Rogers Communications says its current wireless customers will be able to place orders for BlackBerry 10 devices starting Monday.
The new BlackBerry 10 devices on offer will be “all-touch” and won’t have the physical keyboard that BlackBerry users are used to typing on.
But Rogers won’t be providing details on pricing, availability or specifications until early in the new year.
Customers who go to the reservation page should be aware the small print says "use of the Reservation System does not guarantee that you will receive the device before everyone else." And also that "In order to secure a place in our reservation line, a reservation fee of $40.00 plus taxes will be applied to your next Rogers invoice and will be credited back to your account when your device is shipped from our warehouse or when your reservation is cancelled."
Research In Motion has previously said an “all-touch” version of its new phones would be released first, followed by a model with a physical keyboard shortly afterward.
RIM announced separately that it’s giving an invitation-only preview of the BlackBerry 10 to more an 120 select government and private-sector customers in a variety of industries.
The two announcements are part of efforts to build interest in a new generation of BlackBerrys in hopes of reviving the Canadian technology company.
The BlackBerry 10 smartphones are seen as make-or-break products for Research In Motion, which has faced intense competition from the Apple iPhones and smartphones using the Google Android operating system.
Shares in Research In Motion were up two cents to $13.90 in early morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.