CANADIAN PHONE MAKER Blackberry's latest handset, the affordable Blackberry 9720, has gone up for preorder at Carphone Warehouse.
We already know that the Blackberry 9720 will cost £180 SIM-free, thanks to Expansys, and Carphone Warehouse had already revealed that the device will start shipping in September.
Now we've caught a glimpse of the handset's pay monthly pricing courtesy of Carphone Warehouse once again, with the retailer offering the Blackberry 9720 on tariffs with O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
The cheapest offer is a 24 month £11 contract with O2, which comes with a not so generous 50 minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB of monthly data. The best deal seems to be a slightly more expensive 24 month £15.50 T-Mobile contract, which gives buyers 50 minutes, 250 texts and a 1GB data allowance.
Carphone Warehouse is taking preorders for the Blackberry 9720 in black, white, blue, pink and purple. Bizarrely, the pink and purple models apparently will start shipping a month later, with the retailer promising an October release date.
The Blackberry 9720 was announced earlier this week, and oddly arrives running the firm's ageing BB7 operating system, which the firm claims is still popular in emerging markets.
Confirming its aim for the low-end smartphone market, the Blackberry 9720 also features a 2.7in 480x360 touchscreen, a single-core 806MHz processor, 512MB memory, a 1,450mAh battery and a 5MP rear-facing camera. Like the higher specification Blackberry Q10, there's also a physical keyboard.
The Blackberry 9720 is available to preorder from Carphone Warehouse now. The retailer has yet to announce a release date. µ
Users in the UK have until 11am Saturday to push the button
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