BlackBerry's last rites and release: Z30 arrives on Optus and Telstra

BlackBerry's last rites and release: Z30 arrives on Optus and Telstra

Summary: Before the end of this month, Australian customers on Optus and Telstra's networks will be able to purchase the BlackBerry Z30.

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As another potential suitor for the beleaguered company known as BlackBerry appears in the form of Lenovo, the company has announced that its new flagship Z30 device will be available in Australia across the two major telco networks before the end of October.

Optus Business customers will have the first opportunity to purchase the device from today, with Optus retail and Telstra customers having the opportunity to take on a Z30 from October 29th. From November 1st, customers will be able to purchase the device from Harvey Norman, with the retailer currently taking pre-orders.

The phone carries a manufacturers' suggested retail price of AU$749.00 to purchase the phone outright, but Telstra announced that will be available for outright for AU$672, or free on a 24-month AU$80 Business Performance Plan that offers AU$800 worth of included calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 1.5GB of data. Optus pricing is currently unannounced.

The device's hardware consists of a 1280x720 pixel, 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage that is expandable with a MicroSD card, an 8-megapixel camera, and support for LTE.

The lack of the Z30 on Vodafone continues a pattern established at the start of this year when Australia's third telco lagged behind Optus and Telstra in selling BlackBerry handsets.

As an entity, BlackBerry is currently surrounded by a maelstrom of rumour, speculation, and bad omens, as the company looks to sell itself off.

Last month, BlackBerry announced that it was culling 4,500 jobs from its workforce, and recorded a loss of US$965 million for its second quarter. At the end of its latest quarter, the company held a total of US$2.6 billion in cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments, down from US$3.1 billion at the end of the previous quarter.

With reports today suggesting that Lenovo may look to purchase the company, it is speculated that the company has a trio of suitors to choose from following interest from co-founder and former chief executive Mike Lazaridis after the company signed a letter of intent in September with Fairfax Financial to sell itself for US$4.7 billion.

Under the terms of the letter, Fairfax and its consortium would acquire the 90 percent of shares that Fairfax does not own with cash.

BlackBerry is in the middle of a six week window where the consortium conducts due diligence and the company can find a better offer.

Topics: BlackBerry, Telcos, Australia

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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  • BlackBerry

    what should buyunlockphone.co.uk to do
    faesfes
  • Negative article as usual

    Pessimist title to start off & seemed like just an article written to take a bite at BB. BB Bashing the media seems to enjoy it not cool.

    Give more space to the product itself rather than ONLY 3 lines in your entire article.
    Meherzad Sherdiwala
    • Ignore the fool

      Everyone is attacking BB and its funny what did BB to them that there is such hate for the company. The Idiot doesn't know what he's talking about he even wrote "The device's hardware consists of a 1280x720 pixel, 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage that is expandable with a MicroSD card, an 8-megapixel camera, and support for LTE." IT'S NOT A QUAD CORE CPU BUT GPU!!!. So get your facts straight before making an article. I have the Z10 and best OS every trust me :)
      Anthony Roberts
      • z30

        Pretty sure it's quad core...
        Georgefly97
      • oops

        Never mind just looked it up. At any rate, I still would love the phone like I love my z10, because it's optimized to run the software on the hardware it has, making it incredibly smooth.
        Georgefly97
  • Give it a rest

    It's been 2 years of "Any day now they will exit the market". We heard it before BB10 launched, the Z10 launch, the Q10 and now the Z30 launch. It seems the mindset is to keep the pressure and mindset that Blackberry is going under at a fever.

    Now I am not giving Blackberry a pass as their execution the past 2 years has been horrendous. They are never on time, they break promises but I give them credit to keep pushing forward. They are getting little to no carrier support (where consumers purchase devices) so it's not a surprise they are not selling. When all the media says is constantly negative it impacts sales.

    Which is too bad as BB10 is a nice OS, the devices are decent hardware and on par with others in the market. It's funny that both the Z10 and Z30 are larger than the beloved iPhone. But who's to knock such a beautiful device right? It's perfection.

    I hope whoever takes over Blackberry gets their house in order and starts pushing back. Market the crap out of the OS. Try new sales channels. Sell the Z30 as WiFi only for $199 and sell directly like Google does with the Nexus line. Try a device with Android on it. It can't be that hard to fork Android onto your devices. You have a pile of Z10's to retrofit and shake things up.

    It seems too many people have a bone with Blackberry and cannot let go of past errors. Don't be so eager to have less choice in the market. That's never a good thing.
    MobileAdmin
  • Seriously... Sick of these Death Titles !

    Well, I just got a Z30 despite the comments of mediocre differentiation and "screen not Full HD like this and that Android" etc....
    It is awesome. Well built, great to hold, screen looks great including playing games, and OS 10.2 is improving all the time. Was considering switching to Sony, but decided to put that off for now, and give this a shot, and it is awesome when actually used in hand.
    BeachTech000
  • Available Capital ?

    "At the end of its latest quarter, the company held a total of US$2.6 million in cash, cash equivalents, short-term and long-term investments, down from US$3.1 billion at the end of the previous quarter."

    Chris, surely this is a typo ?

    US$2.6b is more like it ?
    Winston97