By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 04, 2013 08:25 AM EST
This could be a bit of a bad news for all subscribed to Sprint, with BlackBerry forming on the most important part of their lives, and waiting for the upcoming BlackBerry Z10.
Per reports, U.S.-based cellular carrier Sprint has just confirmed that the company will not be carrying the BlackBerry Z10, the first phone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
While not really wanting to disappoint the number of people who still depend on their BlackBerrys, Sprint has also stated that instead it will only offer the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10.
The information was revealed by Sprint spokesperson Mark Elliott while in an interview with Bloomberg. "We aren't saying there's anything different about our customers," Elliott said. "We think our customers will be happy with the qwerty keyboard and touch screen on the Q10."
However, the new information may not arrive wholly as something unexpected. This is because Sprint, previously, had already revealed a press release announcing plans to sell the Q10 while failing to mention the Z10 whatsoever.
"Sprint and RIM have been strong partners for more than a dozen years, and we have an extremely loyal base of BlackBerry customers who will appreciate the features of the new BlackBerry 10 platform," said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. "We also look forward to adding BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to our portfolio and bringing the enterprise mobility solution to our customers."
"The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone delivers a powerful new platform for BlackBerry customers," said Carlo Chiarello, executive vice president-Global Smartphone Business, RIM. "Combined with the 4G LTE network and service plans from Sprint, BlackBerry Q10 customers will be delighted with a re-invented communication experience, seamless multitasking, easy access to multiple social networks and the peace of mind that BlackBerry security gives them."
The three other major U.S. carriers - AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile - have confirmed that they will sell the Z10, and all except for T-Mobile have promised support for the Q10. While the Z10 is expected to be made available this month in the U.S., fans will have to wait at least until May for the QWERTY-equipped Q10.
Sprint is the third-largest U.S. mobile-phone service, and will be offering the Q10 later this year.
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