Could BlackBerry 10 instigate the biggest tech comeback ever?
After two years of doom and gloom, things are finally starting to pick up for RIM — could BlackBerry 10 instigate the biggest comeback in tech ever?
Is RIM about to do the impossible and make one of the biggest tech comebacks ever seen with the launch of BlackBerry 10?
Reports from all over the glove indicate that networks, consumers, and retailers are feeling very confident about the release of RIM’s new OS and accompanying hardware.
Vodafone confirmed that it would be carrying RIM’s new BB10 handsets in Q4 2012, a full two months before the launch of BlackBerry 10 which takes place on January 30.
It was a similar story across the pond in RIM’s native Canada. Speaking to BGR, a Rogers spokesperson said, ‘we can’t release the total number of reservations we have received for the BlackBerry 10 all-touch device, [but] we can say that customer interest is definitely strong and reservations continue daily.’
In the UK, O2, Three, and EE have all confirmed that they will carry BlackBerry 10 devices once they’re released later on in Q1 2013. EE has also confirmed that it will carry 4G variants on its network.
Every major UK network has now confirmed that it will carry BlackBerry 10.
Just under 25 per cent of the UK’s handsets are BlackBerry devices, according to reports. RIM will be keen on converting those users into BlackBerry 10 users, something that will be tough but is definitely doable with the right marketing.
Check out our first look at BlackBerry 10 to see what to expect come January 30.
Throughout 2013, Microsoft and RIM will do battle for third spot behind iOS and Android. At present it seems that networks are backing RIM over Microsoft, which could do BlackBerry 10 a lot of favours during the next 12 months.