After the lengthy preparation for launch, BlackBerry has finally unveiled Z10 and Q10, the two upcoming devices from BlackBerry that will be running BlackBerry 10 OS. With so much of preparedness, we expected BlackBerry to bring this device to the US as early as late-February, but apparently that’s not the case. BlackBerry Z10 will be available in several countries right away, but it will come to US only in mid-March, and as far as the Q10 goes, it will be available only in the month of April.
BlackBerry chief executive blames long testing periods for the delay, so which exact carriers will have the upcoming all-touch BlackBerry Z10 and full QWERTY BlackBerry Q10?
First, Verizon Wireless has officially made it clear that it will be stocking both, BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. The Z10 will come with a price tag of $199 on a two-year contract, and in addition to that, the white version of Z10 will be exclusive to Verizon in the US. Both devices are capable of 4G LTE connectivity.
Being the second largest carrier in the US, AT&T will also be stocking BlackBerry Z10 and Q10. Sprint will be selling only BlackBerry Q10 “later this year.” They haven’t publicized anything else and said that “additional details, including pricing, will be shared closer to availability” in a press release. There’s no information on whether the device will be supporting Sprint’s 4G LTE network or not, but it most probably will.
T-Mobile also has confirmed that they will be selling the BlackBerry Z10, and it will be the carrier’s first 4G LTE device. T-Mobile has put up a sign-up page which will inform interested customers when gates for pre-orders open.
BlackBerry has officially given out information on global availability of its new devices and the details are as follows:
• In the UK, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available beginning tomorrow on pay monthly contracts and pre-pay plans from EE, O2, Vodafone, Phones 4u, BT, 3UK and the Carphone Warehouse. BlackBerry Z10 smartphones will be available fully subsidized on competitive monthly pay contracts. Price points will vary according to carriers and retail partners.
• In Canada, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 5th. Pricing will vary by carrier partner, but it will retail for around $149.99 on a 3-year contract.
• In the UAE, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 10th. Pricing will vary by carrier partner, but unsubsidized it will retail for AED 2,599.
The Q10 won’t be available globally until April, but I personally feel that they should have given more priority to the Q10 because it has the physical qwerty keyboard that customers of BlackBerry love. The company hopes that Z10 will re-kindle the love for brand which was previously taking on Apple and Google. The Z10 looks great and with good number of apps available at the time of launch, BlackBerry should succeed in whatever they are aiming for. Are you planning to buy a BB10 device? If yes, let us know which one interests you more in the comment section below.