BlackBerry 10: Bell Begins Pre-registration And Reveals $700 Retail Price

By Anu Passary email: a.passary@mobilenapps.com | Jan 05, 2013 08:38 PM EST

With the CES 2013 and RIM's BlackBerry 10 press event in the offing, January has all the makings of an eventful month for tech experts and enthusiasts alike.  

RIM's press event is slated for Jan. 30, where the Canadian company is expected to unveil its re-invented BlackBerry line-up of devices, based on its new BlackBerry 10 OS. Now, per reports, Canadian carrier Bell has opened up pre-registrations for the BlackBerry 10 devices, which will give fans a chance "to receive more information on BlackBerry 10."

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What's more, the carrier even has a contest up and running! Bell will give away five new BlackBerry 10 devices to eligible participants who pre-register for updates.

"Pre-register for updates and be automatically entered into a weekly draw to win the newest BlackBerry 10 device," notes Bell's official Web site.

The draw will take place every Tuesday and the contest period is from Jan. 4 to Jan. 30.  The contest is open to all residents of Canada, barring Quebec, and those who have "reached the age of majority in their province of residence as of the date of entering the Contest" are eligible. To see if you're eligible, check the contest terms and conditions here.

Bell has not let on if the device's up for grabs is the all-touch or QWERTY/Touch.  Interestingly, the fine print of Bell's contest terms and conditions have spilled the beans on the BlackBerry 10 devices' pricing and states "Approx retail value $700.00 Cdn each."

Even though it is unclear at this juncture if the CAD$ 700 price tag is for the all-touch BlackBerry 10, the news fuels excitement as the BB10 launch date nears.

Additionally, per a MobileSyrup report, an internal document the site received reveals that "the BB10 device will support HD Voice" and RIM will "release a Bell Mobile TV app into BlackBerry World post launch."

RIM's much-anticipated BB10 launch maybe drawing closer, but it remains to be seen if the smartphone maker can revive its dwindling fortunes and take the smartphone market by storm.

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