BlackBerry announces Limited Edition device availability for Verizon Wireless developers

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By Alicia Erlich on 2 Feb 2013 06:46 pm EST
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In the last few weeks, developers who qualified for the Limited Edition device have been submitting their applications to trade up from their Dev Alpha. However, those who are on the Verizon network were receiving emails about an issue with the CDMA carrier in the USA. Today BlackBerry released a statement concerning the availability:

Many developers have already submitted their requests for the Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device. We've started sending out confirmation emails to those that have qualified for the device. Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are unable to offer a Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 for developers on the Verizon network.

In addition, for those developers who wish to remain with Verizon, BlackBerry is offering them the following choice in lieu of the Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device.

  1. Request a Verizon BlackBerry 10 device to replace their BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha, adhering to the same terms and conditions of the Limited Edition device in order to qualify. This will be a final commercial device and will ship when BlackBerry 10 is commercially available on Verizon
  2. Request a Limited Edition BlackBerry 10 device from an alternate carrier, one which is supported as a part of the Limited Edition program.
For those developers who qualified, will you be opting for a commercial device as a replacement or choosing one on an alternate carrier? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Inside BlackBerry

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BlackBerry announces Limited Edition device availability for Verizon Wireless developers

34 Comments

Unforeseen? I'm betting this is a VZW roadblock so the carrier doesn't have to support a micro-sized segment of subscribers with unique hardware.

I think I agree. And this is a limited edition, meaning it is very unlikely you can exchange it for a non-Verizon model if you switch carriers.

But what about Sprint, then?

Sprint will do just about anything to retain subscribers at this point. I suspect they are not posing many issues.

I want that splat ! Where can we get them ?!?!? CrackBerry give away maybe ? I'll arm wrestle Kevin for one :p

Sooooooooo, what RIM/BB is saying is that they haven't yet completed units that will function on the VZW CDMA network, which would tell me that the non-limited edition consumer production units aren't ready yet. which in turn goes right back to what I have been saying since RIM/BB announced a late March release date in the US, it is not the carriers holding this up.

It is definitely the carriers in particular Verizon that's holding things up especially having to do with the limited edition units.. I was @ the BlackBerry10 Fan Night & they had a ton of working Verizon Z10s on display.. Not just on wifi neither it literally said Verizon wireless up top where the carrier name is located

Yeah I agree. This is late here in determining that Verizon has this problem now - 4 months later since they were provided the phones in Oct. of last year. Seems like Verizon fell asleep at the wheel.

Your logic seems flawed, these are the Limited Edition ONLY in question. How you take the leap otherwise is beyond me.

Canadian and U.S. carriers are darn near the same when it comes to network technology. This issue is not BB's fault; otherwise more carriers in other countries would have the same issues.

If I were a qualifying dev I would still get the limited edition phone if I was on Verizon & either switch carriers, sell it, or just get it just to have & use on wifi.. & then jus unfortunately buy a Verizon Z10 or Q10

This indicates to me VZW is looking to cripple the Z10 in someway. This is history just repeating itself over again. Not good.

If I was a dev who had to make this choice I would still go for the limited edition, at worst you could sell it for more than it would cost for a VZW z10 anyway, who knows maybe you'd make enough to also get yourself a q10 too.

I just can't get past the lack of a CDMA dev device and delay in issue in the USA. There has to be some relationship there. If it's testing or tech issues found during testing I don't pretend to know, but I do believe there is a relationship.

Rig Red is anti-development on their service. We are the only carrier with locked bootloaders on the android Motorola devices and just read they found a way to lock the galaxy note 2.
This is Verizon playing BIg Brother.

+10000
Carriers want to control everything, north or south of the 49th parallel. Just ask us about locked in 3 year contracts with outrageous early cancellation fees. :-(

I'm a qualifying dev on Verizon. I will switch carriers for this because I want the unique LE device.