In a little less than two weeks, the long-awaited BlackBerry Z10 will be available at AT&T stores nationwide.
Confirming a recent rumor, AT&T announced Monday morning that it would begin selling the flagship Z10 device on March 22 for a little under $200 with a two-year service agreement. Pre-sales for the Z10 will open to the public beginning Tuesday, March 12, on the carrier’s website.
The BlackBerry Z10 is the very first smartphone to ship with the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and the first BlackBerry device to utilize AT&T’s 4G LTE network — something that is now available in 143 markets.
Dubbed “the fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet,” the Z10 features a 4.2-inch touch display with a resolution that boasts 356 pixels per inch. The smartphone also has an 8MP camera that is capable of recording 1080p HD video.
Jeff Bradley, senior VP of devices and developer services for AT&T Mobility, said,
AT&T customers were the first to experience BlackBerry smartphones and services in the U.S. and we are thrilled to bring the next evolution, the BlackBerry Z10, to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network … Customers who have grown to love the tried and true BlackBerry experience will continue to enjoy the easy typing and the secure platform they expect.
Sprint doesn’t plan to carry the Z10, but it’s possible that Verizon or T-Mobile will offer the device — although no official statement on a release date has been made.
The HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are both set to launch this week, so it should be interesting to see just how well BlackBerry’s Z10 does against the company’s competitors.
Are you considering grabbing one of BlackBerry’s Z10 phones? How do you think BlackBerry, formerly RIMM, is going to stand up to other manufacturers? Any predictions on market share and the future of BlackBerry?
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