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T-Mobile says BlackBerry Z10 more stable than anticipated, could launch ahead of schedule

T-Mobile says BlackBerry Z10 more stable than anticipated, could launch ahead of schedule
The device is more stable than we anticipated. If we are able to speed up the launch date, we will do that. Right now it’s looking like mid-March.-Frank Sickinger, T-Mobile head of business sales
For those statesiders who had been feeling left out having to wait until the end of March for the BlackBerry Z10 to launch, we have some great news. Frank Sickinger, who is T-Mobile's head of business sales, told Bloomberg on Thursday that the all-touch Z10 is more stable than the carrier anticipated. That means that the testing won't have to be as time consuming as thought and the nation's fourth largest carrier is now aiming at a mid-March launch of the BlackBerry Z10.

Yes, we realize that is cutting just two weeks off the previous late March launch that was being discussed earlier, but the device has already launched in the U.K. and Canada and nothing is going to change that, so you might as well just be happy for the extra weeks you will get to spend with the device. And those who have been wondering about the Canadian firm's commitment to the U.S. shouldn't fret. The country to the south of Canada remains the focus at Waterloo, especially since the U.S. remains the number one market in the world for BlackBerry devices. While testing on U.S. carriers is more rigorous, what we all would never want to see or experience is a repeat of the BlackBerry Storm launch.

T-Mobile is going to sell the BlackBerry Z10 for $199.99 with a signed two year contract and could help the operator grab some enterprise business away from the other carriers. The T-Mobile-BlackBerry relationship appears ready to be solidified this year. T-Mobile's Sickinger put an exclamation mark on that thought when he said, "I’m glad to see BlackBerry launch a relevant product. BlackBerry stands to do very well in 2013 with T-Mobile."

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:34 2

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

nice ;)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:48 2

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 1070; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

It will launch a month and a half after UK and Canada. Give it up for our US carriers!! I thought T-Mobile was just going to allow you to buy the phone and let you take it to their network? Subsidize phones should not happen anymore to avoid all this.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 12:03 1

3. drpain (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)

does it really matter?

who would possibly choose this? Name something it offers over the previous platforms.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 14:01 5

6. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

how about this: Name something the iphone has that isn't offered on any previous platforms?

See my point? Features don't matter. millions of people buy iphone even though it doesnt have any "hero" feature that could make it stand out.

how about this: Name something on the Galaxy s III that can't be done on the ONe X?

TOuchwiz launcher? Sideload the apk
Smartstay? Theres an app that does that on the play store
s-voice? sideload the apk, or just use google now
multiscreen? custom rom... done
pop up movie player? get app on play store

see my point? everything on a galaxy s III, a one x can do, but why is galaxy s III selling more than One x.

who knows? its not the feature set. im pretty sure

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 00:46

7. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

I think the answer may lie with the online reviews and the marketing and the legacy that the combo ends up creating !
And that legacy is a very potent weapon! And of course, the product itself.
Although there are subtle performance differences between the One X and the S3, but for a common (majority) user base, it is negligible. So there are companies that use rigorous marketing (Samsung) and the other hardly any (HTC).
Then there are the online and other channels of device reviews. I tell u the common folks who want a high end device and know not much about related technicalities depend on what they read online. Now most of the review sites rated the S3 better than the One X as an overall picture. So the consumer will think that since he is paying top dolar for a device, y not get one which is known to be better.
And hence this contributes big time to their sales difference

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 13:28 1

4. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)

Excellent for BB and TMobile. I'm seriously rooting for Blackberry ,myself being a old schooler,liked them since their first device in 90-91. The Z10 and the upcoming Q10 will shoot them back into the game along with Android and iOS(the Dev Alpha prototype already beat the iP5). I will check it out as soon as it hit the shores for y'all.

As for TMobile,they're getting their upgrades out quickly to accomadate Apple and LTE and the countdown for my GNote II has begun...

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 13:42

5. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Glad I switched to ATT. They welcome all OEMs without prejudice.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 17:05

8. Cannabis (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

You mean they buy out all MAJOR OEM's to sell their exclusive flagships on their network. Lets use HTC as an example, up until 2012 the US carrier with the most High end HTC devices was T-MO, then AT&T decided to focus on Android a bit more so that ment the back then top dog HTC to be persuaded to focus on the larger(richer) GSM carrier. AT&T only welcomes OEM's w/ a big brand name that has recognition and a some years of history. T-Mobile doesn't discriminate when choosing a manufacturer, they've opened the door to many small start ups and under dogs like, Danger, Alcatel, Kyocera, Huawei, ZTE, etc. when the others didn't even bother giving it a second thought.

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