RIM Reportedly Showing Near-Final BlackBerry 10 Phones To Carriers
The "beta" units that are being shown are part of a five-week tour that'll hit the major players in distribution. It's hard to say how much more improved the OS will be compared to states that have been shown to the public in recent months. The company is reportedly near the "finish line," but if so, why wait half a year to release it? Is the phone is in a place where RIM feels confident that it will wow carriers, surely it's not far from being ready for public hands, right? Perhaps the Q1 2013 launch is simply to catch the market in a lull; that's usually a period where no major flagship products are announced, as it's not near back-to-school season nor the holiday season.
But even still, will those who just re-upped their contract in the fall of 2012 be eager to even pay attention to RIM's offering in 2013? It all starts with getting that backing from the operators that sell the phones, at least in America.