Once one of the leaders in the phone industry, BlackBerry is currently struggling to make ends meet. The company’s black horse, the all-touch Z10, which was expected to help the manufacturer bounce back, failed to accomplish the mission. There is more. The phone was responsible for a $1 billion loss in the fiscal second quarter. However, BlackBerry is not giving up. The company apparently hopes that customers will give a touchscreen-only BlackBerry a second chance and is preparing to launch the Z30 in the US.
BlackBerry Z30 for Verizon Wireless
The Blackberry Z30 will be offered only on Verizon Wireless network and will hit the stores some time this month. You will be able to grab the the phone for $199.99 with new two-year contract. The phone also will be available on Verizon Edge for $22.91 per month for 24 months.
It looks like other carriers did not express any interest in the Z30, thus the device will be Verizon-exclusive, at least for the time being. Vivek Bhardwaj, BlackBerry’s head of software portfolio explains that there is no special agreement with Verizon that would prevent other carriers from launching the handset.
The BlackBerry Z30 features a touch screen display just like the Z10 but bigger, measuring 5 inches diagonally. The screen is made with AMOLED technology and offers HD resolution. The phone is powered by a 1.7 GHz processor and packs a 2,880 mAh battery – a significant upgrade over the Z10’s 1,800 mAh unit. The Z30 key selling point, however, will be the new BlackBerry 10.2 platform with much improved message handling.