1. hauger's Avatar
    Apparently, customers in the US can buy and use a Z10 right now without resorting to Ebay:

    U.S. phone provider selling BlackBerry Z10 — for $999

    By: Jessica McDiarmid News reporter, Published on Mon Feb 11 2013

    The wait for a BlackBerry Z10 in the U.S. is over — but only for users willing to dish out $1,000.

    Solavei, a no-contract mobile service provider, announced early availability of BlackBerry’s much-awaited new smartphone, already released in Canada and Britain but not expected on the wider American market until mid-March.

    “We believe in giving our members access to the latest phones and wireless capabilities,” said CEO and founder Ryan Wuerch in a press release.

    Wuerch said Solavei is the first carrier in the U.S. to offer the phone, for sale on the website of its retail partner GSM Nation for $999. It’s a hefty increase over prices in Canada, where phones are going for about $150 with a three-year contract or about $650 outright.

    The phones went on sale through GSM Nation at 8 a.m. Monday morning. The company didn’t yet have numbers available on how many sold but spokesperson Jason Genthner said there was a “flurry of activity” on the site.

    BlackBerry unveiled its new operating system and two handsets, the Z10 and the Q10, on Jan. 30 in what’s widely seen as a make-or-break product launch for the Waterloo, Ont.-based company.
    BlackBerry, which changed its name from Research in Motion last month, saw its market share slip over the years as it worked on upgrades amid stiff competition from rivals like Apple’s iPhone. Some fear the gap time between the launch and market availability in the U.S. will derail the company’s comeback plans.

    Shares fell more than 6 per cent in New York trading on Monday after Home Depot announced it was swapping 10,000 employees BlackBerry phones for iPhones, Bloomberg reported.
    BlackBerry reported strong sales of the touch-screen Z10 model in Canada, though there were few lineups for the new phone when it went on sale Feb. 5. Telecom provider Bell said advance orders exceeded any previous BlackBerry model and there was intense interest. BlackBerry also reported strong sales in Britain.
    The Q10, which has a traditional BlackBerry keypad, won’t go on sale until later this year.

    Solavei offers $49 (U.S.) unlimited phone plans with voice, data and text.
    U.S. phone provider selling BlackBerry Z10 — for $999 | Toronto Star

    The Financial Post has a similar story: BlackBerry Z10 available in the U.S. right now
    BBNation and arfin like this.
    02-11-13 08:24 PM
  2. Michelle Haag's Avatar
    02-11-13 08:27 PM
  3. playbookster's Avatar
    I have to laugh at the last part

    "Shares fell more than 6 per cent in New York trading on Monday after Home Depot announced it was swapping 10,000 employees BlackBerry phones for iPhones, Bloomberg reported."

    As if 10 000 customers is worth a 6 percent drop in the stock.. BlackBerry is probably selling 10 000 units every 20 minutes at this point. The stock market always seems to lack perspective, but I am sure it was the bears pushing that story forward. Wide spread sellouts in Canada, UK and the middle east but 10 000 Home Depot employees is headline news
    bbfan1040 likes this.
    02-11-13 08:29 PM
  4. hauger's Avatar
    Ahhh....missed that post.
    02-11-13 08:33 PM
  5. BBNation's Avatar
    Good news, hopefully this will pressure big boys.. The US media is trying hard to bring down share prices..Homedepot news is old and only 10k phones compare to 100k reported by CNBC. RIM should be agressive to clarify these misleading headlines..
    02-11-13 09:30 PM
  6. Dapper37's Avatar
    I have to laugh at the last part

    "Shares fell more than 6 per cent in New York trading on Monday after Home Depot announced it was swapping 10,000 employees BlackBerry phones for iPhones, Bloomberg reported."

    As if 10 000 customers is worth a 6 percent drop in the stock.. BlackBerry is probably selling 10 000 units every 20 minutes at this point. The stock market always seems to lack perspective, but I am sure it was the bears pushing that story forward. Wide spread sellouts in Canada, UK and the middle east but 10 000 Home Depot employees is headline news
    It's a reflection on how the American media creates the news/perception. Most people eat it up!
    02-11-13 11:27 PM

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