U.S. Carriers Detail BlackBerry 10 Launch Plans
All four of the major U.S. wireless network operators have committed to support the new BlackBerry 10 platform and Z10 and Q10 smartphones from BlackBerry. Here is a breakdown of what the carriers have announced so far.
- AT&T: AT&T will offer both the Z10 and the Q10. RIM said the Z10 is expected to go on sale in mid-March, with the Q10 following in April the earliest. AT&T did not announce pricing for either handset, nor exact sales dates.
- Sprint: Sprint has only committed to selling the Q10 "later this year," though RIM says it will be April. Sprint has not announced pricing details, though it will offer unlimited LTE 4G service to the Q10 when it goes on sale.
- T-Mobile USA: T-Mobile announced plans to sell the Z10, but not the Q10. It has not announced pricing details, but its variant of the Z10 will support its LTE 4G network.
- Verizon Wireless: Verizon plans to offer both the Z10 and Q10. Verizon did not announce exact availability, but it did price the Z10 at $199 with a new contract. It will also be the only carrier selling the white Z10.
from AT&T / Sprint
T-Mobile USA / Verizon
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BlackBerry Z10 (GSM)
4.2" display 768 x 1280 pixels
Snapdragon S4 processor 2 GB RAM
1,800 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, NFC, Headphone Jack (3.5mm)
BlackBerry Q10 (GSM)
3.1" display 720 x 720 pixels
Snapdragon S4 processor 2 GB RAM
2,100 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Text Keyboard, Hardware, Headphone Jack (3.5mm), NFC
I'm thinking there is a big pent up demand of Blackberry faithful who have been holding off on upgrading, some for as long as 12-18 months, so that they could jump on the Blackberry 10 bandwagon right when it started....
I suspect the initial sales will be brisk,,,at least 500,000 units in North America for the first week...
One difference between this launch and Microsofts is that there should be a pent up demand for blackberries from crackberry addicts needing their fix