Optus has started pre-orders and has announced its plans for the BlackBerry Z10 – the first phone with its new (and long-awaited given that it has been delayed for so long) BlackBerry 10 OS.
The phone will be available on its $60 Optus Plan and $60 Business Complete Plan with a $6 monthly handset repayment fee. Both plans will include $650 of included value, 1.5GB of data, unlimited national SMS and unlimited voice calls between Optus mobile phones. Business customers get unlimited voicemail access as well.
Of course, if you don’t want to pay a monthly handset repayment fee – get ready to pay $100 on its Optus Timeless plan – where you get 3GB of data, unlimited national calls and unlimited national SMS and MMS. Either way, be expected to pay around $48 or more per month for the device (that’s based on its lowest plan: the $30 Optus Plan + $18 monthly handset repayment fee with 200MB of included data).
The Z10 features a 4.2-inch display with 356ppi; with 16GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot to expand the storage) and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The Q10, however, also adds a touchscreen but includes the physical QWERTY keyboard; and does come with 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Both phones include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 4G connectivity and NFC support.
Optus say the phone will ship out to customers from March 25; and you can pre-order the BlackBerry Z10 on its website.