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Verizon Wireless prepping for the BlackBerry Z10 in black and white

By Adam Zeis on 18 Jan 2013 09:27 am EST
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Verizon BlackBerry 10

While we've heard plenty from Canadian carriers that are getting set for the BlackBerry Z10, we have yet to see too much from carriers in the US. That all changed today as @evleaks posted up the above screen showing off the BlackBerry Z10 on Verizon's site. It doesn't look like a page is live just yet (we'll update if we track it down) but it appears to be a typical landing page where you can register for updates on the BlackBerry 10 devices through Verizon.

What's cool is that the image shows off not only the BlackBerry Z10 in black -- but also in white. We've suspected all along that the initial launch would include both variations of the Z10, so assuming this holds true it will be pretty awesome. We'll most likely see other carriers like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile drop similar pages soon so be on the lookout for those as well.

Source: @evleaks 

85 comments

Abrante

Hopefully T-Mo gets it in white too.

mandony

"Hopefully T-Mo gets it" in ANY color :)

Abrante

That's true. Now I am kinda sad. lol just kidding.

imcurved

Hopefully T-Mo gets it in ANY color in the first or second week of February.

TMO_9000_32GB_PB

Mr.Black.Berry

All the us carriers have already confirmed they're gona carry BB10. Its just a matter of WHEN will T-Mo get it. Hopefully not march like early speculations have eluded to.

BBVegasGirl80

Same here! I can wait two more months, but hopefully not much longer than that!

SlcCorrado

Come on AT&T! Let's get some positive news :D

NamelessStar

looking super slick the white has actually got me wondering for the first time i might get white insted of just the usual Black style

Adam Zeis

Same for me. I'm thinking white may be the way to go on this one. 

BionicKris

I don't usually go for white phones but I liked the look from the previously released pics. The contrast of the black glass borders on both sides of the screen to the white bezels top and bottom was pretty nice. IMO it looks better than a white border all around. I can't wait to see one in person. 8-)

thezman

I've never been big into the whole "white phone scene" but I have to admit, it looks sharp in white.

harshalbid271

I think that the verizon branding on the front is pushing it a little..

neteng1000

Nothing a little rubbing compound and a buffing cloth can't take care of!

sk8er_tor

I guess Verizon is afraid people will just replace the battery door cover so they also put it on the front. But I totally agree with you.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

Then they should just put it on the front. Verizon is really pushing us with this

mrrobinson

The white version looks quite nice. Upgrade available and radar is on!

cbdwolff7

AWESOME!! BBZ10 WHITE!! OR BLACK!! I NEED HELP!! LOL!

sk8er_tor

Where can we see a bigger photo?

walt63

Some of the most exciting news I've heard this week...well, at least for me.

LeunammiGM

All my blackberrys has always been black Except for my Red pearl, and Gold curve, I think this time I my go white Z10 its really growing on me!

Toodeurep

One of the top brass at RIM acknowledged that there would be two devices to choose from in the initial launch. Maybe he meant white -vs- black.

travaz

I think the white one looks very nice. I think its the Crackberry Kevin effect!

grreyes24

I like the look of the front in white, black on back... I'll probably get white and then replace the battery door in blake... have a two-tone going on.

Thachoc1

That's not a bad idea at all. Kevin, can we get a like button for comments too? Reyes you'd definitely get my vote. LOL!

BionicKris

@grreyes24- Hmmm. That's a thought. A 2-tone Z10. The BB logo on the black battery cover does stand out more. Good idea. Something to think about and an easy option to change things up.

@Thachoc1- A "like" button would be a great add to the site. 2 Thumbs up ;-)

LoganSix

If they can make a black one and a white one, why not a red, blue or orange one?

Abrante

My guess is that non-traditional colors wouldn't sell well when the price of the phone is too high. I am sure the "curve" replacements of BB10 will get more consideration for color variations.

Skeevecr

The other point is that once they establish a market for bb10 devices they could even add further colours later to this model, perhaps at the same time as the first cheaper model, this one gets a new colour or two in order to take advantage of the extra attention of another launch.

LoganSix

Why not all variations, not just the lower end models?

Anyway, guess that's what covers are for.

randall2580

The colors usually come in the 2nd wave, look at the GSIII for a recent example.

I still can't get out of my head that TH said one was coming in a color never before seen on a BlackBerry.

DJM626

Just curious to why it's such a big deal about carrier branding! It's something that is always going to be there, called advertising.

BBThemes

seems its a carrier dependant thing. havent seen any carrier branded BB`s in the UK for a while, none of my BB7 devices are either.

sreidenb

I wish you could see the front of the white Z10 to tell if it has a black bezel around the screen or not. I like the renders that haven't had the extra black personally. But I am still getting the white one regardless.

red72

I hope they are setting it up now. Been eligible since Nov. All of the sudden I cant get an upgrade status or upgrade my device. Interesting!!!!

Damn no luck finally got to the page and the same BB's are available. Oh well just keep waiting.

k-fos

black. white is sweet, but i'm a purist.. lol.

Carrier branding sucks. For me it really weakens the industrial design. It's the same with cars - When buying a new/used car I demand that there's no dealer badges put on the vehicle. I even take off the branded license plate frame the second I can get my hands on a screwdriver.

I'm with virgin in Canada and they haven't branded either of the 2 BB's I've purchased from them. one of the MANY reasons virgin is better than most carriers in Canada.

Omnitech

We could do away with carrier branding if the carrier didn't basically own the phone for the first 2 years. It's the tradeoff you make for paying $200 for it, instead of $600 or $800 - carrier subsidy.

Same reason you buy a new car with a bank loan and you don't hold the title until you pay the car off, and the bank forces you to get full insurance coverage until they no longer have any financial exposure if you crash it.

curver2

True, but the bank doesn't paint its name across the side of your car.

Azeron

Hmmmmm... I can see that. I wonder if one buys it directly from the manufacturer at full retail would they deliver it unlocked and unbranded.

Thachoc1

I just cant help but feel like that white is gonna get dirty. :-( But I like it so much!!! Ohhh decisions, decisions!!!! RIM is not making this easy by any means.

ilikebacon

Hell yeah!!! I'm pretty sure I'm gonna join the sexy Crackberry Kevin Club with a white Z10!!
:D

mozartpc27

White for electronics is an Apple color. Booooo to white.

RubberChicken76

Pretty sure Apple was neither the first, nor the only electronics manufacturer to have white.

ab345

I wish that Verizon showed a more interesting screen shot of the BB10, as opposed to just the app grid. Something a little more imaginative like the shots we have seen with the peek gesture showing the notifications on the left or something. Nevertheless, good to see anyway.

raxamillion

Still nothing from UK carriers...hurry up!! My upgrade has been due since november!

blicked

I just want to buy it unlocked! Having an Android and going month to month has really spoiled me – traveling internationally is so easy when you can just buy a local SIM and use that for a week or two.

Did it in London and Bangkok recently, and it was ridiculously nice to not worry about how much data I was using abroad.

Balti43

HAHAHA! and yesterday i was at a local mall and since im switching to Verizon from T-mobile i was asking how my credit needs to be to avoid a downpayment on a plan since I barely started building my credit in 2011 i was wondering. the guy told me "Well if you decide to sign up for a plan right now we have excellent deals to give you the best price" and i said "Well i would love to right now but you guys don't have the phone i want" then he asked me which phone and i told him the BB Z10 and he chuckled and said that Verizon wouldn't have that in stores whenever it launched that i would have to special order it then he went on to tell me how he didn't think it was going to do well because it looked like a knock off of Android and that he expects it to fail like BB has done so repeatedly according to him. I just want to go back today and show him this post! But I'll just pass by in a month and ask how his sales are doing ;)

lynxs_claw

I guess they'll tell you anything to make an immediate sale!

BBVegasGirl80

Ugh. So sick of carriers bashing BB! I had a similar experience to yours at T-Mobile. When Z10 comes out all the haters will take notice! :-)

Superbran17

The staff at my Telus store seemed very excited for BB Z10. Said they should have it within the first week of Feb.

H_O_Boomaye

He is the worst salesman ever. He didnt give you any valid reason not to get the phone. "It looks like a knockoff android?" It's really fun to hate on BB now a days... It's even more fun to be the underdog.

Blacker the Berry... Sweeter the Use... by Crackberry member a while back.

koool1

Can't wait - so pumped!!

Sparro

Why RIM allows them to brand the phone on the front and make it look ugly is beyond me. Take a page out of Apple's PlayBook when it comes to carrier phone branding!!!

kbeard26

did you notice the verizon logo on the back of the white one also? i know in older pics the verizon logo was branded on the front. please dont tell me the logo is on the front and back of this phone!

Rootbrian

RIM has ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL over where the carrier's choose to put their branding. Also, APPLE DIDN'T MAKE THE PLAYBOOK, it's their iPad. Dammit, don't blame RIM for something THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER!!

opa-opa

You know, I tried...I really tried to like the look of the Z10...but I just couldn't. I just can't get over the big weird looking bezel on the top taking so much space, makes it look like a tombstone or something.

I'm still a big fan of the BB10, but not of the Z10. I guess I'll be waiting for the next model, hopefully there will be one...

Rootbrian

Since it IS JUST A RENDERING. It is NOT the final product! That is a DEV ALPHA.

hennesseystealth

The question will be will Verizon allow the grandfathered unlimited plans to stay in place? They said that they would if you paid the full price or brought over your own phone (i.e., no subsidy). However, my son-in-law picked up an iPhone for cheap and tried to switch out his Android phone and Verizon told him the text messaging on an iPhone was different so he would lose his unlimited plan. We all know that is BS but will they pull that garbage with BB10? If so, it is off to Solavie.

00stryder

I think Bla1ze or Adam wrote a post a few weeks/months ago about grandfathered plans on Verizon. If I remember correctly, if you're going 4G (which you'll have to do with any of the BB10 devices coming at launch) then you will have to sign up for a new limited data plan that starts at 2 gigs/month. Sucks, I know, but hopefully data still goes through the NOC and we can get some compression (with two BlackBerry smartphones on my current unlimited plan I accumulate no more than 500-750 mbs/month and that's with bridging to my PlayBook).

mrskycar

Don't forget the $30 per line upgrade fee. That means you lose the unlimited data plan as you roll to 4G phones, you pay the $30 fee, and you get locked into the newer contract for two-years. OR you shell out retail.

mrskycar

That means you lose the unlimited data plan as you roll to 4G phones, you pay the $30 fee, and you get locked into the newer contract for two-years. OR you shell out retail.

Rootbrian

Forth-generation CDMA phones. ;)
Fawx 4G on a CDMA network that masks the "EVDO Rev. A/1xEV" header you can't see until it drops to it. Don't be fooled.

Rootbrian

I think you meant fawx 4G, it's still, in reality, CDMA EvDO rev. A.

00stryder

Lol yeah yeah I know, but for simplicity sake we'll just go with what Verizon uses in the branding. All this "new shared plan" stuff is confusing enough!

mrskycar

Don't forget the $30 per line upgrade fee. That means you lose the unlimited data plan as you roll to 4G phones, you pay the $30 fee, and you get locked into the newer contract for two-years. OR you shell out retail.

randall2580

My understanding (I don't have Verizon but it's very popular here a lot of my friends have it, slightly better coverage than AT&T), is that if you pay full price you can keep your unlimited data, but if you take a subsidized phone you must move off of the unlimited into any other plan, seems like they want everyone on shared data plans.

That's the way it's been 'till now and I wouldn't expect it to change for BB10.

vicentechable

Am I the only one NOT knowing how much these devices are gonna be??.. I see carriers confirming support for BB10 and taking pre-orders but at what cost?! Damn it!

jrohland

I was all over the Verizon page yesterday looking for pre-order. Nothing. Watching Amazon also. Might get one of my Canadian BBM chicks to pre-order me a white one as I'm buying off contract anyway.

vicentechable

I'm thinking we're ALL waiting on off-contract purchases.. Does RIM really think people are gonna drop their actual phone, pay the upgrade fee and return/know BB??

mrskycar

Agreed. I too am waiting for unlocked.

randall2580

The guy on Twitter who's been "leaking" little tidbits said the USA carriers will have pre-order right after the launch is finished. The tradition in the US is that pre-order is not reservation as they are doing in Canada, you have to commit to buy the phone at the price advertised.

kevdasev

I will be purchasing this off contract. Bc I don't have an upgrade available. Hope it is not too expensive. I wonder what the white z10will look like on front. Especially with the bezels. Will the bezel still be black or white?

TommyBB

My wish has been answered! Black for me, white for my wife! I wonder how much her iPhone 4 will get on Craigslist???

Thank you VZW!!!

hudsong

Looks like the godawful front branding is here to stay..

mrskycar

I wonder if the statement would still hold if the BB logo was 1/4 3/4 and Verizon was right were it is shown. The empty space may have worked out. Don't like it as is either.

Rootbrian

You can always remove it.

Rootbrian

People don't realize by buying their phones outright, that they cannot unlock it for any other GSM carrier. It's CDMA, you CANNOT UNLOCK those phones!!

amrovi2014

I hope to see Sprint on board with BB10 because if not all family phones, including the extended family phones will be changed to another carrier. Bb10 rocks!!!!!!!