Verizon BlackBerry Z10 unboxing!

By Kevin Michaluk on 28 Mar 2013 06:37 pm
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I like to finish what I start, so we're rounding out our trifecta of unboxing videos with the last of the major US carriers to launch the BlackBerry Z10, Verizon. We started by unboxing the AT&T Z10. Then we unboxed the T-Mobile Z10. Sprint is being lame and not offering the Z10 (though they will be carrying the Q10 and there are rumors of another touch BB going to them), so you won't see us unboxing a Sprint Z10 anytime soon. 

Verizon may be last, but they are certainly not least. Every person I know on Verizon is almost fanatical about how much they love Verizon's coverage and service, and Verizon has the US exclusive on the BlackBerry Z10 in white. The Z10 in white is HOT, and that's the color we picked up. The Z10 is a flagship phone, and is available for $199 on a 2 year contract, or you can buy it outright for $599. 

Verizon's Z10 box is pretty basic. All black, with a Verizon logo on the top and a BlackBerry logo on the bottom. Pulling the Z10's box out of its sleeve, we immediately noticed the label stating that our Z10 was manufactured in Canada. To date, I think every Z10 I have handled has been made in Mexico, but it's looking like the Verizon line is coming directly out of Waterloo. 

Inside the box things are pretty basic and minimal. The phone, battery and charg / sync cable and power adapter are there, and that's it. Also interesting to note is that the white model still came with a black cable and power adapter (in Canada the white models shipped with a white cable and power adapter). There's no case. There's no headset. No need to worry though, as ShopCrackBerry.com has your back.. err phone.. covered. You can pick up cases, batteries, headsets and other BlackBerry Z10 accessories directly from the #1 online BlackBerry accessory store.

Verizon's carrier branding on the Z10 is more pronounced than we have seen from any other carrier to date. Beyond the Verizon and 4G LTE logo on the back of the phone, the Verizon logo is also on the top front left corner of the phone. It's a little more branding than I'd ideally like to see, but I'm over complaining about it. I was really happy with the BlackBerry Z10 signage we saw in the Verizon store we visited today, so if the trade-off is a little more Verizon branding on the device, I'll take it.

Hit up the video above for our ritual unboxing. And if you want to see more of the Z10 in action, be sure to visit our BlackBerry 10 in 10 minutes video.

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76 comments

texn884

The branding is not that bad. Someone will let us know how to remove it with out harming the phone I am sure.

route664

First post from my Verizon z10. It's scary how the keyboard just knows what you want to type

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Driftdreams

I gotta say... I was a little worried coming from a 9900 but the Z10 keyboard is AMAZING!

Nate650

Thanks for the encouragement.

taylorblackberry

SO what's next after this Kevin.???

Kevin Michaluk

Now that we've unboxed all the US carriers, I'm thinking it's time we work on a new review of the BlackBerry Z10! Looking back at our first Z10 review, a lot has changed. 

3_M4N

Sweet! We'll be looking forward to it!

Rootbrian

Looking forward to it!

Maal628

The Verizon brand on the front doesn't bother me at all.

CB10 on Verizon Z10

TX Jedi

outdated OS!! It's stuck on Software Release 10.0.9.422 and OS Version 10.0.9.2743.

ptctomlinson

I believe he means that the OS that ships with the Verizon Z10 has the original BB10 OS, and has not been updated with the new packages. The latest BB10 update includes many slight changes that increase battery life, among fixing other things as well.

Rootbrian

Connect it to blackberry link or use crackberry's how to on updating it to the latest.

Camelhmpz

That doesn't work. Our Canadian made models are special (caresses screen and looks over shoulder) and this doesn't work with the CDMA phone, STL100-4.

ShawonBold9900

Hey Kev,
When the Q10 launches (in April/May) are you going back to Canada for the launch? If so, will you come back to the New York again when the Q10 is launched here? (I hope you do)

camera531

It should be LA for the US Q10 launch!

rthonpm

If there's anywhere to be for the Q10 launch in the US it would be the heart of BlackBerry country: Washington DC!

Polina Armen

Kevin why is there no headset? I had a white and a black Z10 in UK, both with headset

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ptctomlinson

The American carriers rarely have accessories come with the phones, especially with brand new phones. My 9900 only came with the holster and a charger, and all of my family members smartphones came with a charger and nothing else.

Nate650

Yea I really like when the official leather holster is included since you don't have to worry about damaging your phone while you wait for your holster to arrive. And of course also the holster is like $30-40 so it's a nice piece to include.

Camelhmpz

Any word about when the latest OS will be released, and why apps side-loaded are being reported to NOT work unless on wifi??

Rootbrian

Connect it to your computer, use blackberry link to check for updates, use the google chrome plugin.

Camelhmpz

That doesn't work. Our Canadian made models are special (caresses screen and looks over shoulder) and this doesn't work with the CDMA phone, STL100-4.

jrlong

Do you carry all these phones, Kevin?
"looking like the Verizon line is coming directly out of Waterloo" -- that seems crazy. They must have taken a manufacturing cost hit if they really built them on this side of the border. I wonder if it was due to demand or the special branding?

kendes64

Waited outside a Rogers store in Ottawa on release day, and I was first in line. You will love it!!!

Kendes64

camera531

Just FYI, Verizon is NOTORIOUS for delaying updates and not allowing certain apps to work (there will be some issues with sideloading)

pili4

A q-tip and 100% acetone nail polish remover will likely do the trick to remove the branding on the front (plan to do it to my phone when it arrives Monday).

walabe16

Cannot believe they released this with an outdaed OS. No Whatsapp until they issue the update. Errrrrrr!

dbow27

Is there any way to get whatsapp on the phone as a work around until we get the most recent OS?

steve1436

Really wish they would have given white charging cable and charger for the white model.

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Kevin Michaluk

Good call. I forgot to mention that in the post. Going to add that in.

DeenaFreed

Steve, me too!!! Since I have the white z10 and I saw in one of CrackBerry's videos the white charging cables, they looked so sleek! :(

nick canada

Just wondering if anyone else is being blocked from downloading stereo tube?

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MatthewMk2

Is there any specific reason you guys do an unboxing video for every carrier?

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Kayden2013

Why is there no headsets for their phone and why is the charger black my white phone comes with everything white

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PagerRocka

This video felt very emo...

brooklynman2020

Well wait for next version if your not happy with it.

Trick_Deck

Happy for my Verizon buddies...still prefer my low key branded AT&T one though...either way we're up and running usa!

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SD619

Guess I'm going to pay full price to keep my unlimited plan...

independentvolume

I wouldn't pay a dime for a phone without the current firmware out of the box.

festival1100

Unboxed and setup mine today. Awesome so far. Did have a little problem with my Comcast email setup, but solved and working great. Will keep you guys updated!

J2d2

Love my Verizon. z10.

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BB_Bmore

Nova 3 - asphalt 7 and let's golf 3 now available for the playbook WOOOOOOOOO finally a little love.

ACarter100

It also needs to mention the software that Verizon chooses us to load with. Hopefully they give us the updated software over the holiday weekend. I will be even more impressed with my Z10 if they do so. C'mon big red. Don't let AT&T and T-Mobile beat you.

Emu the Foo

That's one nice ass suit kevin!

gleepy

I wouldn't have a choice if I got a Z10 but to pay full price. My Other Half has nursed an old Storm2 along for some time, and finally we got the white Z10 going for her. I had to reset my router so the Z10 would connect to my home Wi-Fi. It took a while to find the Visual Voice Mail, and then there was my boneheadedness of not installing the SIM card properly. Fortunately, the documentation said to "check the SIM card" if there was an activation problem.

mgdotnet

I am really digging the back drop. Keeping it classy. Well done.

mavricxx

So disappointing that BlackBerry doesn't include the famous holster case with their phones anymore! I wish they would of included better headphones than Samsung and Apple to show them off.

Rootbrian

BlackBerry can't tell carriers what to include in the box. So it's t-mobile, AT&T and Verizon to blame for NOT including them.

alfasedanman

I was the first in the Springfield VA (Washington DC suburb)Verizon store at 10am today buying my white z(ed) 10. Oh happy day!!! The Verizon rep who sold it to me was pleasant knowledgeable (she knew All about the phone and showed me the features too -excellent sales lady!!!!)about the product and she was cute to boot...she was a cutie! I was an easy sell...but she clearly did her homework on the phone.
Folks, the zed 10 looks awesome in white. This phone is easy to learn and it's FAST!!!!!!!!!! too. 3 other people at work will be swapping to z 10s-the time shift camera wowed Em bigtime...this phone reminds me of a PlayBook that fits in my shirt pocket.its that good!
I worried about the touch keyboard because I have a partially amputated thumb. touch keyboards sometimes don't provide enough real estate to type well. Plus I have rheumatoid arthritis too. Mere finger motions can be terribly painful sometimes....No worries here- plenty of space and the "Flick" typing makes typing easy.the word prediction function is uncannily accurate too. Oh, and the white zed 10 I got was made in Canada, that makes me happy to support our friends up north !
BlackBerry knocked one out of the park with the Z(ed) 10.....my bold 9930 was the best phone I've ever had until now. WOW BLACKBERRY,im impressed with this z10!! Love it love it love it!!!!!!!
BlackBerry by choice,
blackberry for life.

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theage

Love my new phone!!!!

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eelhc

Every time I buy a new car I tell the salesman put in the contract that if there is any dealer logo oe enblem painted/pinstriped on the body the deal's off.

kidkamel

Hey Kevin now that you have all 3 carriers in hand you should do side-by-side-by-side comparison testing out the carriers. Browser, video chat, calling, and whatever else you can test out.

shootsscores

Had it now for 12 hours. PlayBook for 2 years.

It's a he'll of a device but frankly, I expected more.

I wanted it to make me hash browns in the morning.

andreicanada

Hey USA people, we apreciate your support for BlackBerry, and that you do care about your friends from north, we love you too, look we are working hard to help you create jobs in states, just tell Obama to sign this XL pipeline, again thanks USA for your support for BlackBerry made in Canada

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DINGSTER1

Why not the white accessories??!!! Dag!

sklotz2000

As of 8:40 a.m CST, my pre-ordered Z10 from Verizon is still sitting 45 miles away at a FedEx sort facility.

THANKS Verizon!!

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Rootbrian

Blame fedex for not delivering on time.

simpleblue

Verizon. Veri Z on Z10

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bluegreen1965

Can anyone comment on the Verizon Z10 whether it comes with a microSD (or SDHC) card? If not can you you buy in-store when purchasing the phone? Thanks!

thpsrulr

Nope, doesn't come with anything but a usb cable and the charging plug and some documents.

00stryder

And the 4G sim card, if you need one. It's free too

Camelhmpz

and after 12 years of not having to fool with one on Verizon, it feels weird

thpsrulr

Got mine last night. Still tinkering and getting the settings where I want them! :)

ShaggyM8

god those brandings are so fugly

Camelhmpz

it actually isnt as noticeable while i see it in person... still rather remove it.

ThunderShock2005

That carrier branding looks disgusting. At least AT&T branding on the Z10 is subtle.

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Rootbrian

Anybody that has issues with the branding... there are ways to remove it.

00stryder

I really don't mind the branding, and on the white version it's grey so it's not as noticeable as say black would be (on white background). I'm likely going to put a case on my phone eventually and looking to take advantage of the CB Easter sale. I love carrying it around naked though! (the phone, not me ;) )

nyc_rock

I'm a big fan Kevin, seriously. But when I am watching a video that has more of you than the hardware you are unboxing, something is wrong. Noah Kravitz jumped the shark the same way. Keep it about the hardware.

svfd757

Hey Kevin, what are you going to do with that Verizon unit when you are done reviewing it? I'd love to get my hands on it once you are finished!!!

alieannie

Now if the Verizon employees would know how to set one up, we'd be in business.

Came from a 9930 and scared to give up my QWERTY keyboard but it's been a breeze so far! I can't type on iphones or androids to save my life. BB is the only one that works for me!