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    February 21, 2013

    BlackBerry Z10 now available in SA

    Vodacom today launched the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone in SA. This smartphone is now available from Vodacom World in Midrand and will be available from other Vodacom stores on 22 February 2013.

    The BlackBerry Z10  is available on contract at R479 per month and the offer will include:

    • 75 voice minutes, 150 SMS & 575 MB x 24 months
    • Unlimited BBM texting until 31 May 2013. A new BBM VAS offer will be launched from 1 June 2013; pricing information will be available closer to launch.

    The BlackBerry Internet Service is not available on BlackBerry 10 but it is available on earlier BlackBerry devices; this includes all BlackBerry devices on OS7.1 and earlier. This means users will have to start using data bundles like the rest of the smartphone world.

    The new BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone based on the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, which we were very impressed with at the recent launch. The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is the fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet.

    Phil Patel, Chief Officer of the Consumer Business Unit at Vodacom said: “œWe‘re delighted that today our customers are among the first in Africa to experience the new BlackBerry Z10 smartphone powered by BlackBerry 10. We‘ll also be launching the BlackBerry Z10 LTE which will be available at stores by mid March, so our customers can look forward to enjoying the new features on the BlackBerry Z10 and a great internet mobile experience“.

    “œThe BlackBerry Z10 smartphone delivers a powerful new mobile computing platform for BlackBerry customers. With BlackBerry 10, every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep customers moving,“ said Alexandra Zagury, managing director at BlackBerry for South and Southern Africa.

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    • You paying through your ass for this phone, yet you must still buy data bundles. BB can keep the phone then! That sucks! I love my BB, but with this kind of ‘service’, they will lose me as well as many more as customers.

      • Wait and see what the other operators come it at – this isn’t competitive at all!

        • VR

          Well considering that the major perk of Blackberry in South Africa (and am sure among other countries with costly data) is the free browsing, messaging and so on.

          That they now remove that from offering isn’t good.

          What is so good about Z10/Q10 compared to Apple/Android?

      • MandM

        You will pay even more for an iphone and you will also have to buy data… The problem in SA is the cost of data and this can’t be blamed on the phone manufacturers

      • sJohng

        its 3 grand cheaper than nearest competitor – which also requires data bundle subscriptions.

    • Tarryn Chandler

      I really wanted this phone, but no ways am I going to pay for data, that’s just ridiculous and goes against the convenience of having a blackberry

    • Blackberry still provides the option for you to use their BIS on lower end phones. The Z10 needs to get in there and compete against the likes of Android/Apple/Windows (which ONLY uses bundles). This is a good thing and I wish Blackberry all the best. BTW – Loving my Z10!!!

    • goodbye blackberry, time for me to move on

    • Hielke

      LTE is now a must have and yet the Blackberry offering in SA will be without this capability, This maybe an awesome phone but without LTE I won’t consider