Aside from the various other challenges RIM is facing currently with BlackBerry 10, they still need to ensure they have carriers on-board for launch. We've heard many times before that RIM was working with and showing off BlackBerry 10 to various carriers and the overall consensus was that they're all excited for the next generation operating system from RIM but Sprint has now opted to be a bit more vocal about it. As noted by Phonescoop, Sprint spokesperson David Owen stated:
"I would not count RIM out. RIM keeps reinventing itself. BlackBerry 10, as we've looked at it, has some really good characteristics. We're excited to see what it can do. The challenge is RIM took on everything. They took on the entire gambit: the storefront, the operating system, the manufacturing, and this caused them to be slow in reacting to the changes in the market. We don't think we will see RIM get back to the levels they were two years ago. So we have to figure out where they'll be going forward"
Sprint themselves haven't exactly been doing the greatest these days, so we'll just avoid the pot calling the kettle black comments and stick to the basics. RIM has an already existing user base, many of which are actually hanging on to see what BlackBerry 10 will bring. Sprint will find a spot on their roadmap for BlackBerry 10 even if they take a cautious route.
A new 5G BlackBerry Android smartphone with a keyboard will arrive in 2021
A new joint announcement from BlackBerry, OnwardMobility, and FIH Mobile lays out the plans for a new 5G BlackBerry Android smartphone with a physical keyboard to be brought to market in North America, and Europe within the first half of 2021.