There have been a lot of moans and groans regarding the delay of BlackBerry 10 and the BlackBerry Z10 making their way to US carriers. There is obviously some carrier side issues, mainly testing we are assuming, that have delayed the American launch by a month or more. The good news is that T-Mobile has come out and stated that they are impressed with the Z10 and want to be the first US carrier to launch the new BlackBerry 10 device.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, T-Mobile went on the record about their intentions when it comes to BlackBerry Z10.
“The device is more stable than we anticipated,” said Frank Sickinger, head of business sales at T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG. “If we are able to speed up the launch date, we will do that. Right now it’s looking like mid-March.”
BlackBerry has been criticized, and seen a drop in market price, due to the fact that the American launch was set for sometime in March. However I am guessing that an equal share of the blame can be placed directly on the shoulders of the carriers who require to test the devices before announcing any release dates. The fact that UK and Canadian carriers got the device out sooner, simply means that they put more impetuous on getting the testing done.
T-Mobile is looking at the Z10 as a chance to regain some of their lost enterprise market and increase their 5.5% of the enterprise market in the US. T-Mobile will be offering the BlackBerry Z10 for $199 on a 2 year agreement when it is finally released, and they will be making the device available to business customers a week early.
Hopefully other US carriers will put the push on to get the BlackBerry Z10 onto the shelves of their retail stores as soon as possible.