T-Mobile Confirms Blackberry 10 Availability In The Future

As we count down the days till Blackberry’s late January showcase, T-Mobile CEO John Legere confirmed to Reuters that his company will carry Blackberry 10 products.

“We’re extremely optimistic that it’s going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it,” Chief Executive John Legere said.

T-Mobile was joined by AT&T and Verizon in announcing their intent to carry BB10 products. For its part, RIM says we can expect six Blackberry 10 devices this year, none of which will be carrier exclusives. You hear that Nokia? HTC? Carrier exclusives are the devil. RIM will unveil the full Blackberry 10 experience on January 30th with a media event in New York. They are expected to release low, mid and high-end devices to cater to every customers need.

In a statement to Fierce Wireless, RIM CMO Frank Boulben stated that the first two devices will feature one all-touch device, the other pairing a touchscreen and keyboard. Both of these devices will be previewed on January 30th.

Boulben also stated that the transition away from Blackberry 7 will take some time, allowing for the company to continue to offer low-end products around the world.

“We intend over time as we transition the portfolio to have a full range of devices” Boulben said

Anyone excited for Blackberry 10? I am, I really am. I want to see RIM return to glory.

Reuters, Fierce Wireless

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  • EekaBB


  • GwapoAko

    There you go!!!

  • EekaBB

    honestly idk how they can compete.

  • thepanttherlady

    Yessssssss!!!! I will be getting one for sure!

    • GwapoAko

      As long as the price is not $600!! I might get one too!

      • thepanttherlady

        I have my note 2 so I may wait for a sweet deal on this instead of grabbing it on release day. We shall see. :)

        • Josue

          why would you stop using the N2 for BB10?

        • thepanttherlady

          I’d stop using the Note 2 for any phone I liked better. In my previous posts (other articles here) I’ve said this may be the first time I actually keep 2 phones. Until I actually see/feel/use the BB10 I don’t know know what I’ll do.

        • Josue

          theres something wrong with you lol jjk jk

        • thepanttherlady

          That isn’t the first time I’ve been told that and most likely not the last. Lol

        • Josue

          just hold on to the N2 cause Rest In Motions future is in the hands of bb10

      • bisayan

        welcome back panget…lol

        • GwapoAko

          Bwahahhaa..Been so busy at work :0)

    • nycplayboy78

      Ummm why??!!


      • thepanttherlady

        Why NOT? LOL

        • nycplayboy78

          FAINTS!!! You silly PanterLady :)

  • archerian

    If Ballmer could pay $8.5B for Skype, he can cough up the same for RIM too…

  • I’ll be getting one

  • Kem

    Awesome!!! Can’t wait for BlackBerry 10!!

  • Given today’s app economy, BB10’s success will be largerly dependent on how fast developers support the platform. Just look at how poor developer adoption on Windows Phone has severely hampered the platform.

    • Josue

      you have a point there

  • HeyNow!

    I am good for 2. Goodbye iPhone hello Blackberry!

    Thanks David for the great reporting. This is good news.

  • ogopogo

    Glad to see this finally come to fruition. Also looking forward to Ubuntu’s run at the mobile market in Q4. This will make for some healthy competition.

    I really hope that BB makes the most of this.

    • the2000guy

      I don’t understand why is taking so long to have Ubuntu on smartphones… Do you know what is the reason??? Android is not supposed to be derived or developed from Linux platform???

      • ogopogo

        Ubuntu is going one step further than what we are used to. They want to replace the PC/Laptop with the mobile phone. They are working to make it “dock-able”. meaning that you will be able to dock the phone and use it as your desktop. They do have the OS ported to the Nexus S, but there is still quite a bit of work to do before it goes mainstream.

  • This is great news, and they stepping it up now.

  • David

    I’m buying one. I’m very excited. The OS looks fantastic.

  • I’m not excited, but I am intrigued. I did want a blackberry storm back in the day.

  • I don’t intend on purchasing a Blackberry 10 device but I do have have to say, I am really impressed with what I’ve seen of it so far. It very much has potential and looks nice, if the general public embraces it however that may be another story. I hope they do succeed because the more competition and options the better. I wish them luck!

  • 21stNow

    I’m excited for RIM. I hope that this will be a successful year for them. I am an Android fan through and through, but I am considering trying a BB10 device to see what it’s like. I always like to have at least one other platform on me, and BB10 is my top consideration for 2013.

  • Zacamandapio

    Dear Tmobile,
    What’s the Future in Days?


    Zacamandapio Tokunaga

    • just me

      Dear Zacamandapio,

      Please stop writing letters to T-Mobile that double in size by you including your first name.


      Just Me

      P.S. Okay, the name thing was a low blow. But seriously, the “letter-format” comments are getting old.

      • Zacamandapio

        Ha ha. Your comment was very funny. It made me ROFL.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Has anyone in San Jose seen the difference in speed with supposed 1900 Mhz compared to before 1900 Mhz??

  • Foxeh

    I had written RIM off, but it looks like BB10 is finally coming to fruition. I do hope RIM can get back into the swing of things.

    As a Windows Phone 7.5 user, I didn’t see a single WP8 I want so I may just have to give one of these BB10 babies a good look.

    • the2000guy

      I had windows mobile 6.5, and then I switched to Android. I never liked the GUI of mango then when it came… I think that windows phone 8 is a better option. Do you use very often your windows phone for work or it is useless for you?

      • Foxeh

        I use it all the time.

        I switched from Android to Windows Phone because it’s actually a reliable device and the features on it actually work like I’d expect. For example, non of my friends still on android even waste their time with QR codes while those of us on WP7.5+ or iPhones don’t hesitate because we know it’ll actually work without making us wait or pull batteries or whatever. I admit, some do love to mess with hundreds of roms on their phones trying to find one that kind of / sort of works, but I’m done with that. I needed a device I could depend on and that’s why I switched in the first place.

        In other words, I can use it as a tool and not a toy.

        Windows Mobile is nothing like WP7/8, but so far I like my current 7.5 devices more than any of the available WP8 devices because it’s of an appropriate size and has great battery life which is vital for dependability. WP8, from an end user standpoint, isn’t that huge of an upgrade. The new start screen is nice, but still having no week-view in calendar is REALLY annoying just as an example.

        The long and short of it is MS still has a ton of catching up to do in spite of such a major release. However, the features that are actually present work very well so I have no trouble living on it.

        That being said, BB10 appears to be simply superior, hah. We will see.

        • the2000guy

          Thanks for sharing your experience with both platforms, actually I expect that too on bb10

  • the2000guy

    I am also excited to see what BB has for all of us. I think that they will not sell it so expensive compared to iphone, samsung and HTC because they need to sell by itself, and then with the apps they should get better profit from it. But first is to get a lot of consumers in a short time.

    • Josue

      the bb 9900 was $300…so im sure bb is gonna do the same thing dude

      • David

        That was due to carriers lack of subsidies not RIM.

        • Josue

          im sure if they keep that up they’ll hurt RIM badly

  • dear Blackberry .. i have a touch screen phone already.

    • thepanttherlady

      Then it’s a good thing they’ll be offering one with a keyboard, right?

      • nope .. they’ve done that with the Curve already (touch+keyboard)… RIM should just stick to what they do best .. the Storm didn’t actually wow people and this is only an extension of that series .. i’ve never thought RIM needed to go full touch etc .. but hey .. i’m just a consumer ..
        i don’t think this will do wonders for business which is their bread and butter.

        • thepanttherlady

          The Storm was a crap phone and most people knew it. The Storm 2, on the other hand was MUCH better. That was the single phone I ever owned more than a couple months. I am excited about the new BB10 and welcome RIM’s changes.

        • when you get one .. let me know how you like it .. would be interested in hand’s on thoughts.

        • thepanttherlady

          Absolutely! Speaking of hands on, @David do you have any plans of reviewing this phone?

        • Absofreakinglutely, I can’t wait to try one.

  • Josue

    BB10 better wow the jeebus out of people (and me) or RIM is done

  • I wanna play with one they look cool.

  • BuddyLuv

    Yeah but when?

  • nycplayboy78

    Exactly David….Carrier Exclusives are the Devil…And the Devil is a LIE :)


    How about now carrier exclusives and unlocked (for the gsm versions). Now that will help RIM just a bit


    Might have to buy the BB Z10 just to see what the hoodrats are hollering about and to flash a new rom on it. XDA need to hop on this

    • David

      It will most likely not be a phone you can hack. Stick with android for that.

  • philyew

    Has the architecture for BB changed in the last 4-5 years?

    The reason I ask is that the backbone of RIM business has always been the enterprise market. However, while RIM has been withering away, companies will have been decommissioning BES servers and moving over to alternative managed environments.

    The arrival at this late hour of BB 10 – no matter how impressive – isn’t going to persuade companies to reverse that process.

    RIM succeeded first time round because of a compelling case for business security, they filled a vacuum and did it very well. The need is no longer there, so what is the compelling feature now?

    If RIM has to survive in the consumer marketplace, its lack of a competitive eco-system will forever keep it a minor player.

    • David

      The need for security remains and they have been working the enterprise side with BB10 for several months now. The architecture transition is mapped. BB10 will launch with over 100,000 apps and rapidly growing. BB has been working with developers internationally for over a year now to build a BB10 ecosystem. In other words, everything you said was false and based on nothing.

      • philyew

        The need for security remains, of course, but the vacuum that RIM filled no longer exists. Both Windows Phones and iOS provide a managed environment that enterprises find satisfactory. The need to fill a service vacuum is no longer there. That’s what I meant.

        Without doubt, Blackberry managed services have been decommissioned in their enterprise market. The global organization, for whom I managed a Blackberry environment, did it four years ago (I thought wrongly at the time) and the trend will have accelerated since. Analysts were predicting a 30% shift away from RIM in large enterprises back at the end of 2011. By the end of 2012 it was expected that “iOS will be the number 1 corporate-liable operating system (OS) device by volumes shipped,” according to IDC research published in November 2012.

        So why would an enterprise which has turned its back on RIM decide to revert just because of the introduction of BB 10? It costs a great deal to transition the device portfolio and support environment for a large enterprise ,and once a company shifts to the iPhone platform, for example, that change will be irreversible – at least until the ROI on the initial change is satisfied.

        Even if most of the eco-system supporting iOS and Android is crap, each one has 700,000 or more applications available, compared with the 100,000 that are being updated from BB 7.1. That means there are probably twice as many serviceable apps from each compared with BB from the point of view of the general consumer.

        My point is that RIM has survived this long based on its position in the enterprise market, but their loss of grasp on that market has most likely carried them past the tipping point where the established solution is no longer BB, but is now iOS. They are no longer defending (badly) their preeminence, but instead have to attack another dominant solution provider, Apple. Nothing about their strategy and actions over the last year suggests that they have prepared themselves effectively for such an assault.

        Without an enterprise anchor, Blackberry has no chance of recovering based on the consumer market. According to Gartner research in November last, RIM had a 5.3% global market share, with Android sitting at a staggering 72.4% and iOS at 13.9%.

        All of this supports what I said originally. Sorry, but it simply wasn’t false. I used to swear by Blackberry, but I watched RIM become increasingly irrelevant in the enterprise, with no established position to work from outside that environment.

        • David

          The International market has kept BB alive. The 100,000 apps are not ported from 7.1. They are newly developed over the last year. BB10 has a higher development port from android than anyone else as it requires no more than a couple hours using the tools provided by RIM. Your assertions are false from my stand point because you are guessing and using a limited pool of knowledge from the BES side. Most companies didn’t switch to iphone they actually went to BYOD and many of those companies have been meeting with RIM reviewing the new architecture that has been developed and is in place. They might not come back but they don’t have to. RIM isn’t trying to be number one. They are trying to fill their niche market which could put them at three or four. Using their QNX platform which is embedded in almost every electronic device you see daily along with their security certification already achieved on BB10 and their 3 billion in cash with no debt…I think they will succeed. Time will tell.

        • philyew

          I was using the number of apps in BB App World as the baseline, but according to RIM’s comments to Fierce Wireless, they will actually launch BB 10 with 70,000 apps.

          Unless you are prepared to declare Gartner, IDC, ComScore and a host of other research and analysis groups wrong, the information that I am drawing from all says the same thing: RIM is in an extremely precarious situation. While its tangible book value and market cap square out at $6 billion there were significant operating losses for 2012 at around $1.2 billion, I believe.

          I may be guessing – that’s all most of us can do when projecting the future – but my guesses are based on a reasonable set of data points. You are equally guessing, and your data points may be just as reasonable from your perspective. You may not like the conclusions that I am drawing from the data, but that doesn’t make the data false. At worst, my conclusions might be mistaken.

          I’m familiar with the kind of meetings with vendors that you are describing. They didn’t often provide anything more than a sanity check.

          Maybe we are talking about different aspirations but actually, if you are saying that RIM are “trying to fill a niche market which could put them at three or four” then I don’t really see how what you are saying is anything different to what I was saying which was that RIM would remain a minor player. In an industry where the market share for the third ranked company is less than 10%, I don’t know what else you would use to describe such a position, other than “minor player.”

          Good luck to you and to RIM. I have no ax to grind.

        • David

          Fair enough. Best to you as well.

  • spritemoney

    I am glad that manufacturers are finally realizing that carrier exclusivity are not as profitable as having your phone on every carrier. HTC and Nokia WAKE UP

  • Scott Walsh

    You’ll never see “RIM return to glory” lol, they are toast/history just like WP8 is.