Rogers will not carry BlackBerry Z30 over limited store space
Canadian carrier Rogers is refusing to carry the BlackBerry Z30 in stores, citing that it can only "pick what we think are the biggest winners" to display on its limited shelf space. The Globe and Mail reports that it will still stock the Z10 and Q10 smartphones, suggesting it won't be going as far as T-Mobile, but a BlackBerry spokesperson revealed that competitors Bell and Telus will sell the Z30.
BlackBerry smartphones in website sales supplied unlocked
BlackBerry is attempting to improve the sales of some of its smartphones by making them available directly. The manufacturer is selling the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 through its website, with the incoming BlackBerry Z30 also being seen at the FCC ahead of its expected release on networks in Canada in the near future.
Low revenues, high losses confirmed, conference call cancelled
BlackBerry has released its quarterly financial results, on the same day as its Z30 smartphone goes on sale in the United Kingdom. Just as it expected, it managed to earn $1.6 billion in revenues for the second quarter, down from the $2.9 billion in the same period last year, though the operating loss is marginally less than the $1 billion predicted, reaching $965 million.
Microsoft opens trade-in scheme to more devices, larger credits
Microsoft has expanded its buyback scheme to include other devices. The Clover Wireless-managed program, which offered $200 gift cards for iPad trade-ins, now offers up to $350 for a range of smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone. Notably, while Microsoft is pushing participants to buy Windows-based devices with their funds, the form does not appear to allow users to select the Microsoft Surface for trade-in, though the Nokia Lumia range is still tradeable.
New BlackBerry larger, faster than Z10, adds tunable antenna
BlackBerry has added another touchscreen-only device to its BlackBerry 10 OS range, as reported previously. The follows on from the BlackBerry Z10 in losing the physical keyboard, but with a larger 5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1,280x720 resolution and a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.
BlackBerry aiming for the large handset market with new 5-inch Z30
The BlackBerry Z30 is expected to launch in Malaysia next week, reports Pocket-lint. The new 720p 5-inch device, also known by its A10 codename, is also expected to reach India and France next week followed by a US launch two to three weeks later. The rumor aligns with BlackBerry special events scheduled for September 18 in each of the named countries.