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.
When mainstream media starts recognizing a BlackBerry device, you can tell the tide has turned.
For far too long, the only time you’d see the BlackBerry name spoken about in mainstream media, it would be to speak of their supposed death, or layoffs, or poor earnings, or some other contrived negative impression. That attitude is apparently starting to erode. A post on the Fox News website from early March, shows as a perfect example.
Samsung is of course seen as the one to beat in the world of Android. And with a new Samsung flagship arriving, of course it is time to write about alternatives to the new S8. Fox News has done just that. And while they probably wouldn’t appreciate being called mainstream media, that’s precisely what they are.
In their report, and accompanying video with the editor in chief of tech website Tom’s Guide, they show off the KEYone as one of a few alternatives to the S8. And that is something we just haven’t seen in a very long time.
One step closer to the release of the BlackBerry KEYone, the device just received FCC approval. We all know that the device should be available in April, and we are only one week away from entering the month. After the FCC approval there are no other obstacles for any delay.
You can check availability in your area through BlackBerry Mobile website. Some online stores and carriers have already stated that they will carry the new BlackBerry KEYone, and we are looking to hear for more, especially from US carriers. Perhaps with this approval they will do it faster.