Last month, BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) unveiled the BlackBerry Z10, the company’s latest smartphone that looks to take on the flagship devices of other major mobile platforms. We already know that the new device will be making its way to Verizon, but we weren’t sure of the exact date. However, Verizon has come out and said that the Z10 will be available starting on March 28, with pre-orders beginning tomorrow morning at 8 am ET.
Verizon says that the new Z10 will be available online and in Verizon Wireless stores starting March 28, and customers will have their pick at either a black or white model, with white being a Verizon exclusive. So, if you’re wanting to show off your Verizon pride, getting a white Z10 will be the only way to fully stand out from the other Z10 owners.
As expected, Verizon will be pricing the BlackBerry Z10 at $199.99 after signing a new two-year contract, which may be a bit too steep for such a device, but we digress. Verizon won’t be the first US carrier to make the phone available, however. T-Mobile made the Z10 available to its business customers first starting on March 11, with AT&T releasing the Z10 on March 22.
Of course, the $199 price tag puts the Z10 at the same price point as the entry level iPhone 5 model, which may raise some concerns as far as whether or not the Z10 can compete with the iPhone 5, especially when they’re the same price. As for the Q10, Verizon will be offering it eventually, but no further details have been announced yet.