Cell C revealed today (31 May 2013) that it will be offering the new BlackBerry Q10 on its Straight Up contract packages from 1 June 2013.
Until now, Vodacom was the only mobile network operator in South Africa selling the device, though Cell C, MTN, and Telkom Mobile have all stated their intentions to offer it on contract.
This announcement follows yesterday’s introduction of Cell C’s new “Straight Up Infinity” contract package, which offers unlimited voice calls to other Cell C subscribers.
In addition to a BlackBerry-style QWERTY hardware keyboard, the BlackBerry Q10 features a 3.1-inch touch display, and support for Near Field Communications and Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology.
None of the models of the device support the 2,100MHz LTE band which Cell C has announced it will be using for the technology.
The table below summarises the contract deals Cell C said it will be offering:
|BlackBerry Q10 on Cell C||Price||Data||Voice||SMS|
|Straight Up 100||R429||100MB + 500MB (BB Lite)||100 minutes||100|
|Straight Up 200||R499||200MB + 1GB (BB Essential)||200 minutes||200|
|Straight Up 400||R649||400MB + 2GB (BB Premium)||400 minutes||400|
|Straight Up 800||R949||800MB + 2GB (BB Premium)||800 minutes||800|
|Straight Up Infinity||R999||3GB + 500MB (BB Lite)||0 (“infinite” on-net)||0|
|Unlimited BBM on all Cell C BB plans; BB Premium includes BES.|
Update: New information from Cell C on Monday (3 June 2013) included details on the BlackBerry data plans that would be included with the BlackBerry Q10. The table now reflects this.