Sprint has confirmed what has long been rumored in that they will only be carrying the new BlackBerry Q10 and not the BlackBerry Z10. The BlackBerry Z10 is the first phone to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system and is an all-touchscreen phone. The Blackberry Q10 has a 3.1″ touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard. The phone does run BlackBerry 10 like the Z10, however the screen is much smaller so the functionality will be slightly limited.
When asked about the move from The Now Network, carrier spokesman Mark Elliott had this to say.
“We aren’t saying there’s anything different about our customers… we think our customers will be happy with the QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen on the Q10.”
Now, we aren’t entirely shocked by this move since Sprint showed their intention of selling the Q10, but with no mention at all during a January press release regarding the new BlackBerry OS and some plans for the coming months. With this move, Sprint will become the only carrier out of the US’ “Big Four” (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) to not carry the Z10. By doing so, Sprint customers won’t be able to get their hands on BB10 on the Q10 until May at the very least when it goes on sale here in the US, while the Z10 is expected to launch on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile sometime later this month.