Blackberry launched their two flagship devices, the Z10 and the Q10 back in January; however Q10 is still not available in the country. Just when the news was focused around the availability of Q10, the only Blackberry 10 device on Sprint, a Company Exec adds that the carrier will launch one more Blackberry 10 device later this year.
Finally some good news from the carrier! Earlier Sprint had announced that the carrier had no plans to launch the Z10, Blackberry’s first touch screen phone running on BB10 and that Q10 would be the first Blackberry 10 device on the carrier. The decision might have disappointed a lot of Blackberry fans (the carrier once boasted of the largest BB user base) and many of us were left wondering what made them take such a drastic decision. Finally, in a recent interview with CNET, Lois Eichelberger Fagan, director of product portfolio for Sprint, revealed why they made plans to stick with the QWERTY device.
According to Lois, the carrier was planning to launch both the Z10 and Q10 together; however, later on they came to know that the Q10’s availability was delayed to June. With the launch so late, Sprint believed that Z10 won’t be the right choice and hence decided to focus on the Q10. Company execs believe that the Q10 would be a preferred device for all Blackberry fans due to its QWERTY keypad. The carrier is more confident with the Q10 and decided to make it the first device in their Blackberry lineup this year.
However, Sprint exec further adds that Q10 won’t be the only BB10 device on the carrier.
“We’re not done with BlackBerry,” said Lois Eichelberger Fagan, director of product portfolio for Sprint Nextel, in an interview with CNET. “There’s more to come.”
But which device is Sprint talking about?
Sprint could offer the Blackberry Q5, a QWERTY phone for budget conscious customers. But we are not quite sure. It can even be one of the four devices that CEO Thorsten Heins hinted back in March.
Anyways, we are glad that we will have atleast one more option from the carrier. Stay tuned for more details.