BlackBerry Z10 on sale in Canada

A BlackBerry PR employee demonstrates the new BlackBerry Z10 phone during the launch of the...

A BlackBerry PR employee demonstrates the new BlackBerry Z10 phone during the launch of the BlackBerry 10 platform at the Carlu in downtown Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:56 PM ET

The new BlackBerry hit the shelves in Canada on Tuesday.

The Waterloo, Ont.-based tech company unveiled its new touchscreen phone, the BlackBerry Z10, last week to much fanfare.

Canadians can get their hands on the smartphone Tuesday in stores across the country. It retails for $149.99 on a three-year plan.

But Canadians who like BlackBerry for its keyboards will have to wait, that version won't be available until April.

Analysts say the new phones are a make or break for the company, once a leader in the smartphone business that's since been eclipsed by competitors like Apple and Google.

Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 8% Monday.

The new phones have garnered mostly positive reviews.

"It's also a good-looking device. The smooth front is almost entirely screen, and the Z10's soft-touch backing feels remarkably nice to the touch," QMI Agency's Mark Daniell wrote.

With files from Reuters


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