We’re nearing the arrival of the BlackBerry KeyOne in North America.
It’s been a couple of months since we heard anything about the KeyOne, but today BlackBerry is going public with information on the phone’s availability in North America. Now we know when you’ll be able to buy BlackBerry’s latest if you’re in the United States or Canada. And, while there are no pricing details attached, it’s useful for most people to know when and where the KeyOne will be offered.
BlackBerry’s KeyOne will be released in the United States and Canada on May 31.
The KeyOne in the United States will be sold in two unlocked variants to support both GSM and CDMA networks. Select carriers, too, plan on selling the phone; however, BlackBerry isn’t sharing that with us right now. Sprint is the only confirmed carrier to offer the KeyOne this summer.
Partners who will sell the KeyOne in Canada include Bell, Bell MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, and TELUS Business. It’ll start at $199 CAD with a two-year contract, and pre-ordering opens on May 18. The full retail price, meanwhile, is not yet clear though it’s likely to be $549 in the United States.
There’s a strong possibility that availability in both countries is better than any of BlackBerry’s previous Android devices because a different company is handling hardware these days. TCL, you may recall, signed an agreement in 2016 with BlackBerry to take over the production of BlackBerry-branded devices. While BlackBerry continues developing software with productivity and security at the core, TCL actually creates the phones.
If you’re interested in knowing what the KeyOne is like, you can watch the hands on video we did at MWC 2017 in Barcelona. That should hold you over until our full review is published next month alongside BlackBerry’s release of the KeyOne. Needless to say May will be a very busy month between the KeyOne’s arrival, HTC introducing its 2017 flagship, and Google I/O 2017.