Black Moto Q Smartphone Being Premiered by…Bell Canada?

Black Moto Q mobile phone.

As a subscriber to Bell Canada's mobile service — I've resigned myself to the fact that in exchange for better cell coverage, I have to put up with a meager offering of phones; all the really cool handhelds seem to be offered by the other, spottier carriers. As a Canadian, I've resigned myself to the fact that I live in one of the few industrialized countries whose cell phone offerings are actually more lame than those in the U.S..

Hence my surprise that not only is the black edition of the Moto Q being offered in Canada first, but it's being offered by Bell Canada. It's like discovering that the local dollar store has started stocking Johnny Walker Blue Label.

Among the Moto Q's specs:

  • Weighs 115 grams (ask your stoner friends, it's just over 4 ounces)
  • EV-DO
  • 2.4″ 320-by-240-pixel 64K color screen
  • Input options galore: QWERTY keypad, D-pad and thumbwheel
  • 64MB RAM / 128MB ROM
  • 1.3 megapixel camera with flash
  • Bluetooth
  • Software includes:
    • Microsoft Outlook Mobile
    • Microsoft Media Player 10 Mobile
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile
    • Pocket MSN (MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger)

Bell Canada has a special deal for the black Moto Q: it's CDN$150 (US$132) “when activating a voice plan and minimum $60 E-mail & Internet data feature on a 3-year agreement”; the offer's good until December 3rd. Otherwise, it's $CDN450 (US$396).

Those of you who aren't in Canada won't have to wait long before Verizon offers it.

Link to Engadget story
Link to Bell Canada's page on the black Moto Q
Link to Motorola's Moto Q page