T-Mobile says its tests of the BlackBerry Z10 are going well — so well that this carrier might be the first in the U.S. to offer the smartphone.
Frank Sickinger, head of business sales at T-Mobile, told Bloomberg, “The device is more stable than we anticipated. If we are able to speed up the launch date, we will do that.”
The Z10 was announced last month, and has already been released in several countries, just not the U.S. As they do with all phones, telecoms in this country are carefully testing the handset before they allow it on their wireless networks.
But it doesn’t sound like T-Mobile is going to get this model out much before the competition. BlackBerry itself said it expects the Z10 to be released in the U.S. in March, and Sickinger said his company is likely to release the device in mid-March.
T-Mobile hasn’t announced what it’s going to charge for the BlackBerry Z10, but Sickinger says it will probably be about $200 with a two year contract.
Rival Verizon also plans to introduce the Z10 in March and charge $200 with contract for it. AT&T has also committed to offering it, but has not said when or how much it will charge for the device.
Learn more about this smartphone in our hands-on preview of the BlackBerry Z10.