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The BlackBerry Q5 headed for store shelves next month

The BlackBerry Q5 is headed for store shelves on August 13th.

The lower priced model was originally made available only for emerging markets but now allows Canadians who can’t afford an expensive phone to use the smartphone with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.

The Waterloo based smartphone maker unveiled the cheaper version of its latest line of smartphones in May.

At that time, chief executive Thorsten Heins said that BlackBerry was focused on releasing the Q5 in certain countries where a lower-priced alternative was considered essential, like Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Earlier this month, the company launched the device in the United Kingdom, one of the most popular regions for higher-end BlackBerry phones.

The move allows BlackBerry to offer its new BlackBerry 10 operating system to smartphone users who can’t afford, or don’t want to spend the money, on a more expensive phone.

The company says the BlackBerry Q5 will hit Canadian stores on August 13 through carriers like Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T), as well as various retailers.

The phone will also be available through Roger’s (TSX:RCI.B) lower-priced label Fido.