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BlackBerry announces availability of limited edition devices for Verizon developers

Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device

Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smart phones, is in good terms with the developers by supplying them BlackBerry Dev Alpha devices for free. But now, the platform is out of the testing phase and has become a commercial product. So it is time that the developers be updated with the devices. BlackBerry has made sure of this already. But for a few of the developers in the United States, there is some bad news.

Research in Motion has already emailed developers who had applied for an update of the device and those who have qualified for it. But developers who are subscribers of Verizon’s wireless network in the United States got a different message. Research in Motion sent out the following to those developers:

Many developers have already submitted their requests for the Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device. We’ve started sending out confirmation emails to those that have qualified for the device. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are unable to offer a Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 for developers on the Verizon network.

Yes, there is some problem concerning the CDMA of the wireless carrier in the United States. So what will happen to these developers? Will they have to work with the outdated Dev Alpha devices? Well, not really. The Canadian smart phone manufacturer has given such developers two options, but have good news.

One option is that they can stick with Verizon and opt for a final update, a commercial BlackBerry 10 device. Or, they can get the usual update to the Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device by moving to another wireless carrier.

  1. Request a Verizon BlackBerry 10 device to replace their BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, adhering to the same terms and conditions of the Limited Edition device in order to qualify. This will be a final commercial device and will ship when BlackBerry 10 is commercially available on Verizon
  2. Request a Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device from an alternate carrier, one which is supported as a part of the Limited Edition program.

If you are one such developer, which option would you choose?

Source: Crack Berry

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