UK MOBILE OPERATORS Orange and T-Mobile have started selling the Blackberry Q5 ahead of its release in mid-July.
The Blackberry Q5 was unveiled last month as a midrange alternative to the Blackberry Z10 and Q10 smartphones. The handset features the firm's Blackberry 10 operating system, along with a 3.1in HD touchscreen, a physical QWERTY keypad and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
There's also 2GB of RAM, 5MP and 2MP cameras, 8GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB and a 2,180mAh battery.
Both Orange and T-Mobile are clearly looking to win over buyers with the Blackberry Q5, and are offering a free handset to the first 5,000 people who order the phone, waiving the £49 upfront cost.
This means that at the Orange website the Blackberry Q5 can be picked up for free on a £26 24 month contract, complete with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB of monthly data.T-Mobile's pricing is just as cheap, but it's tariff is more generous than that of its partner network. The operator's £26 contract offers buyers a free Blackberry Q5, 300 minutes, 500 texts and 1MB of data each month.
EE will also be offering the handset on its 4G tariffs, but it hasn't started taking preorders just yet.
For those who don't fancy signing their lives away on a two year contract, the Blackberry Q5 can also be bought SIM-free for £349.98. That's courtesy of Unlocked-mobiles, which says it will start shipping orders on 15 July. µ