The new BlackBerry Z10, which will debut this month, has been getting generally positive advance reviews, but it appears that one wireless carrier wasn’t swayed. Of the major US carriers, Sprint will be the only one to not offer the Z10 and has said that it will instead wait for the release of the Q10.
The Q10 will be equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard, an aspect that Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott claims will be a draw for its customers. “We aren’t saying there’s anything different about our customers,” he said. “We think our customers will be happy with the QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen on the Q10.”
Though the Q10 is tentatively scheduled for an April release, Elliot declined to say when exactly Sprint plans on offering it. Verizon, for one, has said that it doesn’t plan on offering the keyboard-equipped model until mid-summer.
The Z10 and Q10 mark the beginning of BlackBerry’s comeback and will be the first two devices to run the company’s new BlackBerry 10 OS. Despite the fact that the Z10 is due out this month, an exact release date has not been announced, much like the Q10. The three US carriers offering it, however — Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile — have sign-up pages on their websites for those who are interested in receiving information about the availability of the phone.
Our BlackBerry Z10 Hands-On Review is a great way to learn more about this smartphone.