Research In Motion
(RIM) is in control of its own fate. If BlackBerry 10 flops, and by extension, the company's next-generation mobile plans, the Canadian company will only have itself to blame, and not any of the major wireless carriers. That's because BlackBerry 10 reportedly has the backing of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S., including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Lining up the big names in wireless is a big deal for the struggling handset maker. Overshadowed by uber popular iOS
smartphones, RIM has largely lost its relevance
as a major player in the smartphone market, though it's doing a little better internationally. Still, BlackBerry 10 is viewed as RIM's last shot at righting the ship.
On the bright side for RIM, BlackBerry 10 looks promising. RIM is planning to unveil new devices at a press event on January 31, 2013, but there have been no shortage of leaks
leading up to the launch, including some photos of a smartphone that partially resembles
Apple's iPhone design.
The software will be just as important as the hardware, and towards that end, RIM has talked a lot about the "flow" of the interface, universal inboxes, notifications, and perhaps most importantly, apps. RIM promises to have 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps
available at launch, which is a far cry from the competition, but more than enough to get users started.