BlackBerry Mobile has announced the final release date for the new BlackBerry KEYone secure Android smartphone for Canada and the United States. This anticipated device will be available for purchase on May 31.
Canadian carriers which will bring the KEYone to their customers are Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business. The device will be available for a two year plan at a retail price of $199 CAD.
President and General Manager of TCL Communications (TCT), Steve Cistulli is thrilled to bring this device to consumers:
The BlackBerry story has such a rich history here in Canada, and we’re proud to be part of the new evolution of BlackBerry smartphones that reimagine how we communicate and stay connected with a device that is so distinctly different.
The United States release follows the same timeline. It will be available on May 31. This release will include both CDMA and GSM variants. While BlackBerry Mobile has confirmed the release date, they are unable to announce informations promising more details about US carrier release dates.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure tweeted that Sprint will sell the BlackBerry KEYone later this year.
Pre-orders from selected partners will begin on May 18. …
Tech writers are very excited about this new smartphone. For example, read more about it in that 24hr-test article, “Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry’s KEYone is one hell of a comeback“.