T-Mobile USA on June 5 will become the first
major U.S. carrier to sell the BlackBerry Q10 qwerty smartphone to
consumers in stores and online for $99.99 down and 24 monthly $20
Verizon Wireless began taking Web orders for the Q10 device today, with a shipping date of June 6.
Verizon will charge $199.99, with a new two-year agreement. The Q10 will be sold in Verizon stores
shortly after the Web orders ship, a spokeswoman said.
and AT&T will also carry the Q10. Sprint today repeated earlier
statements that it will start delivering the smartphone to users in late
summer while AT&T today said again that it will start shipping the
device sometime this summer.
Neither Sprint or AT&T has announced a price for the Q10.
has been selling the Q10 to business customers since May 14 under
special plans arranged with T-Mobile business sales reps.
BlackBerry said on May 14
that it would begin selling the Q10 through U.S. carriers in June, not May as it had previously announced.
qwerty Q10 device, which has a physical keyboard beneath a 3.1-in
touchscreen, is already on sale in more than 14 other countries,
T-Mobile charges $579.99 for the Q10, following
its recent initiative to make phones available unsubsidized or nearly
so. The carrier is also promoting unlimited data, voice and texting
plans with no annual contracts under what it calls its Simple Choice Plan
BlackBerry officials have high hopes for the Q10, since up to 90% of its existing 70 million-plus customers already use a qwerty BlackBerry phone
like the Curve or Bold.
will start its real recovery with the long-awaited Q10, which has an
actual keypad,” independent analyst Jeff Kagan said recently.
“BlackBerry users love their keypad.”
The Q10 will run the first
update of BlackBerry 10, called BlackBerry 10.1. That update has
recently been made available to the Z10 touchscreen-only smartphone,
which went on sale in February.
At one point in April, BlackBerry
suggested the sales price for the Q10 would be $249 with a two-year
contract, but Verizon is charging $50 less.
At T-Mobile, business
customers will pay $119.99 or more for the Q10, depending on the
wireless plan they choose. One of the business plans, called Business
Unlimited, charges $70 a month on a two-year contract, offering
unlimited talk, text and data.