It hasn't been a secret that Sprint has been totally quiet about any plans to carry the BlackBerry Z10, and now it further confirmation points to them skipping the full-touch Z10 all together. In their original press release regarding BlackBerry 10, Sprint stated plans to carry the BlackBerry Q10 however there was no mention of the Z10 at all. We had hopes that they were just keeping it on the down-low, but it looks like the Z10 won't be landing on Sprint at all.
Mark Elliot, a Sprint spokesman, has confirmed that Sprint won't offer up the Z10 at all, instead opting to make the Q10 their first BlackBerry 10 device.
"We think our customers will be happy with the qwerty keyboard and touch screen on the Q10."
Sprint is in a tricky agreement with Apple, so they essentially lose money on any other touchscreen device they sell. It's totally dumb and also makes Sprint the only one of the major US carriers to pass on the Z10. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile have all confirmed their plans to carry the Z10.
The petition to bring the Z10 to Sprint was pretty strong, but it won't do any good as this point. Sprint users will have to wait a few more months for any BlackBerry 10 love -- and at that will only be able to go the Q10 route for now.
Also - did you notice the Z10 shots in Sprint's promo image? Maybe in the future they'll be smart enough not to include screens of a device don't plan to carry in their promos. You'll still get the BlackBerry Experience, it just won't be the full one :-)