Blackberry fans, if you are on the Sprint network take note that Sprint will not be offering the Z10 in their lineup of Blackberry smartphones but only the Q10 model.
The Sprint network just recently confirmed that they will only be carrying the Q10 Blackberry smartphone, in regards to Blackberry’s two new model releases. The BlackBerry Z10 was the first smartphone to run on the all-new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
The BlackBerry Q10 is different from the Z10 in the fact that that offers a standard QWERTY external keyboard, which many BlackBerry fans are fond of and something BlackBerrys were always known for. The Z10, which is very similar to the Q10, only offers the standard touch screen but also runs on the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
If you are not on the Sprint network but are in the market for the new Z10 model, you'll be happy to know that it will be offered by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, and of these three networks, only T-Mobile will also be selling the Q10.
The Z10 will be going on sale any day now in the United States, however, you’ll have to wait until May of this year if you want the Q10.
Many fans of BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion) were exited to hear about the new models of smartphones unveiled in January of this year. The newly designed smartphones with their 11-centimeter high resolution touch screens were a real hit with critics. An added bonus was the new operating system and brand new look for the smartphone that gave added hope to many investors who were beginning to lose faith in in the company.
BlackBerry has been trying to regain a bigger share of the market since they began to lose favor to the trendier iPhone and other smartphone manufacturers such as South Korea’s Samsung. In fact, BlackBerry saw their sales continuing to decline nearly 34% in 2012 as compared to 2011. In the 4th quarter of 2012, they were down some 44%.
Apple and Samsung have dominated Smartphone sales for some time now and now the Chinese company Huawei is really beginning to take notice as well. In the fourth quarter of 2012, Samsung and apple accounted for 52% of smartphone sales, which was up 46% from the third quarter.