Koodo Mobile is now selling the BlackBerry Q5 for $150

Ian Hardy

March 1, 2014 8:00am

This is an incredibly compelling price for those wanting an affordable BlackBerry. The Q5, it’s current entry-level BlackBerry 10 device in Canada, launched last August for as low as $350. Koodo Mobile has now price dropped the QWERTY/Touch Berry to a low $150 no-term – this is even cheaper than the newly announced Z3.

A refresher of specs, the Q5 has a 3.1-inch display (resolution of 720×720), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, LTE connectivity, 5MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal storage, 2,100mAh non-removable battery with overall dimensions of 120 x 67 x 73mm and weighs 120 grams.

Source: Koodo Mobile
Via: CrackBerry

  • Peter Parker

    No thank you I learned my lesson the last time I bought an extremely cheap bb, playbook anyone…

    • hardy83

      Ahh the playbook. Great hardware, horrible OS.

    • thisiscjay

      Failed mentality.

    • Raj Brar

      Thank you for your comment

    • ATInsider

      The PlayBook is a high end device with high end hardware. The OS1 was not the best, and it took too long to release the OS2 which has proven to be much better with native push e-mail. Till this day I continue to use my two PlayBooks every single day.

  • Ry29

    Good to a bb10 device priced at the legacy Curve prices.

    • bigshynepo

      This is a really nice phone for someone using pre-paid.
      Makes texting a breeze too and like always, QNX is lag free.
      Nice bright screen and the red variant looks good too.
      A bargain at $150 outright!

    • thisiscjay

      Amazing deal given the new OS 10.2.1 functionality including android apps

  • Curtis K Louis

    This beats my ace2 so I’ll have to get one..

    • southerndinner

      Sadly it probably doesn’t. This thing is garbage

    • anderson67

      Have you even used a BlackBerry 10? I recently switched from iPhone 5s to BlackBerry Z30 previously I had an Android phone. Nothing compares to the BlackBerry 10 platform. It has been an absolute joy to use BlackBerry 10 and the Z30 phone rocks. IOS is too tedious and Android too disorganized. However. Androids is better than IOS but when it comes to productivity, multitasking, notifications, call quality and ease of use BlackBerry 10 platform is the king.

    • barrist

      lol are BB employees spamming comments sections now? sad.

      “Nothing compares to the BlackBerry 10 platform.”
      — news to me and probably everyone in the world.

    • thisiscjay

      It is news to you and every general consumer due to poor marketing and brand image. Fortunately for myself I give tech a try without being biased to opinions of people who probably have little more than a highschool education. Remaining objective, I use the Moto X as well as the BlackBerry Z30 and find they are both excellent devices…. sadly I no longer use an iPhone as I feel they are overpriced and under featured.

    • southerndinner

      I don’t disagree that iPhones are underpowered but to suggest that BlackBerry isn’t in the same position is laughable

    • ATInsider

      BlackBerry 10 does not require super charged high end specs. Just look at the Z30, it outperforms and outclasses all high end Android devices and iOS devices.
      Unfortunately this nonsense about mobile devices needing crazy
      battery sucking specs was conjured up by Android Manufacturers so they may compete with each other as to who has the baddest spec’ed phones.
      And unsuspecting consumers not realizing this ridiculous
      Propaganda style marketing got caught buying into the hype, not realizing the OS powering these devices is lackluster and inefficient, in this case Android and its major fragmented mess.

      Just look at the upcoming low end Z3, 5″ screened device coming this April. Despite its low level specs, because its running BB10, it instantly becomes superior than high end Android and iOS devices in terms of OS innovation, speed, elegance & functionality.

    • barrist

      I was on board with BlackBerry and was excited as hell for the Playbook (lol). Was excited as hell for the new BB10 phones. Then they dropped and were disappointments with a half-baked OS that on the surface looks good and intuitive but has no developer support and tried to amend this with an even more half-baked idea of supporting Android apps. Not to mention the idiocy of their first BB10 phone being an all touch-screen and not the one people actually wanted (a BB10 Bold). No wonder they lost so much money on the Z10. To me it just looked like BlackBerry stopped caring after their success and the trouble they’re in now shows it. And no I haven’t been on iOS my whole life. I’ve had every Nexus device minus the 5, and countless other Android devices. I’ve demoed the BB10 devices as well, and while smooth and well-built at first glance, i see nothing that gives it an advantage over the other platforms. Hell, I find Windows Phone a more attractive option now.

    • Raj Brar

      I can’t believe ex rim employees are trolling here as well

    • ATInsider

      No spammers, just stating basic facts that BlackBerry 10 is superior than both iOS and Android put together.
      It was the initial BB10 launch screw ups along with high device prices and crap marketing that messed up BB10.

      The moment people try out BB10 (Much Easier to learn than iOS, Android and especially WP8) they will have trouble going back to the other platforms. I recall many iPhone users were somewhat irritated with iOS after using BB10, because iOS could not perform as well. BB10’s elegance alone topples them all.

    • southerndinner

      So which arm of BBRY’s marketing core do you work for?

    • southerndinner

      I guess social media spammers weren’t among the last few cuts at Blackberry. You clearly retained your job.

    • Columbo

      As a former owner of the Ace2 I can verify that it’s utter garbage. Q5 is only a thousand times better.

      Update: I just checked the Koodo sight, the Ace2 is literally by far the lowest rated phone they sell.

    • thisiscjay

      Sounds a lot like your intelligence. Garbage

    • wahwah

      You’re an I’d 10 t.

    • Raj Brar

      That’s in your opinion. Great price for a LTE enable smartphone. All the important apps are packed, FB, BBM. HUB, twitter and not to mention the 95% of the most used apps via BB world and Amazon Store. To top it off, it comes with one of the fastest browsers on the market.

  • cs098

    A decent moto g competitor considering it has a 720p screen kinda.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      Also LTE

    • Raj Brar

      720 by 720 on a 3.1 inch screen, pretty decent PPI on a IPS screen

  • Curtis Gunderson

    will it get the latest os updates?

    • Stephen B Morris

      Yes.

    • deltatux

      All BB10 devices tend to get updates around the same time.

  • southerndinner

    Pretty much need a fire sale to get rid of BBRY’s garbage devices

    • Dimitri

      Why are you even bothering to post? All you do is call every company & devices names & hate on them. Do you feel the need to bash a company that has billions, owns patents & QNX meanwhile you own what exactly?

      Grow up & dip.

    • deltatux

      Dude, don’t feed the trolls, you should know this by now lol

    • Dimitri

      While that is true lol just kinda makes me not want to come here when you have trolls posting idiotic comments all the time. Maybe its time Ian & Daniel do something for once to take them out.

    • hardy83

      This site is no where near as bad with trolls as some others are CoughBGRcough!

    • Dimitri

      Oh i know. This is why i never go on BGR & tell others not to go on it either. I just hope MobileSyrup does not become like that

    • wahwah

      By the looks of it mobilesyrup has become a haven for the f****r types that are bb shills and paid wanks. Seems to me like that is at least as bad as a site full of trolls if not worse.

    • AppleBerrySandwich

      Pretty ignorant thing to say..

  • deltatux

    Around $150-200 should have been the price it sold for in the first place… A great device though, I played around with it. Though, wished they had a budget all-touch instead.

    • Daniel Martin

      They do, the Z3 which is be released this year

    • Dimitri

      While that is true, there is no indication it will hit Canada at all.. The first, codenamed “Jakarta,” but known as the BlackBerry Z3 will
      launch first in Indonesia in April .

      This is also from Blackberry

      ” Coming soon, to customers in Indonesia, is the stylish new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone. If you’re in Indonesia, the new BlackBerry Z3 smartphone is expected to
      be available from leading carriers and retailers in April. Further
      details on pricing and availability will be announced at launch. For all
      of #TeamBlackBerry hailing from Indonesia,”

    • Tom Blinky

      The Q5 was originally intended for “emerging markets only”, though it shipped out of the box LTE compatible. Barely even a couple of months before it was available in Europe and North America.

      The Z3 doesn’t do LTE, but they’re already working on an LTE-friendly version that I’m guessing won’t be far behind.

    • deltatux

      I know they have the Z3 but as Dimitri has stated, currently no indications it’ll land in Canada. However, judging based on the fact that the Q5 was originally not planned for a Canadian debut, there might still be hope.

    • Superion

      There is an LTE equipped variant of the Z3 that will ship Globally by summer. John Chen has said repeatedly in interviews that the Z3 w/o LTE will launch in Indonesia and surrounding markets by April and a Global variant with LTE will follow shortly after.

      But, don’t expect the sub $200 price on the LTE version that launches globally as it will likely be more in the $250 – $300 range due to spec bumps to make it more attractive in developed markets

    • Raj Brar

      All touch Z10 goes for $200 from BB direct or if you know where to look.

  • hardy83

    If Wind did that, I’d be all over it.
    I need a phone with a good battery, which I think this one has.

    • Stephen_81

      You can get a Q5 unlocked for about $50 bucks and it will work on WIND I believe it is like the Q10 and works on all the Canadian networks when unlocked

    • deltatux

      Purchase the Q5, unlock it and move it over to WIND (yes there’s cost associated with it than just $150, but it won’t be too much). You may not have warranty though due to this.

    • Tom Blinky

      Not sure the Koodoo model works on Wind’s network. The Fido/Rogers Z10 works fine on Wind (better than any other phone I’ve used on Wind, actually), but the Telus/Koodoo Q10 I tried did not, though it did work on Fido.

      I’d considered doing this myself, as I’m still within 30 days on the Q5 I just got with Wind, but if the different models are the same as the other phones it probably wouldn’t work.

      (I’m also out of luck ’cause I replaced the black body and keyboard with the red ones, which are still Virgin exclusive in Canada, and I suspect that might not be great for my warranty)

    • deltatux

      Just make sure that the phone you get from Koodo is SQR100-1 and you’ll be fine. That model supports AWS HSPA+.

    • Raj Brar

      Battery life is decent, better than the Z10 worse than the Q10

  • hotcar96

    This should have been the price from the starting, it could have saved blackberry a long time ago, look at what the lumia 520 did for nokia.

    • Stephen_81

      I agree the Q5 totally was over priced from the start. it should have been a $299 phone at launch with a $199 price tag 2 months later. AND it needed to be offered in Canada and the US on all major carriers. it would have done wonders for the Brand. But no single phone will “save BlackBerry” regardless of the price point BlackBerry is a different animal than Nokia/MS

  • Jérémy Letendre-Côté

    MOTO G for $150 or Q5 for $150.00… I think it is not a fair fight for the Q5 Moto G as so much to offer

    • K Diddle

      Except a physical keyboard…. that’s the difference – for those who need a keyboard that is…

    • Stephen_81

      Unless you actually want a keyboard, then the Moto G doesn’t compare

      Its like comparing a Ford F150 to a Ford Taurus. Both can be priced at $30,000 both will hold 5 people at that price point, but the purchasers for each are different people.

      I don’t get Phone buyers who compare keyboard phones to touchscreen phones it would be idiotic for car buyers to be comparing pick up trucks to sedans

    • Scazza

      As someone who owns both phones, I can say that at 350, the Q5 was overpriced, however at 150 it is an incredibly capable phone. The Q5 runs as good as the q10 for almost everything, and you would have a hard time telling them apart if you couldn’t see the hardware. They are both excellent for the price, and blow most 2-400$ phones out of the water at that price. If you can’t afford a Nexus 5, either one of these would perform excellently.

    • Tom Blinky

      Software-wise I do not miss my Q10 at all. I don’t do much with my phone beyond social media, web browsing, e-mails, and now PDF reading, but I haven’t noticed much difference between the two, performance-wise.

      I do miss the more solid feel of the Q10, though, and the rubberized glass-weave back was the best. Also prefer the colours on the AMOLED to the LCD…

      (Q10 had a problem where it became difficult to type on if I let my nails grow at all, the opposite of which I’ve found with the Q5)

      But the Q5 comes in red, and having a red phone is one of the most important points for me, so I love it.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Great phone for a backup and MP3 player. Ordered. Thank you Koodo!

  • Venator

    No one needs a cell phone.

  • Jones

    Nice that they’ve lowered it similar to the cheap Lumia devices like the 520 and 625.