T-Mobile confirms March 26 as BlackBerry Z10 launch date

The date is officially official, even if the officials thought it was official before, but it really wasn't. My head hurts. 

The T-Mobile BlackBerry Z10
By Simon Sage on 20 Mar 2013 04:13 pm
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While we've known it was coming but just couldn't pin down a date, T-Mobile has confirmed via Twitter that the BlackBerry Z10 will be landing on March 26.

Though the tweeter in question says that the date has already been announced, by our count the date has, at best, been leaked

There's a good chance that the BlackBerry Z10 will be one of the first LTE-enabled phones on T-Mobile's network, since they said they'll be flipping the switch before the end of the month.

Whatever happens, you can mark your calendar with confidence now. Any T-Mobile customers ready to get on the BlackBerry 10 train? How about those of you with the other guys? Are T-Mobile attractive plan options pulling you in at all, or do you need more confidence in network coverage? 

Dive into our U.S. BlackBerry Z10 buyers guide!

109 comments

mansurbakare

FINALLY :) cant wait for Tuesday

jkuyp

So...unless Verizon ships early.... their last. SMH.

walt63

I know. Thought the same thing. At this point...it doesn't even matter.

itiswhatitisnt

So Verizon goes first to announce there release but were last against there rivals to release the BB Z10.

SMH!

AT&t March 22nd
T-Mobile March 26th
Verizon.....28th. Horrible Verizon just horrible! smh

BB10fanatic

Looks like they will also be going 4G LTE on that date as well.

Xopher

I added my Z10 LE to T-Mobile no problems. Nice to be able to be on 4G (HSPA+) with them, after having just 3G on my 9700!

dablessing

Boom! Played with an AT&T one at Best Buy today. I'll be getting a T-Mobile variant on Tuesday. The girl at Best Buy though was very pleased with it which was such a great sign to see. No more disgusting looks from them when you say you want a Blackberry?? Maybe I'm wishfully thinking, but I don't care. I want my Z10!

Abrante

When I read "The girl at Best Buy though" I was expected for you to say "wasn't very pleased with it". lol, I am happy that the signs of the Z10 here in USA have been positive thus far.

dablessing

I have friend who is an AT&T rep and he texted me a picture of him with his demo Z10 last night. He left iPhone for an HTC One X+. He told me the Z10 is amazing.

I think if people actually get over the "Blackberry Stigma" and try it out, they'll realize that its really a formidable device and has a shot at getting back in the game eventually.

JPSKILLZ

That's the key! We have the product! But we have too many people stuck with the old perception of Blackberry. Hating on Blackberry has become "Cool." So it'll take awhile to break that Pop Culture chain. We just gotta' be patient and continue to educate. No different from Racism. LoL

Abrante

+1,

I also believe that if one of the multi-platform video chat apps is released soon it will help with the "Blackberry Stigma" that you mentioned. Video chat is nothing new, video chatting with a person on a non-BB device is a big deal. I tried reelportal once, I told my cousin that uses iOS to download it and she said "wtf is that"? So that avenue doesn't work too well. We need Skype or OoVoO and we'll be on an even playing field.

SF71

I thought OovoO was already confirmed. No? Yes?

beastberry_10

ooVoo is confirmed. I am unsure if it is live yet but it was announced Jan. 28th.

Abrante

Yup, Skype and OoVoO are committed/confirmed. Not live, yet.

Ojhoana

I did too! And I got the same reaction from the Best Buy CS team.

BBVegasGirl80

Finally! I am so excited! Wonderful news! :-)

Morgase

About time! Just took the day off to bond with the bb. Already have my flip case and extra battery charged.

gfondeur

I already have my 2 Incipio Cases, of course, my other half is coming to BB, ;-)

Kamika007z

"my head hurts" lmao... awesome reporting :)

iririr

Hope they release an Os update before hand and give us more bb10 goodness

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RoboticGolem

I've been waiting since Oct! I love t-mo's network.

SK122387

Finally! Why hasn't @Tmobile announced it? That's their primary account..

jarrodmeyer

s/know/known/

First line. ;)

AfroZepher

The price leaked still bothers me. . .$249. . .it's the over priced Bold 9900 all over again. . .

mkbbryfan

AfroZepher - who told you It's $249? On best buy it shows it as $199

cjterminator

That is price for business customers, even AT&T and Verizon have similar prices. But all the carriers have instant discounts to bring down the price to $199.

themyk

And this is no 9900, that's for sure!

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mckillio

And what about pre-orders?

mckillio

Thanks and thank you Google Translate. I was wondering and hoping that another update would come out before or soon after the US release, to make the impact that much better.

SMCNI1968

Any chance of one of you kind souls posting a translation of the German text?

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Earl_3

Not trying to be rude but copy and paste to Google translate. German to English.

Banner83

battery improvements, common improvements and support for third party apps improvements...

SMCNI1968

Thanks!

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Avery8900

I stopped by my store today to get a new sim for my girlfriend. The sales people were amazed and asked to mess around with it. I was surprised to see bb10 accessories and demo units, considering the lack of news about a release date. This was before I read this article and didn't ask about the release date assuming it was still the 27th

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IAmAmirHasan

Hey! That's me up there! Cool! I broke a BlackBerry article.

JTWJ

About time....For a minute, I thought they were trying to send me to Verizon.

eontowler

Well I'm with sprint and I don't need to tell you that I will be leaving. But the plans are very much attractive at tmobile

Jay47

I was thinking the same also, that's why next week t-mobile will be my new carrier.

FOIA Gras

I am also with Sprint since the launch of 9930 after years with T-Mo. Both networks are somewhat spotty in my area but T-Mo customer service was far better than what I have seen with Sprint. My wife wants to go back to T-Mo and if we do we will both get Z10s. She currently has a Samsung Galaxy Epic because she wanted a physical keyboard and a large screen. I will try to convert her as we both learn to go without keyboards plus if she wants me to be her resident tech support then she can be on the same platform that I am learning to service for myself. We still have 8 months on our contract with two other phone lines.

Are you leaving Sprint only for Z10 or because you're dissatisfied with Sprint?

AlwaysSmile

I got now a unlocked Z10 and using T-Mobile service which is pretty good but could be much better, question is when will they release the update to the Z10? Anybody knows?

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timandmissy

Finally!!! Was starting to get worried...

SMCNI1968

Hard to do on a phone

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mandony

As of today, March 20th pm, TM is not yet offering the BB Z10 as an upgrade.
The 'all' phone page says: "Coming Soon!" with no pricing or date of availability

Jay47

that might change either by tonight or midnight.

vespajet

If the rumors of T-Mobile USA going to no-contract plans are true, they may see a lot of new customers just in time for the Z10 and the LTE activation.

katiepea

t-mobile has had good no contract plans for years now.

vespajet

The rumor is that T-Mobile will be moving to a no contract model as opposed to offering contract and no contract plans.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57572226-94/rumor-t-mobile-to-move-to-n...

rainaroo

That's no rumour. That's entirely true. I'm a T-Mobile rep and we already had our training for the new plan.

fourtews

I just chatted with T-Mobile. The Z10 isn't listed as a phone I can upgrade to even though I'm eligible. We have 2 phones on our contract with over 300 days left on them. The rep told me there would be a $200 per line migration fee to move to a Value Unlimited Plan for those 2 phones. She couldn't give me discounted pricing on just purchasing the phone. She said to check back on Tuesday to see if it's on the upgrade eligible list.

Ojhoana

What am I to do!!! Sprint makes me mad....

Abrante

Switch on over to T-Mobile :) we will accept you with open arms.

Fnen90

Are the demo phones already there??

Abrante

I don't work for T-Mo. My post above does make it seem that way. I apologize!

Jay47

they make me mad everyday since finding out they wont carry Z10, but not made anymore leaving them.

AdrianGabeChen

t-mobile is going to release it on march 26 and mobilcity still has not released it why. i want my z10

Abrante

Switch on over to T-Mobile :) we will accept you with open arms too. I am quite sure AT&T and Verizon will too

raino

That would be one hefty roaming bill, because Mobilicity is a Canadian carrier :) It's AWS though, so the TMO Z10 should work on their network (once unlocked.)

Abrante

lol, bad suggestion on my part.

dperry360

FINALLY..But is this the date you can walk into a T-mobile store and purchase the phone or a pre-order launch date?

rifka_f

Good question - yesterday the TMo clerks hadn't a clue - talking March 27 for something...

seemsixty7

I spoke to a rep online today and asked that very question. The answer was a big YES! I will so be in the store next Tuesday morning buying two of these wonderful phones! I can't wait!

itwascasper

I called a store and spoke with a rep who told me they would be available next week.

talkpreacha

I called T-mobile stores in the area and 611 and no one has a set date. Most of the stores stated mid-April. They have the launch all G-14 classified (Rush Hour joke)..

Abrante

I wonder which one is it myself. Release date, or Pre-Order date?

themyk

I'm so happy for our American friends finally! If I must say though, the black box with the blue 'Z10' on the front that we got in Canada(UK as well?) is a wee bit sexier. But all's good, less than a week!!

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moshpitpal

I just called a tmo rep and they said I would be able to walk into my local store and buy one on the 26th. Sooooo excited. I can't wait. I already have my screen protectors and my case is almost here too.

seemsixty7

I talked to rep online today and she told me the 26th the Z10 will be available for purchase. My next question was will I be able to walk into any T-Mobiel store and buy one on the March 26th? Her answer was yes! I was so excited I typed in WoooHooo!!!! She said that made her laugh. I then asked about Pre-Orders. She said no pre-orders at this point, but I could ask the local stores if they would reserve or take pre-orders. I did stop by a T-mobile store this evening and they were not aware of the 26th date and had no clue about pre-orders. I was bummed they had no information on the Z10 out for display or any accessories out for it yet.

Puz_zled

Fjki

From my sweet BB10 Neutrino powered Z10 :D

deadzone8

Finally I saved my upgrade since last summer! I will say I hate how US carriers ruin the boxes, when we saw the launch devices I thought the Z10 box looked awesome, but seeing that box from t mobile it really kills the wow factor of the device in marketing prospective...

mandony

Not even available for consumer release, this guy is spreading opinion with un- necessary gloom and doom for the TM release
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/03/t-mobile-confirms-blackberry-z10-launch...

Montaz

Yea, I have been waiting for T-Mobile to announce the Z10. I saw only the black Z10 on their website. I am waiting for the white Z10. Does anyone know if T-Mobile will be carrying the white Z10 as well?

dresz

The white one is a VZW exclusive in the US.

proudtobe_bb

Packaging looks good! And I am in in London.

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Hsuny12

Glad to hear that my fellow Americans finally get to experience the power of the Z10. My wife finally got the white one from Virgin yesterday. I swore I would wait for the Q10 but after trying the full touch I am sold. She wanted Q10 as well so I told her if she didn't like the Z, I would take it........not happening. She loves it!

jcraig

I wanted to hear it for myself, I called in and spoke with a customer service rep who put me on hold to speak with his manager. They confirmed March 26th! I could not be happier!

G-bone

Very happy for the Americans of CrackBerry Nation!!
At last...your time has come. :)

#BB10Believe

havok2525

This made my day. 6 days and counting until we can FINALLY get our hands on this long awaited device.
Yay!

landorghini

hell yea!!!! im buying me and my wife one on the first day

mudy

I bought my Z10 online( couldn't wait) and using Tmobile on it, without 4g the browser is fast! Am impressed! This phone is truly amazing!

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Plazmic Flame

BlackBerry and the Z10 are going to do very well in the USA

MrVeda

Will TMobile offer any kind of UMA or WiFi Calling on their Z10s?

Kayden2013

Finally

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myronwallace

I already have mine and so do my employees. We love it!!

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mike22

Had z10 white since 13th with Tmo and the Phone is AWESOME! It's not like any BlackBerry of the past,

mike22

No wife calling and Launch but everything else work, wife calling will be released at later date with os update

bunky1971

HAAA!!! T-mobile would sell a BILLION of these with NO WIFE calling - NEW FEATURE!!!!! [=

mike22

No wifi calling spell check is quick

mike22

Hope every person gets Z10!

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bonercotton

I'll be there Tuesday!!! Finally, I can upgrade from my 9700!

kasedillz

Question: if I buy a Z10 from T-mobile with plan but without contract (pay full price) Can I demand to have my phone unlocked before it gets activated? Looking forward for Tuesday!

Shermaine Prince

men!! i couldn't have waited a next week i switched carriers

bodden96

Why wait so long to announce? I'm ready.

EsJayDee

Better packaging than AT&T, but still not as good as the black box.

rainaroo

Just got my training for the device today :3

sadosdesigns

i already bought 3 cases including transform and poetic, 1 battery, 3 skins including the skinomi fiber skin, a dock charger that supports also the backup battery charge off amazon and waiting till the OEM dock becomes available.

Louis Belshaw

Banner than link is in German.

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omega supreme

If you want to have some fun, walk into a t-mobile store tomorrow and ask them when does it go on sale and i'll bet you they'll say they have no idea....

The wait will be a little longer for me since i've been a customer for over 13yrs i have to deal with t-mobile directly in order to get a special deal...they did give me my bold 9700 for free last time, i doubt they'll be so generous this time but i wouldn't mind a $20 discount either...we'll see.

A_Almuaini

Why did blackberry company didn't release it from the beginning and not in the middle east it's cheat!!

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DarwinMejia

Anyone have information on the pricing for the lte plans from t-mobile???

kasedillz

I wouldn't be surprised if it gets included with the current data plan at least for now, not too manny folks would want to pay a significant amount of dough for a half-baked LTE network that will be VERY new and limited.

mrabitti

Problem is the absence of good international data plans since there is no blackberry contract anymore allowing you to get emails abroad

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TheQuietRioter

What the hec do you all mean TMO is not offering the Z10 as an upgrade for existing customers????? SMH!!! I've been sitting on my upgrade for 6+ months awaiting the new BB. I really want it. Please explain before I drown my sorrows in a bottle of Jim Beam.