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TELUS BlackBerry Z10 now available on Prepaid for $200

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The BlackBerry Z10 was once the saviour of the Waterloo-based company. When this BlackBerry 10-powered device was released back in February of 2013 it saw “great interest” from its carrier partners. Many moons later, plus a massive “BlackBerry Z10 Inventory Charge” of $934 million, the one-time flagship has been demoted to entry-level status and shifted onto Prepaid shelves.

The latest deal to arrive for the Z10 is reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook fire sale. TELUS and Future Shop are offering the Z10 on Prepaid with a big price cut to $200 no-contract and also includes a $40 activation credit. Almost seems to good to be true.

(Thanks Todd!)

  • Max Fireman

    Wow, I remember I sold the one I won last year January for $700

    • Mindmeld

      But you probably bought it for $650, no?

    • Adam A J

      He said he won it lol

    • thisiscjay

      Lmfaooo

  • Super_Deluxe

    When will it go for $49.99 off contract?..

    I kid, I kid :D

    • Mindmeld

      During BTS…if there are any inventory left.

  • stevedion

    I got mine last week and unlocked it. Great value. With the new 10.2.1 there is no more App Gap excuse to not get a BB device.

    • stevedion

      EBay, they ask for IMEI, Network and Model of phone. Oh and they also ask for 25$.

    • crocop24

      A local flea market (dixie mall) unlocks these on the spot for $10

    • Stephen_81

      Do you know if they unlock all BlackBerry 10 models for $10?

    • Bri Bru

      what was the big change in 10.2.1 update?

    • Francois Roy

      ICS runtime instead of Gingerbread

    • Alejandro Díaz

      Actually is JellyBean 4.2.2, also the ability of installing apks directly.

    • Bri Bru

      What does it mean? ICS/Gingerbread/JB runtime?

      Do you get access to Google Playstore? If not, it’s not much different from how it was before when users could install apks by connecting to your PCs. I’m sure it’s now a little less hassle but I found a lot of apps didn’t work so well on BB10. Has the compatibility been improved?

    • Alejandro Díaz

      It means that the version of android was updated(it’s like updating an Android phone from 2.3 to 4.2.2) so more apps work now, the compatibility has been hugely improved I think about 80% of the apps work now.

      We can run the latest versions of Instagram, Skype, Netflix, Candy Crush, Clash of Clans, etc. you can also download the Amazon AppStore(or any other appstore you want) and install apps OTA.

    • Bri Bru

      Do these apps run as nicely as they do in Android devices? When I tried last time (long time ago), these apps were relatively slower/buggy on my Z10 than on my Nexus 4.

    • Alejandro Díaz

      I don’t have a suitable Android device to compare but a lot of apps run as fluid as native, the android version of Jetpack Joyride runs a bit better than the native version tbh.

    • Tom Blinky

      Stability and speed were the major upgrades with the 10.2.1 update, since I think Android apps can use hardware acceleration now.

      The other major change was ease of installation: you can run .APK files directly on the phone to install them now, instead of side-loading. First thing I grabbed was the Amazon app store.

    • Stephen_81

      While I can’t comment on how Android apps run on the Z10 as I am a Q10/Z30 user now, I can say that I have a proprietary Android app I use for one of my jobs that works faster and more fluidly on the Z30 vs how it works on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

      I don’t use any other Android app though friends who do say that they run excellently though with a loss of some notification functionality.

      BlackBerry 10.2.1 brought much more than just the Android runtime, my most used feature is Pinch Gesture to Filter BlackBerry Hub, What this does is that when I pick up my device and go into HUB I pinch the screen and it only shows me my priority communications, which are communications that have been identified as priority by either myself of by BlackBerry OS logic. this helps me address important things first then get back to the hodgepodge of handling emails and SMS/IM’s/Tweets from everyone else.

      BlackBerry 10 will likely never get Google Play store direct because of rules set out by Google and the displaying of the Android logo in places BlackBerry wouldn’t want to. but users who want access to Google Play need only install SNAP which is a store front that plugs directly into Google Play

    • EsperOni

      Sideloading snap will give you access to the Play Store, but Google services are hit and miss.

    • Benny X

      You can download an app called ‘Snap’ that gives you access to the Play Store. Blackberry isn’t part of the ‘Android Consortium’ of companies so it doesn’t get to use the Play Store app (although I think most of the other Google Apps work fine.. but I sold my BB a few months ago so I’m not current on whats going on)

    • Tom

      To be fair, apps requiring Google Play Services still won’t work or will at least require some clever hacks to run (not intuitive for most people).
      However, 10.2.1′s ability to direct-install APKs is an excellent feature that should be taken into consideration :)

  • KiwiBri

    Do they have a fm radio onboard?

    • Max Fireman

      The M8 does!

    • Ry29

      And Z30

    • Benny X

      one model of the Z10 has FM Radio functionality built in (the STL100-1) – as well as Miracast and WiFi Direct – but it was never activated/accessible by the software, so as not to appear ‘superior’ to the other Z10 models.

  • Ed Elliott

    I don’t even like blackberry but that’s a pretty good deal! :P

  • Conception

    I’d buy one if I knew it would work on Wind or Mobilicity, anyone know if this would?

    • Nauman.Choudhry

      It would depend on the model they are selling. You can do a quick check at crackberry to see if the telus one would work.

    • Subliminal7X

      As long as it’s a North American variant (ie. STL100-3) it should work once unlocked.

    • Nexzen

      Wind sells it for $249 works with mobi

    • Ry29

      If it’s an ST100-3, it will work with Wind/Mobi. I don’t think Telus sells any other model

    • Mindmeld

      …when it’s unlocked…

    • MXH070

      Bell and Telus have ST100-5

    • Ry29

      I think you are thinking of the STA100-5 (Z30). There is no STL100-5, just STL100-1 to STL100-3. My koodo Z10 was a STL100-3

      I will update my original post as I forgot to put the L in STL

    • MXH070

      Hmm you might be right. I just assumed my Bell Z10 is the same as my Bell Z30…

    • Bri Bru

      I thought all models in Canada are pentaband.

    • Subliminal7X

      STL100-1 is 3G model for places where there is not yet 4G LTE etc… Developing nations.
      STL100-2 Version caters to LTE frequencies found in Europe especially, Mid East etc.
      STL100-3 features North American LTE frequency bands, so should work with all N. American GSM providers once unlocked.
      STL100-4 is CDMA version for US providers like Verizon.

      3G will work on all models.

    • Ali F.

      I have 18 sealed factory unlocked that work with all carriers, including Wind and Mobilicity

    • Ali F.

      Lol…. $200 each. Go to Kijiji and look for factory unlocked blackberry z10.

    • Tom Blinky

      My Fido Z10 worked better with Wind than any of the Samsung phones Wind ever gave me, but Telus might have a different model.

  • sicsicpuppy

    Been that price for over 2 weeks

  • Nauman.Choudhry

    this deal has been going on for a few weeks, I checked for stock last week and they were all sold out. Maybe they have had more stock come in?

  • cs098

    That puts it in moto g territory, great hope that the q10 is also similarly priced.

    • Bri Bru

      I don’t think we’ll see that for a long time.

    • cs098

      Wonder why though, the q10 is simply a z10 with a keyboard.

    • Tom Blinky

      Better construction: the steel frame and glass-weave back bring up the price a little bit, and the keyboard means more moving parts.

      Which sucks, because I would buy the hell out of one at that price. Love my bright red Q5, but I miss my old Q10, if only for the AMOLED screen.

    • cs098

      So you downgraded? lol

      Yeah I miss keyboard phones so much.

    • Tom Blinky

      I placed a higher value on having a red phone than a phone of superior quality.

      I don’t regret my decision, but I do miss the Q10.

    • cs098

      Nice.

    • Stephen_81

      Because the Q10 has no competition, where the Z10 does.

      The Q5 is priced at $150 from Koodo, which is a phenomenal price point for a BlackBerry 10 PKB device.

    • cs098

      true I guess, and yeah the q5 looks great as well, is just bit lower end than the q10.

    • Stephen_81

      I had a Q5 until my car was broken into and it got stolen, and really it wasn’t much of a different experience. The Q5 runs all apps the same and at the same speed as the Q10 does, really because I am a NO case kind of guy and use my phone heavily that I need a replaceable battery ( I had to use the ThirdRail Case for my iPhone so I could swap Batteries in and out) the Q5 just couldn’t meet my needs like the Q10 does but for most I would encourage buying a Q5, it is the complete BlackBerry 10 PKB experience

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    Tempted to grab one instead of an iPod.

    • Tom

      Since you wouldn’t use it as a primary phone anyway, do it! It can run Android apps and you can get your music on and off the phone without iTunes – just plug it into a computer like a USB flash drive.

      And as a bonus, if your primary phone is lost/stolen/damaged, you have a viable backup phone to use. The iPod is just a PDA without phone capabilities and that reduces its worth in my opinion, unless it costs < $100.

      Even if the iPod was $100, I'd consider saving up an extra $50+ to get a phone instead, maybe a Moto G if not the Z10.

  • southerndinner

    Still not worth it.

    • Raj Brar

      What price point would it be worth it. $200 for a phone that has fast browser with flash, 16 Gb memory, 8 mpix camera, decent app selection and the hub is pretty good. The screen has over 300 ppi as well. Specs wise, there isn’t anything you can’t run. Swap batteries and you have 25 hour battery life with heavy use. I have mine since launch, still does everything I ask it to do.

  • leobg

    A hell of a good phone for this money!!!

  • Garrett Cooper

    Wonder if they’ll go lower or what this will do to the used market. Wouldn’t be opposed to finding one for like $150 to at least play around with BB10. That said, also wouldn’t mind finding a higher end WP8 device to play around with that too.

  • 3jjd

    MobiieSyrup, you are guys are a little late on this one. This price has been available since the beginning of the month, the only difference being that you could buy one back then. You’re not going to be able to find stock of this now.

  • Striker67

    They should be giving these out to existing BB customers to get them upgraded to BB10 and encourage use of the new operating system. The write down is there and additional monies would come in with the purchase of BB10 apps which would then encourage the further development of quality BB10 apps.

    • Stephen_81

      Except that if you are holding onto a BlackBerry 7 device the BlackBerry Z10 isn’t your solution. a BlackBerry Q5 would more likely be up your ally.

      I love my BlackBerry, and was quick to get the Z10 at launch, but if I was a single phone user and didn’t continue with my 9790 I would not have been happy. Now as a Q10 user BlackBerry 10 is excellent, but I very much am waiting for the BlackBerry Classic to launch. THAT is the device for BlackBerry 7 users to upgrade to.

  • MrMM

    Pretty good deal! But hope they don’t stop offering support like after the playbook clearance sale

    • Ski Baron

      They are still sending security and software updates to the Playbook to this day.

    • MrMM

      true, OS10 would have been nice though!

  • Ski Baron

    But i bet if you go to Future Shop they will try their hardest not to sell you one. When I went to buy one of the playbooks when they went down to $120 they nearly refused to sell me one, i actually had to fight with a sales person to get one. At this price the Playbook was a fantastic deal and I am still so happy with it. Now this Z10 is a killer deal but I bet Future Shop will give you a hassle. There is bias against Blackberry based on nothing. It appears some corporations are actively trying to sink BB. BB10 is fantastic!

  • Ski Baron

    By law all carriers must unlock your phone in Canada, there may be a small waiting period but it usually around $50.

    • Stewie J. Powers

      There’s no law on actually unlocking, only a CRTC regulation that phones purchased must be unlocked upon meeting certain restrictions. 1. if phone is subsidized, it needs to be on said network for 90 days and bills must be paid (no past due balance on account) 2. if phone is bought full price, phone can be unlocked immediately and charged the 35$(TELUS) or 50$(every other Canadian company). TELUS has been ahead of the curb with this offering unlocks since 2011, before the other big guys, and going from 50$ down to 35$ for unlocks in October 2012, when they revised pricing and charges on 26 different types of services offered (such as recon fees, activation fees, transfer of ownership fees etc) and dwindled it down to a short list of 10 services, way before any regulation was in place, or even thought of.

  • Stewie J. Powers

    just a heads up about the 40$ Activation credit… its not actually 40$. how it works is 10$ for the activation, and if you add an option for 6 consecutive months you receive 6x 5$ top ups to your account… miss one month,one day, one minute even, the credits stop immediately and no way of getting them to start up again as this is an automatic top up by system.

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