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BlackBerry Z10 Could Launch in U.S. Sooner than Scheduled

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 5 comments

May launch before mid-March release.

T-Mobile USA has said that the Z10 smartphone from BlackBerry, previously known as Research In Motion, may launch ahead of its expected mid-March debut in America.

The former said it’s hoping to be the first American carrier "out of the gate" with the device next month. "The device is more stable than we anticipated," said Frank Sickinger, head of business sales at T-Mobile USA. "If we are able to speed up the launch date, we will do that. Right now it’s looking like mid-March."

His comments come after BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins stressed that the device's late launch in the U.S., its largest single market, is disappointing, which is due to the region's phone carriers' rigid testing system.

Sickinger said the $199 price for the BlackBerry Z10 announced on January 30 at the platform's launch event is in line with what T-Mobile USA has considered. The smartphone itself is already available in the U.K., where it's performing well in the market, as well as in Canada, where BlackBerry is based. For more on the handset, check out our hands-on preview.



 

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    Tanquen , February 8, 2013 2:55 PM
    ??? But don’t all the folks that still like their Blackberry, like it because of the keypad?
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    aracheb , February 8, 2013 3:09 PM
    i dont see any news here anymore, every freaking news is a

    Blackberry Could,
    apple could,
    Microsoft could,
    Oracle could
    My butt could,
    your butt could
    the neighbor butt could

    Please let us know if this is not a news site anymore, if this just became a rumor mill so i can go on to a more informing and a real tech news site
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    beerpapasmurph , February 8, 2013 4:06 PM
    I will come out when the carriers give it approval! Could yall let your readers know that its held up in testing by the carriers and not because of Blackberry. I couldnt agree more with ya aracheb
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    iknowhowtofixit , February 8, 2013 4:30 PM
    I don't understand why Tom's doesn't just wait until there is an official release date and report on that. We are talking about a possible 2 week time period difference here. Seriously, who cares until there is an official release date? We don't need a daily update of paid BlackBerry "news"/rumor mill advertising.
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    cRACKmONKEY421 , February 8, 2013 4:51 PM
    I'm still waiting for the Q10 before I bash my 9930 work phone into a wall. If I don't break it, my company will make me keep the old one forever!