Virgin prices BlackBerry Q5 at £20pm for existing customers

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MVNO’s customers using its other services will pay £5 a month less and receive 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data, as well as unlimited calls and texts to other Virgin users

Virgin Media has announced that its TV, broadband and home phone customers can get the BlackBerry Q5 with a bundled deal starting from £20 a month.

The MVNO’s existing customers who choose the smartphone will get £5 off their mobile tariff, unlimited calls and texts to other Virgin Media mobiles and insurance worth £799 a month.

The Starter tariff costs £20 a month for these customers and comes with 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. Calls to UK landlines are included in the total minutes.

The most expensive tariff, VIP, costs £30 a month for existing customers and offers unlimited mobile minutes, landline calls, texts and data. All are subject to customers signing up to a 24-month contract.

Non-Virgin Media customers will receive the same allowances but pay £5 a month more.

Twelve month contracts are available and cost £10 a month more. Alternatively, the Q5 costs £259.99 on prepay.

The Q5 follows the Z10 and Q10 smartphones to run the BlackBerry 10 platform, which launched in January.

Similar in appearance to the Q10, it has a 3.1-inch touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard. It features BlackBerry Time Shift, which lets users take a range of photos and choose the best one, and BlackBerry Story Maker to enable users to create a story and join together multimedia into a film.

It also includes BlackBerry Messenger, which since the launch of the new platform, lets users have video conversations and share screens.

Virgin Media director of mobile Jamie Heywood said: “We’re delighted to offer the BlackBerry Q5 smartphone on our market-leading VIP tariff. There are even more incredible deals, exclusively available for Virgin Media broadband and TV customers, who won’t find a better offer elsewhere.”

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