agreement. Regardless, interesting to see how it will play out.

    • southerndinner

      A bit? It’s about $200 overpriced

    • John Peters

      Do you really have to reply with your negativity to every comment?
      BB10 is much better than any other OS out there. Sure, it’s missing Instagram and Netflix and some other apps (although many apps are coming daily) so if you’re on those apps all day, then BB10 is not for you. If you’re into remote file access, a great web browser, messaging, security, a fluid OS, then BB10 is for you.

  • Rich

    Wait for the outright pricing from Koodo / Virgin and all that. Telus is notoriously one of the highest almost always.

    • southerndinner

      Wait? Why? There’s no point in waiting for overpriced trash.

  • southerndinner

    What a ripoff for such a garbage device! Better off spending the extra money for a real phone. Even the year-old Nexus 4 is a better price point and it’s at least unlocked!

    BBRY is dead, no point in hopping on a sinking ship

    • MXH070

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  • Mlads

    Telus has overpriced this, I’m sure there will be a reduction to $0 on 2-year once initial sales are unimpressive.

  • southerndinner

    The OS alone is a compelling reason. LG doesn’t have the best reputation [deservingly so] but the Nexus 4 is a way, way better value than this garbage from a company who doesn’t understand the consumer base.

    • John Peters

      You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about and should be banned from these forums.

  • WTangoFoxtrot

    do they actually expect to sell any at such a pathetically price (im talking Telus not RIM)

  • EvanKrosney

    It’s so expensive outright because of the new 2 year contracts. Don’t ask how it relates to the pricing whatsoever, but that’s seemed to be the carriers’ general excuse for high pricing of anything as of late.

  • Xelstyle

    I didn’t realize BB10 was a fake OS.

    • hfghgfhf

      For most people BB10 is a downside. Less features, less apps, more closed, less certain future.

    • JTon

      Ah man. If only people could witness how quickly the OS is maturing. I’m personally amazed at how quickly updates are rolling out and how many features are being added. 10.2 is shockingly better than 10.0. Unfortunately, you already need to own a BB10 device to know this.

    • southerndinner

      It’s still nowhere near the competition

    • JTon

      I’m an ex iOS and android user. So I have some perspective. For my needs, BB10 is fantastic.

    • southerndinner

      sorry about your terrible judgement

    • JTon

      Speak for yourself.

    • MXH070

      How about you give some facts rather just spew B.S. and back up the weak statements you spew.

    • southerndinner

      I have facts, I’m forced to use all operating systems and devices for work on a regular basis. I absolutely dread when I’m stuck using the Z10.

    • John Peters

      I actually use a Z10 all day, every day and I can tell you that it’s a great device.

    • MXH070

      Whoa, surprise surprise another empty statement with zero facts.

    • KID ANDROID

      Apps are an issue right now with BB10 but you can_ port Android apps to BB10 quite easily so it’s not a huge issue. BB10 is a great OS if you give it a real chance. It’s much better than iOS & Windows Phone & on par pretty much with Android if you know what your doing with it.

  • Tony Sarju

    Go home Telus, you’re drunk.

  • AJ

    This price is JOKES!!!!! Telus Always finds ways to rip-off.. not a bad phone… but seriously $450 is jokes..

  • Tony

    I only see this phone being worth 250… Buy a shitty z10 on kijiji for 300 or a band new shittier q5 for 425 plus tax? Hmmm

  • Sierra

    It’s like TELUS is intentionally trying to kill BlackBerry.
    Honestly, thats really dumb. QWERTY is not nearly as relevant as it used to be. Now that a vast majority of people have tried to actually use the on-screen keyboard and many got used to it, 425$ for this device is a hard sell

    • hfghgfhf

      It’s not Telus it’s RIM. Their devices are expensive everywhere, not just on Telus.

    • MXH070

      So with your logic Google marks up prices of all android phones higher at all cell providers then sells the phone cheaper in the play store. Interesting business concept…..

  • Plazmic Flame

    I thought this device was $350 outright….

    • Guest

      That was until the realization that if it was priced lower, people may have the audacity of buying it outright to get the BYOD discount.

    • steelcast2009

      Yeah i think these companies want people on contracts, this is why. I thought $350 was it too.

  • skullan

    Sorry Zac, your knowledge of the underlying QNX Operating System is weak. Considering it is older than a great many of our posters.

  • King kobi

    I paid less for my note 2 and that is a much more superior phone in every category

    • southerndinner

      The garbage BB10 software can’t hold a candle to Note II software functionality

    • MXH070

      Empty statement, no facts listed sounds like a Troll spewing…….

      How bout you list the superiority features….. oh 3rd party apps don’t count

    • JTon

      Disagree. Q5 beats note ii in messaging (arguable) and portability (conclusive).

    • kroms

      Not even close. You are delusional. You keep thinking that.
      That’s why BB is making the Z30 right ? Because people buy smartphones only for portability. lol Q5 is Overpriced and 5 yrs late to market. They will sale very little , if at all.

    • JTon

      If you’re going to flame at least keep that close to the point at hand. Your comment is generic slander.

    • Joe

      you should get a bb, the keyboard can help your posts!

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    S/B free on contract.

  • rd0t

    So much BlackBerry hate for no reason. There is still a market for QWERTY devices and if you think otherwise you’re uniformed. For anyone that has actually used BB10, they’ll know that where 10.2 stands, it took Android and iOS years to get. Sure BB is playing catch up, but so far the OS is looking amazing day by day.

  • BB BB

    IF they want to really sell this thing it should be $249 – $299 outright. At least my old curve has a removable battery.

    • John Peters

      It costs more to make the phone.

    • kroms

      Then they should get into another line of work.

  • Tom

    I’m a fandroid, yet I acknowledge that BB10 has some innovative features that Android could take some inspiration from. More competition is good – if we only have two horses in the race then we won’t see much innovation.

    Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter how good BB10 is – these prices simply are not justifiable, period.

    The fact is BB is in trouble, they may have some cash and no debt right now but that’s only good enough for the short term. Moreover, they need apps to push BB10 – and to attract app devs they need to build up a customer base – and that’s going to be really freaking tough with these prices.

    Why did Windows Phone 8 recently take 3rd place? It’s because of all the low end $150-$250 devices they’ve aggressively pushed in emerging markets. If Windows phone were limited to just the expensive Lumia 920 and HTC 8x (I have seen way more Z10s/Q10s in public than I have seen these phones), it might still be in 4th place.

    The Q5 needs to be $300 max – and even that is a tough sell vs the Nexus 4. Even those who prefer a physical keyboard may end up “settling” for a touch screen if their wallets are tight. Heck, the Q10 (which I believe is the best BB10 product right now) should be $450 tops.

    I’m not saying the Q5, Z10, or Q10 are bad phones, or that BB10 is a bad OS. Just that you can’t expect to survive if you command these sorts of prices while already struggling to stay relevant.

    Btw, I am aware that the Nexus 4 (which I have) isn’t exactly playing fair as it is severely underpriced as a strategic move by Google. Still, the “damage” to the playing field has been done – no choice but to suck it up for the time being.

    • MXH070

      I agree price has a factor but the prices will change once they have all levels of BB10 devices out the door. I think it’s a little early to crown windows 8 phones just yet as windows 8 had almost a year head start on bb10 so I would say this time next year will show if BB10 is a flop or success.

    • Zed

      Totally agree with you. I’ve been in the selling phones business for enough years to see BB fall.

      Back in the day, people were buying BB because there weren’t any alternatives. Then iPhone got out and people who wanted something easy to use got those. And then kids started getting them to be cool.

      In the mean time BB put out Curves which were overpriced at 350-400 for no reason, yet people still bought them because of BBM. Finally Android got to a relatively stable version and introduced phones that were less expensive and could do more than a curve and BB lost that market as well.

      Everyone who wanted a BB, the Z10 or Q10 got them already. They sell once in a blue moon nowadays. BB really needs a good phone in the 200-250 market. I’m not saying the Q10 is not worth that much (IMO it’s not), but BB needs to take back the entry market. BBM can’t get to iOS and Android soon enough.

  • Pantone

    350$ outright with Koodo for the Q5….best in price & service, as usual.