At last, the touchscreen Blackberry Z10 has meandered its way through the U.S. carrier approval process, and is ready to hit store shelves.
The Z10 goes on sale today on AT&T, and next week on Verizon and T-Mobile. If you've been waiting for Blackberry's major smartphone overhaul since the international launch in January but are still undecided on which carrier to choose, here's a guide to the differences among your options.
The Blackberry Z10 hits AT&T stores today, March 22, making AT&T the first carrier in the United States to sell the new phone. It's also available online through AT&T's Website, and from Best Buy. Pricing for the AT&T Z10 is $200 with a two-year contract, or $550 without one.
Thankfully, AT&T kept its branding subtle on the Z10. There's an AT&T logo on the back of the phone, but that's it. The bloatware situation isn't too bad either, with only AT&T's FamilyMap, myAT&T, and Mobile Hotspot software pre-loaded.
Verizon's Blackberry Z10 goes on sale March 28, priced at $200 with a two-year contract, or $600 without one. You can pre-order the phone right now through Verizon's Website.
Verizon has decided to be more in-your-face with its branding than other carriers, slapping its logo on the top-right corner of the front side and on the rear battery door, as Crackberry points out. On the bright side, Verizon bloatware is limited to Backup Assistant Plus, Visual Voice Mail, and My Verizon Mobile.
T-Mobile's launch plans for the Blackberry Z10 are a little murkier right now. The phone will be available on March 26, as confirmed by the carrier's Twitter account, but pricing for consumers is unknown.
T-Mobile has scheduled a press event on that same day, where the carrier is also expected to flip on its 4G LTE network, possibly making the Z10 one of T-Mobile's first 4G LTE phones. Rumor has it that T-Mobile will also shake up its wireless plan pricing and eliminate subsidies, which could affect the price of the Z10. In the meantime, Business customers can buy the Z10 for $250 with a two-year plan, according to Engadget.
Sorry, folks, but Sprint is sitting this one out. An unconfirmed report by All Things D claims that Sprint will sell an all-touch Blackberry phone later this year, but not the Z10. The carrier does plan to sell the physical keyboard-equipped Blackberry Q10, possibly in May or June.
Updated at 10:08 a.m. PT with video from IDG News Service.
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