BlackBerry Q10 now free on a 2-year

Ian Hardy

August 23, 2013 11:08am

Now is probably a good time to grab the BlackBerry Q10.

Since launching back in May the iconic QWERTY Berry has seen a steady decline in price, now being reduced on contract to an incredibly respectable $0 on a 2-year at Bell. This deal is only available through Best Buy and Future Shop and is on until August 29th.

The Q10 has a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.1-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 x 720, 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, LTE-enabled, 8MP camera and a 2MP front-facing camera.

Check out our full review of the Q10 here.

(Thanks Todd!)

  • stann

    The way things are going there might not even be Blackberry in 2 years

  • JB

    Awesome price!

  • Ra’id Ahmed Ismail

    This reminds me of how Palm was basically giving away their new devices for free to try and gain marketshare before selling out…not a good look at all. :(

    • Skbwolf

      I didn’t know palm and blackberry were the only ones throughout history to offer free phones on a contract?

    • Ra’id Ahmed Ismail

      Look, the phone is barely 2 months old and went from $200 –> $0 and this is their current flagship business model phone. Normally a phone would have a shelf-life of 6-8 months before being reduced to $0 on a term contract but you can tell that things are getting rough for them and they want to push out as many as possibly by offering premature lucrative deals such as this one.

  • Super_Deluxe

    Don’t worry, Rogers and Telus will follow suit very shortly as this is their definition of “competition”

    • Comrade Yeti

      Would it be better if they didn’t match the sale price?

    • Generalissimo_S

      Let me help you be objective. Company A lowers prices. Company B and
      C are forced to match. How is that NOT competition?

      I agree, Robelus suck. Don’t, however, let your emotions blindside you.

    • Super_Deluxe

      I’m not saying price matching isn’t competition but adding something to sweeten the deal is what I would consider competition. Like for example the price matching on the new plans from the big 3 are all the exact same, maybe if Rogers for example threw in some sort of bonus like $5 discount for a limited time would be better.

    • J-Ro

      you get a discount if you bundle it with your other services. Sounds like competition to me

    • Super_Deluxe

      Yeah but the problem is that they’re not available in all provinces. Like here in Manitoba, we only have wireless service only from the big 3 so we’d have to subscribe to a second provider for the rest of the services. But I see your point and that could be an incentive for places where all their services are available.

    • J-Ro

      It is and in places like Manitoba, you get amazing price plans. Makes us here in Toronto want to pack up and move for the savings.

    • Super_Deluxe

      Yeah we do actuall, Rogers had a sweet plan when the Z10 came out, unlimited Canada wide calling, 3GB of Data, unlimited texting Call Display and VM for $60 plus a $5 discount. So $55 plus tax for all that is an amazing deal compared to what they offer right now. I’m glad I live here now and I feel bad for you guys who live in Ontario who pay more.

    • J-Ro

      In southern Ontario, it is like a mortgage. I seen a Manitoba promotion once and get really excited. But no matter how hard I fought them on the phone, I couldn’t get that offer lol

    • Super_Deluxe

      Right now we have another promo going on, 400 Canada wide minutes, unlimited evening and weekends from 6pm, unlimited texting, Call Display and VM and 5GB of Data for $60. Try talking to retentions if they’ll allow u to switch to that plan. I might even get that extra 2GB for $5. Rogers is doing pretty good here and that’s probably because of their direct competition with MTS.

    • J-Ro

      That’s an amazing plan. I switched to Bell and have found a good plan by hunting hard but I wish we had a MTS here in Ontario lol they need to spread the love.

    • Super_Deluxe

      Part of the reason is because they offer unlimited data on LTE for a similar price so that ups the competition for Rogers a bit here. But yeah if only wind put a significant amount of pressure on the Big 3, you guys would also have plans like what we have over there but unfortunately MTS is local only and won’t be expanding outside of Manitoba anytime soon.

    • J-Ro

      That is the real competition we need. Forget Verizon and all the fluff. We should just found MTS to expand it’s LTE network to other provinces.

      I hope to one day see this happen.

    • Ken Hagen

      Mts has garbage plans for anyone that actually leaves the province.

    • ToniCipriani

      Like their other services aren’t a ripoff… Lots of reports about suspected Rogers/Bell third party internet tampering lately. Just check on DSLReports.

    • J-Ro

      I don’t need to check because I’m happy with my current service.

  • Lazardus

    Blackberry would have to pay me to use an outdated archaic physical keyboard..

    • Acer12345

      Ohh you’re so witty, we’ve never heard that one before!

    • Dimitri

      For someone that comes online, has a Android picture on his / her DP, i think android is paying you to diss other companies.

      How about this. Go outside into the real world, go to your local carrier store & try using a Q10.

    • Dimitri

      Not really. If you look at my posts on other pages, you will see i am not a blackberry fan. I am a fan for all mobile phones. Nice try tho.

    • Dimitri

      Not really. If you also have read my posts, you would see i am using a S4/Z10 HTC One & Sony Xperia Z. If i was a true blackberry fan like you claim i am, you would see my posting that i am currently using a Q10 & Z10 OR bashing Samsung. HTC, Sony, & the rest. Show me one post i am doing that.

      Honestly do you have anything else to do with your day then come on MobileSyrup & start bashing others & starting arguments?

    • Dimitri

      If you read my posts again, you would see most of them are to do with other companies. My god, can you read?

    • DickGozinya

      Its his job to rebut anti bb comments. Paid for in whole by rim themselves.

    • J-Ro

      He could just really like them. I have a Q10 and defend it to death. If I got paid to do so lol that would be the best job i ever had.

    • J-Ro

      In that case, he might just be a sore loser lol. I defend the Q10 but at the same time I know not everyone is going to understand. After all, if we all agreed with everything everyone else said, what would be the point to discussions?

    • gommer strike

      Just because you *claim* to use a total of 4 different devices, doesn’t suddenly make it true, nor does it suddenly grant you immunity when you bash other people on their opinions.

    • Lazardus

      If you read my previous posts I haven’t directed any bad posts towards Blackberry until today. I’m more against physical keyboards but since Blackberry is still making them then I guess that makes me a paid Android employee as you claim.

    • Lazardus

      Actually I support Blackberries at work so no I do not need to go to a local store carrier store and “Try” using a Q10. I was merely stating my opinion that physical keyboards are garbage to use in 2013 not to mention you lose half the screen real estate compared to the Z10. Thanks for coming out though. You might want to check the real world and see how big Blackberry actually is these days compared to Android. Btw my display pic is irrelevant.

    • J-Ro

      Your right, you do lose half the screen but I love the Q10 for work. I don’t think this phone was designed for movies and games. Seems more like a business tool than anything else.

    • Lazardus

      Fair enough. Most people at work love the z10 due to the bigger screen. Only about a handful of people stuck with the Q10 but they complain about the smaller screen lol go figure!

    • skullan

      I switched from an Android to a 9300 because of the keyboard.

      I have no problem with the screen size, I just needed something that was meant to type on, rather than dealing with lag crap whenever I was trying to type.

    • Lazardus

      That depends on what Android phone you have. I don’t have lag on my Nexus 4 with Swiftkey. That’s the beauty of Android, there are many keyboards you can switch to if one doesn’t workout.

    • skullan

      Just giving an example of where in some cases, screen-size is irrelevant, as is having better specs.

    • southerndinner

      Yeah because BlackBerry is free from lag… ROFL

    • skullan

      Where it matters for me, you’re right. It is lag free.

    • Günter Schwarz

      I don’t know, physical keyboard come in handy, especially with gloves on.

    • charlie2010

      Consumer rating websites put BB10 way ahead of android and iOs, the only people trashing bb10 are those that have never tried it.

    • Lazardus

      Let’s see these links.

  • Bonny Mahesha Williams

    Its a Good deal… bell always move forward

  • JB

    My buddy has one of these and its extremely nice, and is really really fast. Support Canadian r&d people! Lets be proud of what we have or else we’ll lose it!

  • southerndinner

    No time is a good time to grab this. Blackberry is a dying company so don’t expect support when their eventual buyer dumps their loser hardware business

    • Skbwolf

      if another company buys it, they will most likely have to support because of the government contracts that will still be in placed. for example the DOD.

  • King kobi

    Still too expensive. Should be $0 on a 1 year term

    • Sukdis Knaatz

      Aside from blatantly trolling, please explain your reasoning.

    • King kobi

      Before you falsely accuse me of trolling. Here me out. To this phone for 0 dollars you have to commit to 2 years of a very expensive plan. Dont even try to tell me you can use your grandfathered plan because you cant I already verified. Even you give the big 3 one year of business they more then quadrupled the actual cost of the phone. So yes I firmly stand on my original position

    • Sukdis Knaatz

      This goes for any phone, then, doesn’t it?

  • J-Ro

    Maybe now more people will try the phone and realize it is not as bad as the media makes it seem.

    • steven_bauman_7

      It is a good phone, along with the Z10, they were just priced too high when they were released on contract IMO. It was $199 on a 3 year when it was released! How absurd is that for the Q10? If they released it for $49 on contract MANY more people would have this phone along with the Z10.

    • J-Ro

      I guess they were trying to keep the brand as high end as possible. If the price was that low out the gate, the perception of Blackberry would have dropped even more.

    • steven_bauman_7

      That’s true, but they can’t jump back in the smartphone game charging as much as Apple and expectto succed like them

    • J-Ro

      They aren’t jumping back, they never left and only time will tell how they do. It is still too early to tell.

    • southerndinner

      It’s blackberry of course it’s bad

    • J-Ro

      I could only say, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. If you have tried it, sorry it didn’t work out. Maybe next time.

    • charlie2010

      Consumers rate bb10 highest while the media experts rate it the worst, I wonder why the disconnect.

    • J-Ro

      I guess it is because bad news sells quicker than good news in the media world. Sad but true.

  • J-Ro

    Maybe now more people will try the phone and realize it is not as bad as the media makes it seem.

  • Jonah Emery

    Now is not a good time to buy a Blackberry. Several financial analysts have assessed the value of Blackberry’s assets. Devices has $0 value and in fact would cost a buyer $800 million to shut down.
    I love Blackberry and I’m in deep morning… but this company is done. :(

    • charlie2010

      Great financial analysis for a company with 0 debt, loads of cash, increasing sales and several new products released for 2013….yeah, that sounds like a company that is ‘done’…..you need to read the ‘news’ more critically

  • rumthin

    RIP BlackBerry. On the bright side, we still pump out the world’s best hockey players. :P

    • DickGozinya

      Except for that pu$šy what’s his name… Crosby.

  • MrHrvat

    LOL

  • Tiger Tek

    There is a catch. It needs to be a new contract or it’s $79.00 but they won’t offer it for all the prices. Bestbuy has its own special prize.

  • steven_bauman_7

    A little too late IMO. Imagine if they launched it with a $49 price tag on contract? It would probably sell like hotcakes and BB would be a in a much better position would they not? They launched it with a $199 price tag and everyone was like “Well I can get the S4 for the same price, or the HTC One for $99, why would I get the Q10?” The same pricing went along with the Z10. It was just a dumb move IMO. Many more people would have gotten the Z10 or Q10 if it was more competitively priced earlier in the game.

  • Mlads

    So the Q10 is now cheaper than the Q5 on contract, makes a lot of sense. Also the Bold 9900 is still $149 on a 2yr. deal for some reason.

    • DickGozinya

      Dead company walking. Pretty much sums it up.

    • charlie2010

      yeah those increasing sales and the recent US DoD contract win spell the end.

  • Kenny G

    No thanks. I’m on Bell now, and I’m leaving once my contract is up.

  • Nathaniel James

    Just let it die