BlackBerry strikes back with new BlackBerry 10 smartphones
Though it has been steadily losing market share in the smartphone arena to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms, the company behind the BlackBerry smartphone operating system is getting back in the game.
BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, has just announced a new operating system and two new smartphones to go with it. BlackBerry 10 is the software, which was released for BlackBerry users on Jan. 30. BlackBerry 10 offers a new intelligent keyboard, a new camera app, and support for eight “active frames,” or simultaneously running applications with data displayed in windows on the device’s home screen.
Along with BlackBerry 10 came the announcement of two new smartphones: the Z10 and the Q10. Both are expected out this spring, but even older BlackBerrys can benefit from the new software.
Your favorite electronics stores
Given how long-running and popular the BlackBerry brand is, you can pretty much find yourself a new BlackBerry smartphone almost anywhere. There are potentially lots of deals available, too, especially with BlackBerry in the news of late. Best Buy, for example, offers 2 percent cash back, and Target currently will give you up to 4 percent cash back. Radio Shack and Walmart will dish out 3 percent cach back.
Cellular carriers and cash back
It’s no surprise that another great place to grab a new phone is from the cellular carrier of your choice. You can find BlackBerry devices with just about any of the major U.S. carriers: AT&T offers $100 cash back on many of its orders, for a start. T-Mobile offers $37.50 cash back and Sprint offers $30.
If the reinvigorated BlackBerry is for you, grabbing a slightly older (but still very capable) device may be a better option for you than waiting for the new phones to come out later this quarter. Either way, with BlackBerry 10 now available, it’s a great time to try the brand that got us all hooked on smartphones.
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