Report: AT&T to be first to launch BlackBerry Z10 in States on March 15th

Report: AT&T to be first to launch BlackBerry Z10 in States on March 15th
For those who were wondering which carrier in the United States would get the first chance to offer the all-touch BlackBerry Z10, some new speculation has shaken up the field as early favorite T-Mobile might not be the first to launch the phone after-all. Instead, the latest rumor has AT&T releasing the phone on March 15th. Originally, the three carriers that will be releasing the Z10, including  T-Mobile, were expected to have them available on March 27th.

But T-Mobile said that it wanted to be the first carrier un the U.S. to put the BlackBerry Z10 powered device up for sale, and said that because the phone was more stable than thought, the carrier would be able to lop about two weeks off the expected launch time which would work out to about a March 15th release. At that is where things have stood until now, when a new report says that AT&T customers will have the first chance to grab the device. That would be followed by T-Mobile's launch with one for Verizon coming possibly as late as April with a BlackBerry Z10 model in an exclusive white color.

There has been a great debate over whether or not the phones are selling as well as originally thought. Amid reports that the Z10 was setting BlackBerry sales records in Canada and in the U.K., some analysts were saying that BlackBerry had stacked the deck by keeping inventories at retailers as low as 15 units in order to ensure a sell out. The U.S.launch should give a truer picture of what the real demand is for the BlackBerry Z10. The device should be followed a few weeks later with the launch of the BlackBerryQ10, the model that comes equipped with the famous BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard. Some buyers are waiting for the release of that model so that they can use the highly thought of BlackBerry physical keyboard.

source: N4BB via BlackBerryOS

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  • 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)

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16 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I am planning on trying AT&T to see how service is in my area. I might go for this.... BB and Motorola are legendary for reception. It will either be this, WP....or what I use now...Android.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If there is a BB phone that is central to BB's future, I would guess it is the Q10 (QWERTY keyboard). The remaining BB users are more keyboard-focused than other phone OS users.

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I disagree. I feel the key to BB's future is the Z10. The Q10 will pull in die hard BB fans, which is mostly current users. The Z10 has a chance to pull in all those that like the all screen phones more. The Z10 has a chance to pull in iPhone, WP and Android users. Its not about the current users. If they are still using BB, they dont plan on switching anytime soon. The key is those that left BB...or new smartphone users. I have a feeling new smartphone users gravitate towards all screen phones. Especially looking at the competition. The Q10 will keep BB afloat, the Z10 will help it grow. IMO.

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

While your hypothesis may in fact have merit, RIM/BB need to stop the move of BB users to other brands. They should have released both models simultaneously on all carriers who were going to carry the BB phones. The dribs and drabs model just gives an opportunity for BB users to move on as it were.

14. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

That....I agree with.

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

keep the updates coming and we should be as good as gold!

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Time will tell Blackberrys future. For the sake of competition I hope they survive. And to the spammer. Please leave this site. Your not welcome here.

7. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Not plausible. AT&T rolls out new products and promos on Sundays.

15. waltah

Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

New products have been launching on Fridays for months with AT&T. Sundays did use to be the normal product launch, though.

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Where's the Q10 everyone favorite qwerty phone? and it should launch on all carriers simontaneously still looks like BB haven't learn their lesson

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good move as AT&T has been the best carrier in year's past for BB

12. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

too bad the Z10 has gotten garbage reviews all over. looks like a let down personaly i dont see BB being around much longer but i could be wrong but at the very least i see nokia being around longer!

18. dojoboy

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

What are you talking about ? Garbage reviews all over ? I don't think so ! Keep your negative BS to yourself, you small minded twit ! :(

13. anacarolina39842

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

I found this product the coolest of all the blackberry’s. Design and resolution looks awesome and I think people will definitely like this gadget.

16. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

AT&T will be the first to launch the Z10, and the last to push software updates to it.

17. BOSSO

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Trust me Z10 is a flawless phone, it was launced on the 28 Feb is South Africa, sales are going well, now BB is gonna reclaim his position.

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