Telus caves, will sell BlackBerry KEYone to consumers

Telus caves, will sell BlackBerry KEYone to consumers
Yesterday, we told you that Steve Cistulli, President and GM of TCL Communication North America, had confirmed heavy launch day demand for the BlackBerry KEYone. It is that kind of demand for the device that has forced Canadian carrier Telus to make a 180 degree change, and offer the phone to consumers. Originally, Telus had planned to sell the KEYone to its business accounts only. Telus probably figured that only business users would be interested in the physical QWERTY that adorns the front of the handset.

But after word got out about the phone's long lasting battery life and ease of typing, non-business subscribers demanded that Telus give them the opportunity to buy what many have called the best BlackBerry in years. And after deliberating, the carrier made the decision to offer the KEYone to all of its subscribers.

We have to say that something interesting is going on here. When was the last time that you heard of a carrier (even one based in Canada, BlackBerry's home turf) get deluged with requests to carry a BlackBerry? It seems that the BlackBerry KEYone has touched a nerve. Yes, there are people out there who would rather own a tank-like handset with superior battery life than the latest super-thin handset with an edge-to-edge screen.

Telus says that it will soon disseminate information to its non enterprise customer base about pricing and availability of the BlackBerry KEYone. You might not be able to fight City Hall, but you can get a wireless operator to change its mind about carrying a phone.


source: CrackBerry

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  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3505 mAh

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49 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Good on Telus! It's great to see the device get wide availability in Canada, and by all accounts seems to have generated some solid interest.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Glad Telus decided to change its previous decision and sell the BlackBerry KEYone to consumers. I personally don't see why they would deny themselves the extra sales in the first place, but that's neither here nor there now. BlackBerry/TCL really has a winner with the KEYone.

4. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed. That's going to be awesome for regular consumers!

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

*Regular blackberry consumers

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Prove that it's only "regular BlackBerry consumers" that want the KEYone, or you're just posting more conjecture, mxyzptlk. Don't worry, I'll wait....

10. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

*Flash Remember what happened the last time you accused me of conjecture? You ended up deflecting and changing the subject to running with your tail between your legs.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're mxyzptlk. Lol, do YOU remember what happened the last time I proved that you were posting conjecture? You couldn't prove otherwise, and YOU went running with your tail tucked firmly up your bum because I got the last word in.

22. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You're alphageek. No I didn't. Leave it up to you to post your usual false narrative. Leave it up to you to sit there and copy my response almost word to word.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

No I'm not. I already proved that I'm not. And I proved that you're mxyzptlk. Yes you did. Leave it up up to you to try and change the facts to suit your false narrative. Leave it up to you to project and lie and say that you're not mxyzptlk, when EVERYONE knows that you are.

34. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Dude, who are you trying to kid? You are alphageek. You have the same exact avatar. The same exact mad love for BlackBerry. The same temper when you don't get your way, which is how you apparently lost that account. You admitted to using your other alias in the blog post I linked before. You are busted, alphageek.

39. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, who are YOU trying to Kid? You're mxyzptlk, and the only reason you keep saying I'm someone else is to deflect from the fact that you're an admitted multi-account troll. You make the same trolling, ignorant comments on BlackBerry articles. You troll Samsung articles. Just like mxyzptlk. You change the facts to suit your false narrative, and you move the goalposts, all when things don't go your way, just like mxyzptlk. You deactivated your mxyzptlk account because you were too embarrassed to troll under it any longer because I kept shutting you down. You lost your alphagenius account account because you kept trying to mimic me. You admitted to being mxyzptlk on an Apple related article, and I already proved that I'm not Alphageek with this link of a conversation I had with Alphageek: https://imgur.com/gallery/NA275 Not only have a proven you wrong at every turn, in every faux account that you've used, I've exposed you as mxyzptlk. Best that you deactivate this faux account and never comment here again, or you're just going to keep getting your ignorance, hate, and trolling shut down by me.

40. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

So you're admitting that you are going to continue picking fights with me just because I won't shut my account down and stop commenting? Why don't you make me. Don't cower and run like the lapdog that you are. You accuse me of being a multi-account troll, yet here I am with the same account. I know, you're just projecting because I continue to expose your alphageek account, your former alias.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you're admitting that you're going to continue to troll BlackBerry articles because of me and because I keep correcting your ignorant comments? I've already made you shut down your mxyzptlk and Tony_Stark accounts. This one will be no different. You are a multi-account troll. EVERYONE knows this, and you've been getting called out left and right for it. Who's running? I'm right here. You always run off in the end like the cowardly keyboard warrior that you are, tail firmly tucked between your legs. I've already proven that I'm not Alphageek with legit proof. You've yet to provide legit proof that your not the multi-account using troll mxyzptlk.

3. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

If you ask me I think a lot of carriers are still having second thoughts with the history of past blackberry flagship the Priv and the Passport phones not selling well. It's understandable if carriers don't want to carry a device only a few customers will buy.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, good thing nobody asked. Especially since a lot of carriers are carrying the KEYone in Canada, Europe, the UAE, and soon in India, Australia, the U.S......so sorry (but I'm not) to burst your bubble.

11. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

The truth trumps your denial. But that's what you did when they delayed it because of the S8.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

The truth does trump denial. And you're in denial about the KEYone being in great demand, about the KEYone being sold by carriers, and now you're deflecting from these facts with more conjecture that you can't prove with any link to back you up.

17. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I'm not. You shout conjecture every time something about the KeyONE is said that you disagree with. You can never prove that what I say is conjecture.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are. I say conjecture when you don't back up what you try to pass off as facts with a link. You can never prove that what you say is the truth, because it isn't. But watch me prove that what you're saying is conjecture: http://pocketnow.com/2017/04/27/blackberry-keyone-confirmed That link^lists Canadian carriers and a U.S. carrier. https://www.i4u.com/2017/05/123162/blackberry-keyone-now-available-sale-us That link^proves BestBuy and Amazon have it. This very article that we are commenting proves that it's available in Europe through a carrier https://spinsafe.com/tcl-will-sell-its-blackberry-branded-keyone-in-australia-from-july-the-australian/ KEYone available^ in Australia. http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/mobile-tabs/blackberry-keyone-listed-on-indian-retailer-website-to-be-priced-at-rs-39999/ KEYone soon^available in India. http://gulfbusiness.com/new-blackberry-smartphone-keyone-launched-uae/ KEYone^soon available in the UAE at multiple places. Whether it's through a carrier or a retailer, the KEYone is available in all the places I said. And there are more outlets to come. THAT is how you prove that what you say isn't conjecture. You're welcome.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

https://crackberry.com/where-buy-blackberry-keyone#8jVzFzHvmyohlxTd.97 More proof that what you said is conjecture, mxyzptlk. Still waiting on you to back up your BS of "....carriers having second thoughts...." when it comes to the KEYone with links.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I don't see any carriers. Just Amazon and Best Buy. Those are "retailers." I said CARRIERS. Learn to read.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Then you clearly didn't understand every link that I posted, especially the one in comment #21. I know, I know, reading comprehension isn't your strong suit. For the record, I don't give two rats scrawny butts what you said, especially when you've yet to post a single link backing up your conjecture, mxyzptlk.

33. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Don't insult just because you can't provide a legitimate comeback. Of course you care. You are clearly like a hawk on blackberry articles just waiting to swoop in whenever you see something you dislike.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't cry about insults when you've insulted me before. It makes you look like a little girl. You care more. You're like a ravenous dog ready to pounce with ignorant troll statements whenever a BlackBerry article is posted.

41. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

If I did, you more than likely deserved it. And that's pretty much you in a nutshell, alphageek.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

Stop making excuses for your BS while crying when the same thing is done to you. Stop deflecting and projecting.

26. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You don't see any carriers? This very article is about Telus!! There was another article a couple of days ago referencing Rogers and the most ever pre-orders for a BlackBerry. Why do you go out of your way to give people an easy path to make fun of you? I'll give you this much, you're a glutton for punishment.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

He can't help it. He's either genuinely sick in the head, or it's just stupid is as stupid does with him.

31. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

And you are the personification of stupid.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21600; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're clearly talking to yourself mxyzptlk, especially if you think that you're fooling anyone into thinking that your not mxyzptlk.

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