My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Digicel has launched DL600 and Blackberry Q10 in Jamaica on Thursday 30th 2013 - The Purge of Features phones in a gradual ramp-up towards Data Services and smartphone in Jamaica

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Digicel has launched DL600 and Blackberry Q10 in Jamaica on Thursday 30th 2013 - The Purge of Features phones in a gradual ramp-up towards Data Services and smartphone in Jamaica



Telecom Provider Digicel has finally launched the much anticipated Digicel DL600 as predicted in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 smartphone in Jamaica on Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of May 2013 - Digicel DL600 is coming Fast and Furious 6 to make smartphones accessible to all”. Digicel DL600 as listed on Digicel’s Official Website is priced at JA$4,760 on Digicel Select (Postpaid) and JA$5,950 on Digicel Flex (Prepaid), which are prices not inclusive of Tax.

Telecom Provider Digicel apparently also launched the Blackberry Q10 smartphones but with a little more fanfare as can be seen from the nice pictures on Digicel’s Facebook Page. Also check out the photo Gallery in the Jamaica Gleaner and the Jamaica Observer’s Photo Gallery.

No pricing’ available at the time of Publication but Digicel’s Blackberry Girls looked nice as usual.

 


On this account, I decided to do this preliminary blog article based on what’s really very flimsy evidence as reported to me by overly exuberant friend on Facebook. I say “overly exuberant” as the evidence above is really insubstantial but an indication of what’s possible. Thus I also write this article with a very large lump of Salt sitting on my Laptop keys.

As of the time of posting of this blog, there’s no Official Press Release or even a newspaper report in either the Jamaica Observer or the Jamaica Observer, making it almost as quiet as the Blackberry Z10. However, there’s some solace here: news of the launch of the DL600 came via Telecom Provider Digicel’s Twitter Page as well as via their Facebook Page.

Please note, Telecom Provider Digicel’s Twitter Page and Facebook Page are not verified Twitter or Facebook accounts (no little Blue badge with a white Sticker!!), so unless you’ve visited a Digicel Store recently and seen the phones for yourself, take these links with a very large grain of salt as it may not be available at the stores just yet.

Worse, with a sub-US$100 (approximately JA$10,000) price tag based on the pricing for the DL600 in Trinidad and Tobago which went live on Thursday May 17th 2013 as reported in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 smartphone in Jamaica on Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of May 2013 - Digicel DL600 is coming Fast and Furious 6 to make smartphones accessible to all”, they may already be out of stock by the time you read this article.

Going to Telecom Provider Digicel’s Solar Powered headquarters downtown on the waterfront would be your best bet should this indeed happen to you and you are really, really interested in finding out about this phone.

I say this, as if this is indeed real, it would thus verify my predicted launch date of Thursday May 30th 2013 as spelled out in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 smartphone in Jamaica on Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of May 2013 - Digicel DL600 is coming Fast and Furious 6 to make smartphones accessible to all”.

The price, however, is another thing. The Digicel DL600 as listed on Digicel’s Official Website is selling at prices way lower than US$100 and even lower than in Trinidad and Tobago, not including Tax:

1.      Digicel Select (Postpaid) - JA$4,760
2.      Digicel Flex (Prepaid) - JA$5,950

That’s basically JA$7000 including tax for a smartphone with the specs as mentioned in my blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 smartphone in Jamaica on Thursday 30th or Friday 31st of May 2013 - Digicel DL600 is coming Fast and Furious 6 to make smartphones accessible to all”. Still no info on the Blackberry Q10, save for some nice pictures on Digicel’s Facebook Page. Again please remember these are not verified Digicel’s Twitter Page and Facebook Page so grab than sack of salt quick!

Very tempting, even for myself, save for the fact I’m really looking for a Dual-SIM Smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos. Not interested in a phone that’s basically a marketing gimmick to drum up more sales and interest in smartphones among Millennials (ages 18 to 28), the age range of my Facebook compadres who keeps me informed on what’s poppin.

This is exactly as I’d opined was for Digicel 4G Network growth in my previous blog article entitled “Digicel to launch the DL600 Smartphone by Mid-May 2013 starting below US$100 - Alcatel One Touch running Firefox OS marketed like The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”. More on this on the Geezam Blog and my personal blog when a Press Release becomes available. Ditto too for Telecom Provider LIME’s launch of the Blackberry Q10, which is expected next week.



If you wish to buy the Digicel DL600, please be advised there are no sales for the device in the Western Hemisphere because it’s really a budget phone that’s earmarked for the Far East, China and India. It really was never intended for resale in Jamaica and as such, purchase from non-Amazon websites at your own risk. Still this is a The Purge (2013) of Features phones in a gradual ramp-up towards smartphone ubiquity in Jamaica.
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