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New Blackberrys coming to Bermuda in spring

The new BlackBerry smartphones are expected to be available in Bermuda this spring.

Both Digicel and CellOne said yesterday they would be carrying the new, revamped BlackBerrys, which boast a touch screen and new BB10 operating system.

“We estimate that April is when the devices will arrive to Bermuda,” a Digicel Bermuda spokesman told

The Royal Gazette. “We don’t have an estimate on pricing yet but we imagine it will be comparable to other top-tier smartphones. “

Shane McDonnell, sales director for Digicel Bermuda, added: “There has been a steady flow of questions from our customers in relation to availability of the new device in Bermuda. Having been able to preview the BlackBerry 10 Smartphone I strongly believe it will become a popular device with our corporate and retail customers.

“The advancements made on Apps and the ability to balance your work and personal life on the BlackBerry 10 will be welcomed by our customers.“

The new BlackBerrys are supposed to run faster, pull up multiple applications simultaneously and enable users to separate their professional and personal lives with a feature called “Balance”.

The first devices in the new crop of BlackBerrys will be called the Q10, which will feature a physical keyboard like previous versions of the phone, and the Z10 will have only touch-screen keyboard, like Apple Inc’s trendsetting iPhone and other handsets.

CellOne said it also expected to carry the new BlackBerrys in about two months.

“As the largest and fastest 4G wireless carrier with the most BlackBerry customers in Bermuda, we were excited by the launch announcement of BlackBerry 10 by Research in Motion (RIM) (yesterday),” said Frank Amaral, COO of CellOne.

“The BlackBerry Z10 will be the first device to run on their new BlackBerry 10 operating system which so far is getting excellent reviews in pre-launch testing. Our corporate customers can also look forward to a new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, BlackBerry’s evolved Enterprise Mobile Management solution, which now extends beyond managing just BlackBerry.

“In addition to supporting older BlackBerry OS devices, the PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 phones, BES10 also supports device and enterprise application management for iOS and Android.”

Mr Amaral added: “We are looking forward to launching the product here at CellOne, which will occur sometime in the next few months. As we get closer to a launch date, we will release more information to the public including pricing and plan options.”

Digicel said it’s launching the new BlackBerry across the Caribbean.

In a statement, Diogicel said: “Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep customers moving and includes advancements such as:

Peek and Flow into the BlackBerry Hub A new mobile computing paradigm where what matters to customers is always only one swipe away.

Keyboard Understands and adapts to customers, so they can type faster and more accurately.

BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) Allows customers to share things with the people that matter to them in an instant.

BlackBerry Balance technology Protects what is important to customers and the businesses they work for.

New look: The BlackBerry 10 is displayed at a launch in New York yesterday.

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Published January 31, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 30, 2013 at 6:55 pm)

New Blackberrys coming to Bermuda in spring

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