BlackBerry Q10 available from Sprint August 30th for $199.99

By Adam Zeis on 26 Aug 2013 10:20 am EDT

After a long, long wait, Sprint will finally be releasing the BlackBerry Q10 on August 30th. While all other US carriers have had the Q10 for months now, Sprint will be offering it up in stores and online this Friday. 

Sprint had passed on the BlackBerry Z10 all together so the Q10 will be the first BlackBerry 10 in their arsenal, though they are said to be offering up the Z30 later this fall. The Q10 will be available for $199 and users can pair the new device with unlimited service on the My Way or My All-in plans.

What say you Sprint users - will you be upgrading to a new Q10? 

Press Release

BlackBerry Q10 Smartphone Available from Sprint Aug. 30 for $199.99

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 26, 2013 - The first 4G LTE BlackBerry® 10 smartphone from Sprint, the BlackBerry® Q10 smartphone, will be available Friday, Aug. 30, in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1Call: 1-800-SPRINT1, for $199.99 (excludes taxes and surcharges) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

“Our customers have anxiously awaited the arrival of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its best-in-class physical keyboard, productivity features, enhanced security capabilities and apps make it easy to be productive at work and connected to friends and family after hours. With the Sprint Unlimited, My Way and My All-in rate plans, our customers will be able to use the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone as it was intended, without worrying about silly data caps or overages.”

The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM plan or My All-inSM plan are eligible for The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee. The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee gives customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on the Sprint network for the life of the line of service1.

The new Unlimited, My Way rate plan features unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network for as little as $80 per month (excludes taxes and surcharges). With the Unlimited, My Way plan, Sprint customers can also customize their wireless plan to meet their family’s needs, including mixing smartphones and basic phones, selecting their data options, and adding up to 10 lines all on the same account.

Sprint customers will see significant yearly savings compared to AT&T and Verizon with the new Unlimited, My Way plan. Customers can save $360 per year versus Verizon’s and AT&T’s comparable plan with only 4GB of data2.

Additionally, Sprint is offering smartphone customers the My All-in plan with unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network and 5GB mobile hotspot usage for $110 per month (excludes taxes and surcharges)3.

For those customers wanting to use their BlackBerry Q10 smartphone from Sprint at work, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone works with the new BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 introduced earlier this year. It provides advanced Corporate-level Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs and Regulated-level EMM controls and settings for enterprise customers in government and other industries that require an advanced level of security, control and logging.

Built with precision and offering premium performance in a signature design, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone combines BlackBerry’s best physical keyboard and a touchscreen with the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform to help you communicate and collaborate faster and more efficiently. The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone includes advanced hardware, communications and multimedia features, and provides long battery life that lets you confidently stay ahead and take action all day long.

The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB memory and microSD memory card slot that supports up to 32GB memory cards. It also offers a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display with capacitive multitouch navigation and four-row, full QWERTY keyboard.

Continuing the BlackBerry tradition of long battery life, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone boasts a removable 2,100mAh lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours talk time on the Sprint network. It also offers an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording and 2-megapixel 720p HD front-facing camera.

Additional key features include:

  • international roaming
  • Wi-Fi® (Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to five users simultaneously
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy
  • integrated speaker
  • three microphones with noise reduction

The re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform offers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience. It gives you a faster and smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail is designed to keep you moving and includes advancements such as:

  • The ever-present BlackBerry® Hub, which brings all your conversations together in one easy-to-manage place that you can access at any time from any app with a simple “peek,” so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you.
  • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content, protecting what’s important to you and the business you work for.
  • BBM™, which lets you share things with the people that matter to you in an instant. BBM in BlackBerry 10 includes voice calling and video chat and lets you share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 contact.
  • BlackBerry® Remember, which helps you tackle tasks quickly with a new way to collect, organize and action all the information sitting in different places across your smartphone.

Sprint continues to bring a better wireless experience to more customers across the country as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network and is projected to provide LTE to 200 million people by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint 4G LTE, visit Customers are also encouraged to check often because the maps are updated when coverage is expanded.


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Reader comments

BlackBerry Q10 available from Sprint August 30th for $199.99


Sprint is garbage so I'm really not surprised at all. Had they had this phone months ago my girl would have one but instead she got an iPhone 5 (lost her last phone).

Sent via Z10 on Verizon running a .1047 hybrid thru CB10

Sprint Rocks here in NYC. But by all means ahead. Troll on. Blame Sprint for your lady's iPhone purchase...

I agree with Soeasy. I'm in Metro Detroit and a long time Verizon cust (10+ years) I switched to Sprint about 4 years ago with my first BB, Curve. I got much better pricing with Sprint when I switched to a smart phone and the service has been IDENTICAL to Verizon which has always been good. I got my 9930 Bold when they came out and I'm pretty sure I'm getting a Q10 now.... So no complaints about Sprint from here either.....

Yup, left Sprint a while back for the Z10, never looked back. They can keep their unlimited data, it's so slow it's not even worth it anyway.

BlackBerry Z10 | Verizon |

Maybe with all the other full touch. They just thought that the difference maker would be the keyboard. However why so late?

From the Mighty Z

Yeah, same here. After using a Torch 9850 for so long, I don't want to go back to a physical keyboard.

If I hadn't already bought my Z10, I would definitely hold out for the Z30!

REALLY hope the backtrack on the name and call it the A10 though. SOOOOO much better IMO.

Posted via CB10

Lol, they probably will. I am prepping my responses now. Going to go by the store today to see if they are even aware the device is coming.

Yeah when they tell you "it sucks", ask them to explain why in detail. Then you can take the phone and educate them on the features

Posted via CB10

They definitely will. When I was there a couple of weeks ago to replace my Torch, the agent assisting me was trying to steer me to an iPhone or a Windows Mobile phone.

Oh man I was talking to one of my regional carriers one time (GCI) asking if they were going to get BlackBerry 10, they even had a big BBM sign out front, and the first words out of the rep's mouth was "BlackBerry sucks". I was just like, gee well that's "real helpful".

Posted via CB10

Late to the game and 199? bucks which was the initial launched price. Everyone has already dropped the price on this site the q10 came out. Sprint really doesn't want to sell Blackberry.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

Just checked. Verizon: $199, At&T: $199, T-Mobile: $0. Only T-Mobile has dropped the price. Get your facts straight.

The BlackBerry and Sprint faithful are already gone using their new BlackBerry 10's on a new network who properly offered BlackBerry 10 in a timely manner. Sprint you are dead to me!

Z10 on T-Mobile, 32 GB PlayBook - Posted via CrackBerry 10

My wife and I are still deciding if we want to keep Sprint, so we will be holding off on the purchase of our two Q10s for a bit. Eventually we will be purchasing two of them, just may not be through Sprint! We're just waiting out the nice credit they gave me for 4 months for calling and asking about cancelling.

Besides that, it's close(3 months) to Black Friday that it might be worth waiting to see if they put it on sale. In that time we should also see how 10.2 is deployed on Sprint, so we will get a feel for how quick their updates will come.

Breakingpoint0: I left Sprint for the Z back in May, my wife just left last month for hers, and leaving Sprint is the best thing we could have done. We have this thing called "high speed data" now, it's great. Haha!

Posted from my T-Mobile Z10, no longer on the Sprint Meh network.

Good thing I'm not on Sprint anymore. Switch to AT&T for work and dropped the personal phone. I don't know what I would have done if I had to wait for a BB10 device this long. But to all those ppl on Sprint, I'm glad they are finally rolling out the Q10 for you.

Posted via CB10

Finally my GF will be able to upgrade. She has been giving me an evil look every time I wip out my Verizon Q10.

Posted via CB10

Still on Sprint, but I will pass on this phone. 3 months late and then "offering" it for $199 is a joke. I will wait for the Z30 and just keep using my 9850.

What? Only 9 short months after the launch of BB10, one of the 2 flagships will be available on a US carrier for $200 on a 2 year contract? Fantastic! If no one wants an I-phone, windows phone or an android phone or the z-10, they are sure to buy this up. Look for record breaking sales.

BTW - I'm the magical lollipop man from sparkle rainbow land, la, la, la, la, la...

I think I'm going to have to pass. I've waited this long, I might as well get what I really want which is the Z30 and unfortunately I can't afford both :( so my trusty 9850 will have to continue to carry me for a bit longer.

Good luck man, not *too* much longer. Just hopefully (for your sake and others) the Z30 isn't delayed 2-3 months longer than other US carriers like the Q10 was. Sprint needs to step their game up if they want to keep any customers..

Yep, that's why I'm getting the Q10 now. I'm not fooling around with rumors and more possible delays for whatever reason. I prefer a qwerty kb so it works out for me.

Yeah, I mean if you are a QWERTY kinda guy/gal then it's kind of a no brainer.. Wonder when the Q30 is going to come out and what it's going to look like :P

I'm wondering when the next iteration of the Q10 will come as well! Since we are only about 9 months from BBLive(assuming it's the same time as this year) is it worth getting the phone now only for the next one to be announced then?

If I wasn't wrapped up in a contract with 3 lines then Big Red would of had my money by now. Sprint better step up their game with the Z30. By then my contract is up so no other reason to stay than the Z30. They better go BIG!!!

I definitely like Verizon, haven't had any of the problems that I hear many others constantly have. Just wish they had an upgrade plan like T-Mobile w/ no contract. That would be killer.

I too have been very disappointed in Sprint in this.

I'd be curious to know what they lost loss what due to no BB10 availability. We know on other carriers BB10 adoption is slow(I'm not taking a jab, just stating what others have said). Did the fact that it took Sprint a few months to get a BB10 phone really make a difference in the grand scheme of their customer count?

In all honesty I would say it didn't effect them as much since BB10 isn't super popular now. However, it could hurt them in the long run as BB10 adoption picks up. People would see it took them a while and not want to wait for the new awesome phone!

I left and my wife left, and I had been with Sprint since '98 or '99

Posted from my T-Mobile Z10, no longer on the Sprint Meh network.

My 9930 was in Sprint as well, and I still use it sometimes for nostalgia's sake. I don't know if I could have used it until now though, the keyboard is acting up, and I fear it will stop working completely very soon.

BlackBerry Z10 | Verizon |

Sooooo late!! but doesn't surprise me... Sprint and Verizon take turns releasing BlackBerry stuff way behind. (hardware and software)

¤ pin:2ABDE35D ¤ ~ Posted via CB10.

Who wants to bet that people will have to hunt their stores to find them?
Clearly Sprint is not too keen on selling these...

I dropped Sprint after being a customer for over 13 years and I don't miss their crappy network at all. I am a big fan of Verizon's network and CrackBerry for leaks. I am always showing people my Z10 and trying to get people to at least consider the BlackBerry.

Sent from my Z10 running V

Posted via CB10

I was with Sprint about that long and I've motivated four other people into getting Zs

Posted from my T-Mobile Z10, no longer on the Sprint Meh network.

Blackberry needs to do a better job at pricing of their devices. Q10 is too expensive. I have sold More HTC One's on its launch day with Verizon than my whole store had any new BlackBerry since Z10 launch. We love the Z10 (love mine) and Q10 but they will continue to fail if they put these devices out at a high competitive price point when they are not equal to or better than the S4, One, iPhone 5, Moto X. Unfortunately people buy a device by the Name (what do friends and family have), Apps and price, all of which BlackBerry doesn't have going for it. Too expensive with contract, okay apps but limited, and a bad name for it. Most people in my area literally throw up in their mouth when they hear BlackBerry. Mind you I work in a very business oriented town, one of the fastest growing towns in the US. I appreciate BlackBerry doing contests (plan on winning upcoming one of 3k) but they need to worry about better pricing and apps. This is why Microsoft will beat BlackBerry because they have Lumia 928 free and Lumia 822 for $20 and they have more popular apps.

Sorry for rant. :)

Posted via CB10

I think everyone on Sprint who was waiting on this phone either moved to a new carrier or got an Apple or Android smartphone. Sprint was way too late.

Posted via the super amazing BlackBerry Q10

I did, Sprint's coverage is terrible in my area and they didn’t have the phone I’ve been waiting forever for, so i bailed in June. Even paid them (ETF) and have been enjoying my Q10 on 4G LTE since then. Good riddance.

Sprints whole plan was to (hopefully) force ppl to buy an iPhone since they pony'd up such a shitty deal with Apple.

Posted via CB10

Too late for Sprint. The only way to catch up with BlackBerry users will be to offer Z30. Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight :)

Blackberry had a deadline to have the first shipment of the Q10 sometime this week, otherwise there could have been major legal issues in terms of a breach of contract.

he will never have any sources. he and I have gone back and forth in the Sprint forum, and he loves blaming BBRY for any delay with Sprint getting the phone. he just can not face the fact that Sprint could be at fault in any way shape or form.

It is almost comical watching him defend a company that needs no defending from their own stupidity.

I am inclined to think that this wasn't all Sprint's fault (or BlackBerry's). It doesn't make sense for Sprint to delay the devices. The most logical explanation is that the company doing the radio chips dropped the ball. I haven't seen anything official though.

Jon, how much would your ETF be? I would seriously consider paying it for you, just so you wouldn't be in the Sprint forums anymore.

Thank you for the offer Fantom, but i think i will stay where i am. if my bitching about sprint makes you so mad maybe you should be the one to change companies. if not we will just have to learn to live with the fact that we have a difference of opinion

I did this in Los Angeles, and it was definitely the way to go.

Posted from my T-Mobile Z10, no longer on the Sprint Meh network.

oh don't get me wrong, after I get this phone and the service is still crappy, I'm gone. I'm not under any kind of ETF or contract.

Sprint is horrible, I'll call someone with sprint 5-10x and they'll say they never got 1 call. Their unlimited data plan is a joke, I'd rather have no data then run on their network. It's awfully slow. That's the only thing they have "good" to offer unlimited data but the speeds can't compete with a reputable company (Verizon and ATT) not only that but their customer support is pitiful. I had sprint back in the day, they might've been ok back in 02 pre smartphone days now I'd give them about a 1 star. Once you make the choice to switch to Verizon, you'll realize how bad sprint is!

Posted via CB10

Still here on sprint. I won't be the first in line but I will be there before noon probably. I'm the apple guy switching back to blackberry. Last time I got my 9930 from sprint the people there supported me so hopefully the same thing will happen. There network is fine in my area and I get a 24% discount from work so no point of me switching to a different network.

I already have a Z10 and just reading the announcement makes me feel like I need a Q10. Sprint should write BBRY press releases.

Posted via CB10

Finally!!! Was waiting a long time for the Q10. Only reason I'm still with sprint is because i get a nice discount, other wise i would have left a long time ago.

This is why BB10's numbers didn't spike the way people were thinking they would....soft launch, soft uptake and spike.... :-(

Posted via CB10

I tried talking a friend into going back to blackberry a month ago but he is with sprint and there was nothing available. Sprint's a joke.

Posted via CB10

Same old Sprint...always late to the's amazing that this company continues to survive.

I don't understand why Sprint took so long to make the Q10 available.. But I hope people are still interested in getting one... Unlimited Data is rare these days so take advantage while you can! I hope Sprint comes out with the Z30 as well!.. Unlimited Everything on that device would be awesome!!

I'm glad those that stayed with Sprint finally get a chance. I left after 13 years to go to Verizon to get my Q10. Faster data for sure, but I don't much care for actually having to watch how much data I use.

Posted via CB10

"but I don't much care for actually having to watch how much data I use"

And therein lies the rub. Been with Sprint since two days after 9-11 here in Manhattan, when they were the only provider that had service. Was with Verizon went their array on top on WTC 2 came down.

I'll stick around as long as they keep my 3 lines with everything unlimited at $179 a month. Verizon and ATT can't compare on pricing. Unless something has changed

And not problem with speed or coverage here in NYC.

Thankfully most of my data use is at home on Wifi, so that makes a difference. I think what finally got me was the fact that I didn't have a choice on whether or not to get the phone I wanted, it just wasn't available. I have nothing bad to say about my Sprint almost decade and a half. was really hard to live without MLB at Bat on my 9650, being a Cardinals fan in northern Illinois where Fox Sports Midwest can't seem to be made available

Posted via CB10

I like Sprint service and plans. However I am appalled at their approach to Blackberry or that Blackberry couldn't get the deal done. Either way I got bored with all the hype and the waiting. My contract actually ended this week and although I am staying, I went and got me another Torch 9850 to work with my Playbook. Figure I'm going to abandon the BB10 effort after BB abandoned us Playbook supporters. Love the products, would have been first in line at Sprint in January, now I've decided to sit on the sidelines quite content with my 9850 BB7 and Playbook and watch the world go by.

Just left Sprint for Verizon I'm going to miss the $80 unlimited everything plan but making me wait 3 months for a phone they committed to getting back in January is inexcusable.

Posted via CB10

Great that BB10 is coming to sprint! Curious to see how they will offer it, and yeah it sounds familiar that sales reps in the stores dislike blackberry. But trying to get someone to switch to a Windows phone? That just seems immoral lol rock on blackberry!!!

Posted via CB10

It looks like this device might not actually be available in stock on Friday. Might only be available to order (for "direct ship") on Friday. If that is the case, I'll have to wait a few more days for my new phone. That sucks.

I checked with 3 large Sprint stores here in NYC. The Q10 will not be carried in stores at any point. Direct shipping only. After the Wall Street Journal article about flat sales of the device, I expect the price to drop RAPIDLY. Wait a bit and get it free on contract.

Sprint date is sometimes slow, very late to get the Q10 and the phone is too pricey but the customer great plans make me stay!!! To many horror stories about Verizon and ATT