RIM responds to analysts speculation of BlackBerry 10 launch dates

If there one thing that is concrete in this world, it is to never take an analysts statement as fact.  The majority of the time these analysts are making predictions and claims that will benefit themselves or someone else they are affiliated with.  Sometimes they are only regurgitating something they themselves have read on a blog.  Yesterday there was a report from Boston-based firm Detwiler Fenton, stating that there would be major delays in BlackBerry 10 devices hitting the market after the January 30th announcement.

Here is a summation of what Detwiler Fenton had to say,

  • Detwiler asserts that they “understand” that the QWERTY device won’t debut until June.
  • AT&T and T-Mobile are not expected to launch BB10 devices until March, the firm says.
  • Verizon and Sprint are targeting a May debut, the report contends.

This of course goes against everything else that we have heard so far about the BlackBerry 10 launch dates.  Even RIM has mace it clear that they will be getting the BlackBerry 10 devices to the shelves very shortly after the January 30th WorldWide announcement.  RIM has made a released a formal response this morning to the claims of Detwiler Fenton,

Details of the commercial availability for BlackBerry 10 will be announced at the global launch events on January 30. Our executives have made it clear that the touch screen device will be available shortly after launch with the physical keyboard version to follow shortly after that.”

Now this response doesn’t provide us with any clear dates, but it does again reiterate that the touchscreen L-Series will be available “shortly after” the January 30th event.  More and more we have to very careful as to what we are reporting on when it comes to analysts.  The best method is to always take an analysts report with a grain of salt.




  • Detwiler – credibility zero. AT&T, Verizon wake up and get your facts straight. Please speak the truth and avoid speculation unless of course you are trying to conduct negative press towards RIM… Naah that wouldn’t happen…

  • Heck, AT&T and Verizon (and most other carriers for that matter) can’t even get the published details right, let alone unpublished ones.