Those in the U.K, U.A.E. and Canada will have first dibs on the recently debuted BlackBerry 10, as the new Z10 smartphone becomes available as early as next week (starting February 4).
Americans will have to wait until mid-March for the Z10 model that has a new virtual keyboard with the "flick" feature. At the launch event on January 30, April was mentioned as a possible date for the Q10 which is the QWERTY device.
President and CEO Thorsten Heins kept deferring to the carrier requirements when pressed about the issue date in the U.S., and here's what the four major U.S. carriers have announced to date:
Verizon will offer the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 on its 4G LTE network. The Z10 will be available in black and white models and the devices are priced at $199.99 with a new two-year agreement. The white model is exclusive to Verizon Wireless.
AT&T will offer the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, combined with the 4G LTE network and service plans from AT&T. Pricing details have not been announced.
Sprint will offer the BlackBerry Q10 on the carrier's 4G LTE network. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.
T Mobile will offer the BlackBerry Z10 on its Unlimited Nationwide 4G Data network with no annual contract. The carrier is also adding the new BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 enterprise mobility management solution to its portfolio. Device availability and pricing will be shared at a later date.