BlackBerry Key2 available July 6th (preorder June 21st)

I'm looking across the table at a meeting and watching a few of my colleagues use old BlackBerries and won't give them up because they need to type.  Try as I might to show them how swiping keyboards or autocompletion works and is faster they still won't budge.

Problem is, their options are getting pretty slim.  Except the new BlackBery Key2 is coming out soon.

And that 'soon' now has a date:  July 6th

So go and celebrate Canada Day, heck the week and when you're done your revelry you can go and pick up the new Key2 for either $830CDN outright or from $95-$100 on a contract at Bell, Rogers, SaskTel or Telus.

Think you'll be a little too worn out from all the Canada Day celebrations to get it or have not touched your saved money to buy it, you can preorder the device starting tomorrow (June 21st) at Rogers.

Now, these will be the device in Black.  To get a silver version you'll have to buy outright via Amazon, or other online shops.

Check out the press release below for more official details.



This all-new BlackBerry smartphone brings together iconic BlackBerry features with new experiences that include a dual-rear camera, more intelligent keyboard and improved privacy controls TORONTO – JUNE 20, 2018 – The newest and most-advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet is coming to Canada on July 6 with the launch of BlackBerry® KEY2 available at Bell, Rogers, SaskTel and at select TELUS locations, and will also be available carrier unlocked later in July at select online retailers. Featuring an iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited’s best security and privacy enhancements, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone packs a number of features that are firsts for any BlackBerry smartphone. Running the latest Android™ 8.1 Oreo operating system, the BlackBerry KEY2 is the first ever BlackBerry smartphone to feature a dual rear camera. It also includes the introduction of Speed Key, a universal shortcut key that now makes it possible to instantly access the apps, contacts and functions you use most from anywhere on your device at any time.

BlackBerry KEY2 in Black is available starting July 6 at:
 Bell: starting at $99 CAD on a 2-year term
 Rogers: starting at $95 CAD on a 2-year term
 SaskTel: starting at $99 CAD on a 2-year term
 TELUS: starting at $100 CAD on 2-year term

The BlackBerry KEY2 in Silver will be available carrier unlocked at,,,, and in July starting at $829.99 CAD outright.

Rogers will begin offering pre-sale of BlackBerry KEY2 for both consumer and business customers starting on June 21. For more information visit a Rogers retail store or

You can read more about the BlackBerry KEY2 here:

“Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next,” said Alain Lejeune, Senior Vice President, TCL Communication & President, BlackBerry Mobile. “With the introduction of BlackBerry KEY2, we’ve created a distinct smartphone that captures all the traits that have made BlackBerry smartphones iconic, while introducing new innovations and experiences that not only make this one of the best devices for security and privacy, but also the most advanced BlackBerry smartphone ever.”

“BlackBerry phones are the world’s most secure Android smartphones. We design them for security from the inside out and we’re proud to partner with TCL Communication on the launch of their all-new BlackBerry KEY2,” said Alex Thurber, SVP and GM of Mobility Solutions at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry has been iterating and perfecting our approach to mobile security for decades, and we’re excited to have this new genuine, modern BlackBerry smartphone available for our fans around the world to enjoy.”

For more information about the all-new BlackBerry KEY2 from TCL Communication, please visit