The smartphone, powered by BlackBerry 10, will be available from Vodacom World and other participating outlets, at a recommended retail price of ZAR8,999 (US$987).
New contract customers will receive unlimited BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) texting and file sharing for 24 months, valued at ZAR19 (US$2) per month, while also doubling their data for the first two months of the contract.
“The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform offers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience,” a statement from Vodacom read. “It gives customers a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts to their needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep customers moving forward towards their goals.”