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BlackBerry 10 launch events to be held January 30th in New York City, Toronto, London, Paris, Johannesburg and Dubai

BlackBerry Media Event
By Adam Zeis on 17 Dec 2012 09:36 am EST
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The invites are out! The BlackBerry 10 launch events will be held January 30th, 2013 in cities around the world. New York City, Toronto, London, Paris, Johannesburg and Dubai will all host a global launch event - pretty damn awesome. There aren't many details just yet, but we can expect plenty of hands-on time with one or both of the new BlackBerry 10 devices, app announcements and much more. We'll be there in full force at as many events as we can to cover everything in all out CrackBerry style. There should be plenty of good news at these events including official launch dates and plenty more. Stay tuned!! 

103 comments

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

Will be going to toronto even if I stand outside

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

Yea I hope its +1. Likely -20 though

Weeniemeenie

haha good one!

so bring your fur coat and a BB Playbook.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

My fur coat is currently being serviced. I have to have this oil stuff applied every three years. May be ready by then tho

peterallcdn

I was discussing this on twitter a few hours ago. RIM should be holding a rally type event (possibly outdoors) which all fans could attend. A huge mob of BB fans/RIM employees out for a launch event would make for some good press. Anything other than a boring typical product launch setting. Like other BB fans, I want to attend and I think RIM should leave some seats for us believers.

Weeniemeenie

BTW, have they said where in Toronto will the event take place? the Steam Whistle brewery, maybe?

Rub3n5

Steam Whistle Brewery is right downtown Toronto.

Neely2005

The Sleeman brewery is in Guelph. The Steam Whistle brewery is beside the Rogers Centre.

TimJW

Oh my! I want to go to the London one!!!

morpho4444

Mexico and LATAM market share for BB is more than 50% of the smartphones and yet RIM forgets totally about them when launching at the same time... too bad...

morpho4444

Given that Mexico and Argentina are building Blackberry phones again they seem to simply "not care"

Kat0908

Why did you reply to yourself? Lol. Also you do realize those cities are just where the launch EVENTS are being held it doesn't not mean the countries those cities are in will be the only countries BB10 is launching in

morpho4444

There is more people caring about BB10 in LATAM than the whole US population

Kat0908

Actually, most BlackBerry users in Latin America don't even know BlackBerry 10 exists. Also your statement is a bit of an exaggeration to say the least. Do you even know how many people there are in the US?

ciscobear

Really? Where are you getting this data from? We are waiting just like our North American brothers and sisters.

Kat0908

I'm getting this data from riding public transit buses in various countries throughout Latin America and talking to people who sit next to me and pull out a BlackBerry. I ask them if they're looking forward to the new BB10 devices and so far only 2 people have even heard of BB10. The majority love their BlackBerry but don't bother to keep up with the latest from RIM. There's nothing wrong with that, they love their BB because it helps them stay in touch for cheap.

So the majority don't really care to keep up with what's next when their current device is just fine. Latin America is primarily low-end BlackBerry devices anyway. I have yet to see a single person with a Bold 9900. They have all been curves or much older BlackBerry devices. Again, nothing wrong with that, but that's the market in Latin America. So why would RIM hold a launch event of 2 HIGH-END devices in an area where very few people could afford them?

juacas

+100000000 here in Colombia probably 80% of the smartphone are BB, so yeah... They simply dont care, cause nobody knows among regular users about BB10

RevyRah

I'm going to the NYC event, even if it gets me frostbite.

killa4luv

I'm going too. Why won this be open to fans of BB?

MsBrittz1016

I would do just about ANYTHING to go to the NYC Launch!!!!

07thking

+ 1! I hope I can at least stand outside and maybe get a glimpse of some BB10 goodness.

acemauro3

Do you have to be a dev to attend this? Or can anyone attend it??

Kat0908

You have to be invited. Like those of the media for example

sahil123

Will be there in Dubai!

illini2097

Do you have any info on where in Dubai it is going to be?
I would love to attend this!!

husainpatan

+100000000
where in dubai? :(

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

The london looks like darth vaders phone.

Andrew4life

How do I get an invite?!? I want to go!!

frifred

I hope that the official launch date (i.e. when we can actually get the new phone) is very soon after these events. Will be keeping my fingers crossed!

gallopiton

I read in another site that Vodafone UK will have the phones available on Jan 30th...

jic999

They should play the song from STYX " Miss Mademoiselle " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZhHXetEt7M

London or Paris

qbnkelt

Holy caaaaanooooooooliiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!

odinlhz

I'm very upset that there is no any China city.
There are a lot of super BBers waiting for BB10. Are you sure you will forget China, RIM?

Skeevecr

There are a bunch of additional issues with launching in China even if it is a large market, so it isn't a surprise that China isn't mentioned as the odds are that they won't be one of the earlier countries to get bb10.

kdna

Maybe it is a good idea for Crackberry and BB superfans to self-organize their own BB10 launch event in cities not listed?

Weeniemeenie

Bloomberg says BB10 phones will be out for sale in February. Anyone can confirm this?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-12-17/rim-s-blackberry-10-pilot-proje...

shinerb

Is it a "launch event" where you will be able to buy the phones or is it an "unveiling"? The ad uses one term and the article uses another. I think there is some confusion here.

BruvvaPete2

If you're in Canada and belong to Rogers you can pre-order right now. I'm sure the other carriers will come in line with the same offer.

Cesare21

The accurate word would be unveiling; the availability will be different though.

awesomeadil

London!!!! I will be there come hell or high water!!!!!

shinerb

Adam,

You need to use the word "unveiling" for this date just like RIM does. We are all looking forward to the actual product launch date but this isn't it.

shirkeashutosh21

We can buy the devices on 30th january or will it be just the presentation? :s

Anilu7

I understand that media etc would get invites but wouldn't RIM also open it up to fans once # of media, etc spots known? That would make it more exciting for the event as a whole. Media-only events tend to be very dry. Besides, we have been anticipating this for a long time--we want to be included in the launch!

pmich

Will there be a prize to attend the launch event with you guys? That would be awesome. I really want to attend my first launch event!

shefiu

I would have thought they would have asia on the list - like Indonesia or India. I'm still cool as long as we get the devices the same time as everyone else! Will deffo get it at launch if the world doesnt end next Friday :P

OmarVlogable

I got my invitation from BlackBerry Middle East to attend the launch in Dubai!

VintagePear

And you need a companion ? :P

illini2097

How did you manage to get that!?!?

husainpatan

just time and place buddy...
... tell the damn time and place!!

dcsappernh

I hope I get an invite so that I can go to the NYC event. Can't wait!

felixlives

But but........what about the mayans ???

BruvvaPete2

Not with your Mayan calendar calling for the end of days... Oh, the agony... the rupture! Hmm.. I'm hungry.

Skeevecr

They aren't in the first wave to get bb10, their calendar running out when it does is more like Android 4.2 instead.

ciscobear

So will the phones have similar names? BB Dubai? :D

VintagePear

Can't wait for the Dubai launch. How do I get an invite? :/

DuexNoir

Wow, so they are rolling out a simultaneous global unveiling/launch. You can bet I'll be stuck to my TV/Internet on that day...though I wish I can be there in person.

~I am BlackBerry by choice~

DanielLui1

Wow. I'd love to attend the launch event in Toronto. How do I get an invite to this event?

Double_J75

I will be @ the TO event for sure. Already told my wife I will not be home lol.

TimeLikeInfinity

True....what about the Mayans!!! My mayan calendar is just about to end of days!!!

#BB10Believe :)

Wolfers

Launch event right here in Johannesburg? This is fantastic news!

Feeling the love form RIM in South Africa =)

THBW

This is a great idea. Love how RIM is adding an international flavor to it's launch. It would have been nice to have a site in South American and Asia. Must be a logistical issue.

Folks, this is the future staring you in the face. The world is a whole lot bigger than Apple's and Google's myopic obsession with North America.

Skeevecr

The lack of an APAC location is almost certainly due to timezone issues, it would be tough enough to fit in NY/TO at the same time as Dubai, but as far as South American countries, they usually tend to be behind other regions for new releases so a launch event there would be a bit cruel.

kcmagnet

Ummm... contest idea:

Win one of six spots as a Crackberry guest correspondent at RIM's official Blackberry 10 unveiling events. You will accompany a member of the Crackberry staff to one of RIM's six unveiling events, participate in a live blog from the event, and write a guest editorial on your views from the event.

Please Crackberry, make this happen! I promise to write a good column!

Aljean Thein

Cant wait to see the N-Series !!

Edwin Mbugua

to all the Boys and Girls feeling bitter about the launch not being in their Country... feel free to shed a tear.... maybe in the next launch... they'll include your 3rd world country... as for me .... im headed for the Johannesburg launch.... and im not planning on standing outside

BruvvaPete2

Was that jab really necessary?

Two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct!

THBW

You don't need to insult people nor their country. Seems to me your just trolling.

Rootbrian

Yeah, trolls always going to try and start trouble.

Bugger off. This is no place for politicks.

416to604

i'll be attending the toronto event in spirit and streaming the NYC event

Bold 9900 - Playbook 32GB

seageath

No Jakarta or Singapore? :(

kidmac13

I'd like to comment: "what? Why not australia? RIM doesn't care."

But if its invite only, and probably for media, businesses, etc, I couldn't get in anyway.

Ill be logged in to CB.

ntang

Time for us in Asia to reevaluate continuing our support of RIM...its unbelievable that no Asian cities are represented in this launch...not even any city in Indonesia.

Johannesburg instead of an Asian city!!! What are they smoking!?

TomJasper

My understanding is that Asia gets BBM Money "first" before any other country. Hope this helps.

"Managing Director of South Asia operations, stated “Indonesia is very important for RIM… It’s a huge market for us – and it is a market that has grown significantly over the last few years… So we are offering a new innovation – BBM Money which will be launched in Indonesia – first in the world – shortly. It is a peer-to-peer transfer service that anyone with a BlackBerry phone can use to transfer funds to someone else with a BlackBerry phone.”

THBW

Dude, I think the problem has to do with time zones. Neither RIM nor GOD himself can fix this issue.

wnasah boy

hello

How can I register in BlackBerry 10 launch events ?

thanks

nabil114

What happened to the Asia?

- Rezaur Rahman

travaz

I guess us West Coast fans are SOL!

crackcookie

They are struggling in America, there should def be a launch in LA...think of all that stars that would be there, just to be somewhere before the superbowl

haricharan

what about India and Indonesia where they are doing well at the moment?

Alan973

COME ON RIM!!!Put some effort into East Asia!

JPSKILLZ

Uhhhmmm...ya'll do realize that we have a little something called, "THE INTERNET" now right? LoL I'll be at the event LIVE from the comfort of my own couch! LoL Hell, they could have a secret Launch for all I care, just as long as they let me know when & where I can go buy one.

Alan973

I know what you're saying but there are still LOTS of people who never had interest in searching gadget news online, so the old school ways like newspaper&TV ads or a lunch event(most likely to be reported on the TV news)will still be effective

BBNation

This also means that they will report better on Thursday, this show RIM has enough cash to brun to have party in more than 5 cities..

rusco

Why only launch di Dubai for Asian regions? Did RIM forgot what happened to India/Indonesia during the launch of few BB7 devices? Only India/Indonesia has stronger market share for BB devices. BB10 needs to be launched early in both countries too...

ReccaKun

WHAT!!! no Vancouver BC?!?!?!?1?

matthewmadness

I hope they unveil a slider version too.
Looking at the current 2 leaked versions of the bb10 models.

Can't wait to get my hands on 'em!!

lotuslanderz

The launch in Asia has already been done -- in Vietnam. Havent you seen the high res photos of the device? :-)

Yemson

Thanks Blackberry for completely ignoring South America.

zensen

I understand South Africa but RIM has some massive support in places like Indonesia and the Philippines. They always harp on about it, they even have stores in indonesia. A bit of a slap in the face for users there. Then you have south america and australia out of the mix too.

So when RIM gets back on their feet, especially in the US, you still going to ignore the markets that kept you afloat?

what about some smaller local events in some countries?

ntang

yup...they are ignoring Asia at their own peril. Ingrates! I don't buy the timezone argument. Well, 9am in NYC would be 730PM in India and 9PM in Jakarta. They could have done a cocktail event and invite the regional stars/press etc...

surfindunkey

Hi Kev...any clue on how to get an Invitw to the launch in dubai...would really love to attend...have like a fan following..kinda just family n friends who've been converted and willing to give up their droids n apples...just to get the new bb10...would so love to be thr when it launches...ps great work on the site...n keepin us crackberry addicts strong n moving forward with hope..ur motivation n courage is strength for the masses!!..=)

Rootbrian

Gonna be a blast in toronto and crackberry NEEDS to be there!

coolaide

Hope CMO thought about some supperbowl commercials here in the U.S. We love our football here and if its on the superbowl millions will see at the same time.

BBVegasGirl80

Are these the only confirmed dates? I'd like to think they will add more. So for those who don't have a launch in their city, hey, you never know! :-)

Mikethaler

Of course by the time events take place in the U.S. and Canada, it will be "old" news from Africa and London.