BlackBerry Z10 Shipping On 3/11 To T-Mobile USA Customers

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Those waiting patiently for BlackBerry's Z10 launch -- the wait is almost over. T-Mobile USA is set to become one of the first U.S. carriers to ship the handset, with business sales set to begin on 3/11. In other words, those with the right connections could have a Z10 in their hands by next week. That will almost certainly set off a domino effect, with more carriers (likely AT&T next) shipping it soon after.

Of course, the Z10 is already on sale in 20 nations, but the U.S. isn't one of them. The handset faces its stiffest competition in this market, where Android and iOS are dominating in every possible way. Moreover, the Z10 won't come cheap. It'll run T-Mobile users $249.99 on a basic contract, which is far more than most other flagship phones.

Only time will tell if the Z10 can reignite BlackBerry -- are you going to be one of the early adopters?
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dnw1962 replied on Fri, Mar 8 2013 10:37 PM

If a CDMA version is launched and available on Ting an MVNO using Sprint's network. I think I'll Bite. All of my smartphones so far have been android and I'm looking to try something new for a change. I'm not a fan of the Microsoft offerings and would never even consider Apples locked down ecosystem. I certainly like what I have seen so far from BB 10 I'll reserve final judgement until I have something in my hand to try.

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sevags replied on Fri, Mar 8 2013 11:48 PM

I won't even be trying any of the new BB devices there is no need for me to I was never a fan of ANY of their old hardware or OS and these new phones don't offer me, a non-business user, a single benefit over ANY of the other mobile platforms here in the US.

As for those who are interested in these devices, why? Exclude BB10 for a moment and forcus ont hardware and you will instantly see there is little to no value either in its price or configuration. The hardware is sub-par and at best only equal to phones out almost a year ago without even being available in the US yet and once it is released here it will be going up against hardware refreshes by Samsung, HTC, Sony, Apple, with Nokia to follow shortly after and LG after that further dating the Z10 hardware right after its launch here. $250 without a contract seems a lot more appropriate.

As for BB10 i'll admit I don't know all the details but what does it offer over the competition that warrants a price premium? If you are a business user I get it... but I would also get it if they hung onto their "personal" mobile phone as well.

it just seems like BB is passing on the cost of developing BB10, and its delay, to the consumer.

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