The current iteration of the BlackBerry OS is in turmoil, but all isn’t bad for RIM yet. The company is prepping the launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS on January 30, which will shed light on where the platform is headed. And as with any highly hyped announcement, there have been a few preliminary leaks of the device and launch details of the smartphones as well. But one area where we’ve heard very little about BlackBerry 10 is with respect to carrier support, at least in the U.S. Sure we were quite certain that Verizon Wireless would launch the device in the country given the carrier’s long standing partnership with RIM, but we weren’t quite sure about other carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint for that matter.
But that has changed now with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon confirming the launch of BlackBerry 10 devices on its networks. Although the carriers didn’t give out exact launch details of the device (s), it’s good to know that the new platform is being supported by the country’s top carriers. There’s no word on whether Sprint will be on board the BlackBerry 10 bandwagon yet. The carrier executives present at CES spilled the beans on the future of BlackBerry 10 on its networks and sounded fairly optimistic too. Here’s what all three had to say.
AT&T’s Senior VP, Jeff Bradley said – “It’s logical to expect our current (BlackBerry) customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future“.
Verizon’s CEO, Lowell McAdam said – “We’re hopeful it’s going to be a good device…We’ll carry it.”
And finally, the CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere had this to say – “We’re extremely optimistic that it’s going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it.”
So there we have it, official confirmation from three of the nation’s top four carriers. We’re assuming Sprint would want to cash in on some of those early sales of BB 10 as the entire tech sphere seems to be pretty pumped up about the NYC event on January 30. As you already know by now, RIM will only launch two BB 10 smartphones initially with one bearing the standard BlackBerry physical QWERTY keypad and the other being an all touch smartphone dubbed as the X10 and the Z10 respectively. Let’s hope for the sake of the highly competitive mobile market that these devices manage to impress us, because it certainly wouldn’t hurt to have a new OS in the market. Windows Phone hardly has any competition for the third place, so the introduction of BlackBerry 10 should be particularly interesting.