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RIM Sends Invites For BlackBerry 10 Event on January 30

By - Source: The Verge | B 6 comments

Firm will unveil first smartphones powered by operating system.

RIM has sent out invites for a January 30 event where it'll launch its forthcoming mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10.

The company invited select media outlets to to Pier 36 in New York City for the global unveiling of BlackBerry 10: "You can see it first." While it didn't reveal any further details on the event itself, the tagline reads: "Re-designed. Re-engineered. Re-invented."

January 30 is the date when BlackBerry 10 as an operating system launches worldwide, with RIM previously confirming that the date will also see the unveiling of the first smartphones powered by the platform. The Canadian firm recently released the first official teaser image of its upcoming handset.

One of the BlackBerry 10 handsets rumored to be in production is the L-Series, which was lately showcased in a batch of leaked images. The QWERTY model of the smartphone, meanwhile, is expected to launch during June.

That said, RIM has maintained that it's looking to release the first devices as soon as the operating system launches. "Details of the commercial availability for BlackBerry 10 will be announced at the global launch events on January 30. Our executives have made it clear that the touch screen device will be available shortly after launch with the physical keyboard version to follow shortly after that."

 

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    keither5150 , December 18, 2012 1:22 AM
    Our whole company traded in our blackberries for iphone 5's, Note 2's, and Galaxy S2's. We only have 5 BB's left, as they are waiting for their term to be up. What is funny is that every salesperson but 1 took an iphone and every service or tech guy took a galaxy. BB is about 2-3 months too late. Last year our company was going to get all the service guys BB playbook 4G but they never came. Since then the company that built our software came out with a mobile app. Bye bye blackberry, hello note 2. The note2 replaced my laptop, BB, and 3G stick. Too little too late as companies are leaving BB in droves.
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    A Bad Day , December 18, 2012 1:35 AM
    Blackberry: "Rolling the hard six!"
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    stevelord , December 18, 2012 1:43 AM
    I would sell these invites on eBay, but they're probably worth less than their phones....
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    bustapr , December 18, 2012 3:21 AM
    shouldnt really dump this before its released. remember how good WEBos was at its time? it got ignored, but it was undoubtably the best os available. this blackberry os just might be great. we'll just have to wait and see if its got anything over the others as far as business goes. also that leaked image of the new phone is damn sexy. if the phone looks good and runs smoothly, it has good chance of becoming popular and selling decently. I like the idea of more options.
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    ccovemaker , December 18, 2012 9:03 AM
    Yeah not that we where the only one but I thought it funny because of the timing. The the people in charge of the environment I support account today that BB10 would not be supported in our environment at release. With no current ETA on when we will be.

    My company which will remain nameless at this point has a 6 figure monthly cell bill and thousands of devices.

    I can't image we are the only ones going through this.

    On a sad note while personally hating Blackberries I far prefer BES server to the Airwatch software we are using to manage our iOS devices.

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    Vorador2 , December 18, 2012 12:47 PM
    If it's true that Whatsapp isn't going to be on BB10 for now, i expect the platform to flop. Hard.