Operators and retailers confirm BlackBerry 10 plans


All networks, as well as Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U, will sell BlackBerry devices running off its new OS when it launches early next year

The UK’s four major networks and two major mobile retailers have confirmed they will offer BlackBerry 10 devices. Vodafone and EE have hinted they will do so from launch.

RIM’s new operating system is due to launch on January 30, although only a few enabled devices will be available at first.

Today Vodafone said in an emailed statement: “Just a quick note to let you know that we’re planning to offer the new BlackBerry 10 when it launches on 30th Jan 2013.”

However it continued: “We’ll release more details on pricing and availability after launch.”

EE said it “can confirm that from launch, it will range BlackBerry 10 for consumer and business customers on its superfast 4GEE service, as well as on its Orange and T-Mobile UK brands.”

“More details on pricing and availability will be announced in due course,” EE said.

O2 have not said it will offer BlackBerry 10 from launch, but tweeted: “Really happy to say we’ll be selling BlackBerry 10 in early 2013. Watch out for more info soon.”

Three said it “intends to range BlackBerry 10 in the UK”, but did not say when.

Retailers Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u also confirmed they will range handsets running the new OS.

Carphone Warehouse COO Graham Stapleton said: “I’ve seen the new BlackBerry 10 platform in action and it’s fantastic. BlackBerry 10 will reaffirm the brand’s position as a major player in the mobile space with a range which is modern, competitive and delivers a unique user experience.

“There has been a lot of buzz surrounding BlackBerry 10 already and we’re certain that our customers will be very impressed with this great new platform.”

Phones 4u chief commercial officer Scott Hooton said: “A significant proportion of Phones 4u customers returning to our stores in Q1 next year will be BlackBerry customers looking to upgrade, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to offer our upgrade and new customers BlackBerry 10 devices.

“We believe that BlackBerry 10 is going to exceed all expectations and strengthen the brand’s position at the forefront of mobile technology.”