With the T-Mobile BlackBerry Z10 already available to business customers and AT&T confirming a March 22nd release date, it was only a matter of time before Verizon confirmed the release date for its version of the BlackBerry Z10 which it did today, tacking on a pre-order period in the build up to a March 28th release date.
Earlier this week, we saw T-Mobile offer up the BlackBerry Z10 to business customers in the U.S. And while consumers still have to wait, it shouldn’t be too long before the Magnenta carrier unleashes the phone for everyone else. We also saw AT&T confirm a release date for the BlackBerry Z10, saying that it would start to carry it on March 22nd.
With Sprint not offering the BlackBerry Z10, that left Verizon as the only BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry 10 launch partner in the U.S. not to announce release details for the smartphone.
Today, Verizon finally made its plans clear, saying that the BlackBerry Z10 would be heading to its network in March 28th, just a week shy of AT&T’s release date. However, those that want to make a commitment to the phone can do so early as the carrier has also revealed that it will start taking pre-orders for the phone starting at 8AM tomorrow.
The pre-order period starts on the same day that Samsung will be announcing the Samsung Galaxy S4, its latest smartphone and one that the BlackBerry Z10 will likely be up against on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Like AT&T, Verizon will be charging $199.99 on-contract for the BlackBerry 10 powered device and that price will come at the expense of a new two-year agreement with the nation’s largest 4G LTE provider.
Verizon did announce any pricing or release date for the QWERTY-equipped BlackBerry Q10, which the carrier should start offering some time later this year.
The BlackBerry Z10 is BlackBerry’s all-touch BlackBerry 10 smartphone and it comes with a number of high-end features including a spacious HD display, speedy processor, 8MP camera and of course, BlackBerry’s new OS, BlackBerry 10.