Yesterday BlackBerry had perhaps the biggest day in its nearly 30-year history, rebranding the company while introducing two new smartphones. They’re BlackBerry’s first new handsets since mid-2011, and they’re going to determine the future BlackBerry has in the smartphone market. Thankfully for them, all four major U.S. carriers will sell BlackBerry 10 handsets. But they won’t all sell them, and they won’t all go on sale at the same time — or for the same price.
Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest carrier, will carry both of the new BlackBerry handsets, the Z10 and the Q10. The Q10 is a few months off, though. The Z10 they have priced at the standard $199 tier, and they will be the only carrier selling a white version. There is no set release date for it, though. You can sign up at Verizon’s BlackBerry 10 page.
AT&T will also carry both the Z10 and the Q10, with the Q10 coming April if not later. The Z10 will go on sale in mid-March at an undisclosed price point. You can sign up at AT&T’s BlackBerry 10 page.
Sprint will not carry the Z10, but will only carry the QWERTY Q10. BlackBerry says that Sprint will sell the device in April, but Sprint itself has not yet made such a commitment. They have a sign-up page, too, which you can visit here.
T-Mobile has no plans at this time to carry the Q10. It will, however, carry the Z10. While T-Mobile has the smallest 4G LTE footprint of the major networks, the Z10 will use 4G LTE in available markets. As with most carriers it has not announced pricing or exact dates, but you can sign up on T-Mobile’s Z10 page.
While this is good news for BlackBerry — not only are all four carriers selling it, but they’re already putting the wheels in motion — I retain my skepticism. It takes a lot for people to switch their preferred mobile platform. Maybe BlackBerry picks off a few disgruntled iPhone or Android users, but I do not think it will be enough to make a serious difference. It is the BlackBerry faithful that will make or break this platform.
Via Phone Scoop.