Confirmed: BlackBerry Z10 not coming to Sprint

Confirmed: BlackBerry Z10 not coming to Sprint
Soon after BlackBerry announced the Z10 – its latest flagship smartphone powered by the all-new BlackBerry 10 OS, three of the four major U.S. carriers announced their plans to start offering the device in the near future. These were AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, all of which added notification pages on their websites for subscribers interested in the device. Sprint, however, didn't mention anything in regards to launching the BlackBerry Z10 on its network. And as it now turns out, such an announcement isn't going to come.

Sprint confirmed that it won't be offering the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone. Instead, the carrier will go all in on the BlackBerry Q10, which is a traditional BlackBerry device with the typical for the series physical QWERTY keyboard positioned underneath the display (our hands-on here). That's the BlackBerry 10 smartphone that the carrier believes its customers will be happy with, as a company representative stated.

Sprint did not give a specific launch date for the device, but chances are that we won't see it on its shelves earlier than May. The BlackBerry Z10, on the other hand, should become available in the U.S. within a couple of weeks. The company's first BlackBerry 10 smartphone has been out for over a month now and demand for it has been higher than anticipated. Will that be the case once it is released Stateside? Well, it won't be long until we find out!

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Z10
  • Display 4.2" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)
Q10
  • Display 3.1" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(13.5h 3G talk time)

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25 Comments

1. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I sure hope Blackberry does alright in the States. I believe a 4th option is good for everyone.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Competition is great for everyone, but would YOU buy this device over the iP5, One, Z, SIV etc.? See that's the problem.

5. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

I would, and will when it comes to the states... I don't see any problem with buying it over those other devices.

10. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

bb10 will be behind the competition even before it's released

25. bigbmc26

Posts: 43; Member since: May 10, 2012

Why? Because of some useless app that's available for BB10? The OS is modern, the hardware is modern. Nothing is behind. Only closed minded, fanboys would say that. If it's not for you fine, but that doesn't put it behind the competition. It's called choice.....

13. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Would I buy the Q10, no. I don't care for the physical keyboard. I prefer a full touch screen. So...a Z10 is possible.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That ship RIM has been sailing sunk a long time ago. I don't think BB10 can really save it.

23. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just like the intro of the little Green Robot led to the gradual sinking of the "iclan"

2. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i wonder if the apps are already optimize for Q10

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Bad move Sprint. Once you see it doing well on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, you'll regret the decision. Choice is always good!

16. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

They gotta protect that whopping iPhone investment until 2015 is it!

7. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Aww, c'mon Sprint...you've just made all 7 BlackBerry lovers mad now! How could you alienate all 7 of them?

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Wow that's 5 more than I thought.

8. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Actually I agree with the logic that the Q10 is actually more the potential savior for Blackberry than the Z. I hope that BB is not making the same mistake that Palm did; placing a potentially great new operating system on "meh" hardware.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Majority of ppl in the entire world use all touch screen smartphones. How could this be better? Ppl that use qwerty is in the minority. I am a former physical keyboard guy.

9. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

This maybe a good sign. Drop Blackberry for more Windows Phone devices. Afterall as Blackberry falls, Windows Phone is on the rise.

11. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Except that's the other thing. Sprint doesn't have any wp8 devices still. What is going on with them?

15. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I wish I knew.. Its awesome that they carry high end Android devices and the iPhone but they are dropping the ball on the Windows front. Im half tempted to cancel and switch to at&t for the Lumia 920.

14. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

I don't understand how you can be light years behind in todays specs with the launch of BB10 and still want be on the shelves until May 2013. Come on...It's been the talk for 6 months now

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think its a bad sign for BB on Sprint. Why not offer both? Why go all in on a style that most ppl dont use? All this will do is bring in current BB qwerty users...and current and former BB users that want the keyboard again. This wont bring in all those that switched or just like all screen phones better.

19. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

So glad I'm leaving sprint when my contract is up. They don't get any good phones on time or if ever and their service is just horrible .

20. Jr7188

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

The thing about the Blackberry phones is that they aren't Quad Core. If i was to go out to get a new phone right now i wouldnt choose any of Dual core phones. This year is the year of the Quad Core here in the states, GS4,Note 2, Optimus G And the HTC One. If im going to pay any money for a new phone im going to get something that will last a little longer technology wise. I believe that BB will go the way of palm and dissolve into another company.

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

WebOS was just bought by LG... They plan on using it for a TV UI... I think there is very lil left of Palm or anything associated with it. In a few years....some ppl will forget they ever existed...

22. PhonePhazer47

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

Sprint always does stupid moves like this! took them ages to get the i-phone and takes them even more ages to get the latest phones sometimes!! ............. even though im not sold on which phone im going next, my contract is up in 30 days! would love to have walked into the store and compare!......... SPRINT YOU ARE ALL STUPID!!!!.....im seriously thinking of that new pre-paid option, bring your own phone to T-mobile!...

24. GeekMovement unregistered

Sprint is not very considerate because I'm sure there are many customers who want to try the BB10 touch device. I sure would be excited. Sprint shouldn't just assume on their own that everyone will be happy with the qwerty version. because they won't.

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