January 11, 2013
Three Major Carriers Confirm Support For BlackBerry 10
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
The carriers -- Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile -- confirmed they are "looking forward" to the devices, which make their debut on January 30.
"We're hopeful it's going to be a good device," said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam in an interview with Reuters during this week´s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
"We'll carry it," he said.
BlackBerry 10 is RIM's next-generation mobile operating platform, and gaining the support of major carriers is vital for the company´s chances of regaining lost market share from rivals such as Apple and Samsung.
BlackBerry once dominated the smartphone market, but quickly lost ground to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy phones, particularly in North America and Europe.
RIM has been testing the BlackBerry 10 handsets with carriers to let them evaluate network compatibility.
T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. wireless provider, also plans to carry the device.
"We're extremely optimistic that it's going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it," Chief Executive John Legere told Reuters.
AT&T´s Chief Marketing Officer, David Christopher, has pledged that the carrier will support the new platform, but did not disclose further details.
Jeff Bradley, AT&T´s handset executive, also confirmed that the company would carry the phone.
"It's logical to expect our current (BlackBerry) customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future," he said.
RIM said it was pleased that major carriers are embracing the new platform.
"Excitement for BlackBerry 10 is building as we get closer to our global launch event on January 30," a RIM spokesman told PCMag.
"We're pleased many have confirmed their intention to make BlackBerry 10 phones available shortly after launch.”
The company said it is now working with more than 150 carriers worldwide.