Verizon won’t be offering the LG Nexus 5, but that doesn’t mean that Big Red doesn’t have some tricks up its sleeves. The company is jumping into the Holiday season with an interesting offering; the BlackBerry Z30. That’s right folks, Verizon is offering the BlackBerry Z30 today, for a price of $199 with a new two-year contract.
Wait, what? Have Verizon execs been hanging out with Toronto mayor Rob Ford? Sure seems like it.
While the BlackBerry Z30 is a pretty powerful phone, BlackBerry’s future is not looking too bright. With Thorsten Heins stepping down from his CEO position last week, and BlackBerry slashing jobs across the board. The only thing BlackBerry seems to be doing right at the moment is BBM, which has been received with great success and has millions of users across the world.
The BlackBerry Z30 ships with a 5 inch 720p HD display, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, wireless charging, BlackBerry Natural Sound, as well as a non removable but large 2,800 mAh battery. The BlackBerry Z30 can be purchased online through Verizon’s website for $199.99 with a new two-year contract.
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Press release follows below.
BlackBerry Z30 Available in November Exclusively from Verizon Wireless
UPDATE – Tuesday, Nov. 12: The BlackBerry Z30 will be available online starting Thursday, Nov. 14 for $199.99 with new two-year activation.
Oct. 28 – Big screens on smartphones mean less squinting when reading emails or editing documents, easier typing on a larger keyboard, and more sharing videos with friends sitting next to you. The newest smartphone from BlackBerry will make that all possible.
Coming in November, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone with 5-inch HD display will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with new two-year activation. Verizon Edge is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade for $22.91 per month for 24 months.
Gamers will appreciate the HD screen for mobile gaming on the go, but the BlackBerry Z30 also supports Miracast to wirelessly connect to a compatible HDTV and mirror exactly what’s on the smartphone to the HDTV’s larger display. Business professionals, for example, can walk into a boardroom with only their smartphone and show their presentation on an HDTV to colleagues or supervisors.
Besides the big HD screen, BlackBerry Z30 includes the BlackBerry Hub, a single place on the smartphone where users can access all their conversations. BBMs, Twitter @ replies, emails, text messages, Facebook event invites and more can be found in one place without launching each app individually. And within BlackBerry Hub is the Priority Hub, which learns what conversations are important to the user, helping them stay even more organized and focused.
Watching a video or editing a document requires attention until suddenly a message arrives and the tough dilemma arises – do you continue focusing on watching or editing, or do you leave the app to check and reply to the message? BBM on the BlackBerry Z30 eliminates that dilemma with BBM Now. It gives users a preview of any BBM as it arrives and lets them either dismiss or reply without leaving the app they’re currently using. BBM is now also available on Android and iOS so BlackBerry fans can BBM with friends on those devices.
The BlackBerry Z30 also comes with a 2880mAh battery that can last an entire day (25 hours with mixed usage) and includes support for wireless charging, so users can easily charge it by setting it on a wireless charger – no wires or plugging in necessary.