Bmobile and Digicel T&T are gearing up for the launch of BlackBerry’s new platform BB10 and it’s first device, the Z10. Both networks have announced plans to carry the Z10 but Bmobile has definitely been more vocal recently. While Digicel has been quieter I can say that both networks will be launching in the early April time-frame.
While “Early April” technically means before the 15th of the month, I expect sooner than that. Devices are already in testing locally with the carriers and each network is probably still fine tuning their sales strategies. Before anyone asks about pricing, I can tell you one time that we’re not going to know until launch day.
This time-frame actually isn’t unique to T&T but is part of the overall rollout strategy being pushed by BlackBerry in the Caribbean. At the New York launch of BB10 I was able to speak with Director for the Caribbean – Sean Killen, and he described the region as being very important and dear to BlackBerry. This isn’t surprising since even with the influx of iPhone and Android devices, BlackBerry still commands the highest market share in the region.
Regionally, Expect Dominican Republic to launch first (largest mobile market in the Caribbean) followed by Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Given that Bmobile/LIME and Digicel are regional networks I expect then by mid May 2013 most territories will have launched BB10 devices.
Having used the Z10 since the worldwide launch, I think a lot of you guys will be impressed and pleased for three (3) reasons:
- The Z10 ( and the BB10 platform) is totally different/better from what we are accustomed to with the BBOS devices like the Curve/Bold/Torch. As I’ve said before, there is no spinning clock on BB10 and you don’t need to restart your phone to reinstall/uninstall apps. If it did not have a BlackBerry logo on it, you wouldn’t be able to tell it was a BlackBerry.
- BB10 keeps the best things about BlackBerry (Communication/messaging/security/productivity) while giving you amazing stability and performance. The hardware is top notch, and the look & feel is pretty sweet.
- MUCH BETTER apps. not only better, higher quality apps, but more of the apps you will actually love and use daily.
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