Rogers sells one of the first BlackBerry Z10 smartphones in North America

On February 5th, 2013, Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers, and Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, BlackBerry, sell one of the first BlackBerry Z10 smartphones in North America at the Rogers flagship store in Toronto, to Mr. Harp Dhonsi, one of the first customers in the world to reserve a device. February 5th marks the first day that BlackBerry Z10 smartphones go on sale in North America. (CNW Group/Rogers Wireless and Cable)

TORONTO, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Rogers Communications today announced that Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers Communications and Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, BlackBerry®, sold one of the first BlackBerry Z10 smartphones in North America on February 5th 2013, at the Rogers flagship store in downtown Toronto. Rogers opened its doors early to welcome early-bird customers and one of the first customers in the world to reserve a BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.

"It's great to be able to continue to offer our customers more choice and more innovation as the smartphone ecosystem evolves," said Nadir Mohamed, president and CEO, Rogers Communications. "Rogers and BlackBerry share a rich history, and together, delivered the first BlackBerry in Canada over 10 years ago. Today, it's exciting to build on this history and be among the first to offer our customers the new BlackBerry Z10 experience."

The new BlackBerry Z10 is the first smartphone to launch with the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, providing customers with a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience. Combined with the Rogers LTE network, Canada's fastest wireless internet, the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is the fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet, and offers a smarter experience that continuously adapts to a customer's needs.

"We are very excited to partner with Rogers to mark the sale of one of the first BlackBerry Z10 smartphones in North America," said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, BlackBerry. "Once again we are joining together with Rogers to bring customers a product that promises to enhance their lifestyle and enrich their mobile experience."

The new all-touch BlackBerry Z10 smartphone is available in black and white at Rogers retail and dealer locations across Canada starting at $149.99 with select three year plans. Coming soon in 2013, Rogers will also offer Canadians access to the BlackBerry Q10, which features a physical QWERTY keyboard. Current Rogers wireless customers can beat the line and pre-register for the BlackBerry Q10 on the Rogers Reservation System.

The Rogers Reservation System is available to current Rogers wireless customers across Canada. Customers can pre-register for a device by visiting Rogers.com under My Account.  Full details about the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone including, price, availability and specifications, will be announced in 2013. For more information, visit: www.blackberry.com/BlackBerry10.

About Rogers Communications
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable television, high-speed Internet and telephony services. Through Rogers Media we are engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).

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Image with caption: "On February 5th, 2013, Nadir Mohamed, President and CEO, Rogers, and Thorsten Heins, President and CEO, BlackBerry, sell one of the first BlackBerry Z10 smartphones in North America at the Rogers flagship store in Toronto, to Mr. Harp Dhonsi, one of the first customers in the world to reserve a device. February 5th marks the first day that BlackBerry Z10 smartphones go on sale in North America. (CNW Group/Rogers Wireless and Cable)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130205_C3137_PHOTO_EN_23330.jpg

SOURCE: Rogers Wireless and Cable

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