It looks like BlackBerry comeback did not go as planned and its latest phone, the Z10, will not be offered by all major carriers in the US. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are yet to announce the exact launch dates of the Blackberry Z10, which were delayed due to long testing period, but they confirmed that they will carry the handset. As you can see, Sprint is not on the list, so it is clear that the Now Network will be the only one of the ‘Big Four’ carriers in the US not to offer the touch screen BlackBerry Z10.
Sprint to offer classic styled Blackberry Q10 only
This does not mean, however, that Sprint will not offer any BB10-running device, but the carrier’s handset of choice is the BlackBerry Q10 and not the flagship Z10. According to Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott, the carrier thinks that its customers “will be happy with the qwerty keyboard and touch screen on the Q10.” If they will indeed, it yet remains to be seen, since the phone will not be available until April at the earliest.
Unlike the touchscreen-only Z10, the Q10 comes with the more classic BlackBerry styling. The handset packs a full QWERTY physical keyboard, in addition to a smaller 3.1-inch touch screen. The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and sports 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory with an option to add up to 64 GB more. Other features include an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture, 2 megapixel shooter on the front, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microHDMI and a 2100 mAh removable battery. Of course, the Blackberry Q10 runs the latest BB10 OS.