QWERTY lovers can get their hands on BlackBerry Q10 in late April

For the BlackBerry diehards that have passed on the touch-only Q10 out of preference a QWERTY keyboard model, your wait is almost over.

Canadian carriers Telus Mobility and Rogers Communications have both begun accepting online pre-orders for the BlackBerry Q10, at a price of $199 on a three-year contract. Telus is advertising a ship date of Apr. 29th, while Rogers is silent on that point.

Rogers is offering the Q10 in black or white for $649.99 without a contract, while Telus is only offering the black model, and wants $700 without a contract.

Waterloo, Ont.-based Blackberry released its Q4 financial earnings in late February, reporting a before tax profit of $94 million for Q4 on revenue of $2.7 billion. The vendor also reported selling 1 million of its new Z10 smartphones in the quarter, which came ahead of the recent launch into the important U.S. market. The vendor also has $1 billion in cash it can dip into to market the new handsets.

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Jeff Jedras
Jeff Jedras
A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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