RIM has just announced at the BlackBerry JAM event in Asia that they will be opening the $10,000 guarantee program on an official basis, and part of the changes would mean developers are able to gain access to the latest BlackBerry Dev Alpha C prototype. Since it is a prototype at time of publishing, do not expect the final version of the hardware to look exactly like it, as we are pretty sure that there will be tweaks and changes made to the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C before it is official and ready to be released to the masses.
Basically, the BlackBerry Dev Alpha C will enable developers to test out their applications on a handset which will boast of a physical keyboard, similar to what is found on previous devices. The thing is, there had been no confirmation on the official existence of such a device, not at least until today. If you are a developer who thinks you qualify, make an application for one as RIM will be offering 1,500 of these bad boys based on a points system.