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T-Mobile says that BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone is “more stable than … anticipated,” and could potentially get a faster-than-expected launch on the network. As it stands, the new BB10-based smartphone looks to be on track for a mid-March release, according to statements made by T-Mobile USA Head of Business Sales Frank Sickinger speaking to Bloomberg today. The company anticipates it could be the first U.S. carrier “out of the gate” with BB10 as a result, according to the report.
Anticipated launch dates for the BlackBerry Z10 in the U.S. had pointed to a March 27 launch on T-Mobile, according to a leaked roadmap published by TmoNews earlier this week. While that date may have originally been accurate based on the carrier’s assumption of how long the Z10 would take to clear testing, Sickinger’s words today suggest that the timeframe has been pushed up.
The Z10 is already out and available in the Canadian and U.K. markets, and BlackBerry has been issuing reports of early sales success in both countries. The launch in Canada on Rogers is reported to have seen initial sales numbering in the “thousands,” making for a record launch day for a single BlackBerry device, and in the U.K. many outlets report being sold out. That said, BlackBerry still isn’t releasing any specific sales numbers, which casts some doubt on how successful sales have actually been, in relative terms compared to the larger smartphone industry.
The Z10 will retail on T-Mobile for $ 199 with a new two-year agreement, and will be offered to business customers ahead of its consumer launch, with about a week’s worth of lead time. If T-Mobile can get the Z10 in customer hands a bit faster than its competition, that might help it win over some more business customers to its cause. But this could just spur other carriers to try to speed up their own testing processes, which should please the eager U.S.-based BB-heads out there.
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We knew good and well that Microsoft was aiming for a 2012 launch of its latest and greatest operating system, and if sources reporting to Bloomberg are accurate, it looks like we’ll have a date with Mrs. October. Purportedly, work will wrap on Win8 this summer, with PCs and tablets (!) to ship in October carrying the newfangled OS. We’re told that the initial rollout will include devices running Intel and ARM processors, and not surprisingly, this positions Microsoft to make a serious play for holiday dollars. Still wondering if it’s for you? Give the Consumer Preview a run, won’tcha?
Japan’s had a universal tap-to-pay solution for years now, but now that the rest of the world is catching up, the new Type A and Type B near-field communication standards don’t play nice with Japan’s existing ones. Three wireless carriers formed the Japan Mobile NFC Consortium to deal with the issue, but now smart card provider FeliCa Networks is getting the infrastructure laid out, partnering with Samsung to develop a universal NFC controller and secure application module, and with NXP to build a global NFC radio. Theoretically, once the technology and agreements are all in place someday, you could tap to pay with your smartphone (or charge up your laptop battery) anywhere in the world. According to their respective press releases (find…
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We’re sure some Linux fans broke into a cold sweat over the open source Spark tab. Fortunately it’s taken the next step towards their eager paws: the seven inch slab is now up for pre-order. Sign up for one and you’ll net a priority order code to ensure you get one of the first units off the production line, alongside 500 points to use at the manufacturer’s add-on store. The site still expects to launch the Spark for around €200 ($ 262), which is a fair chunk of change less than those top-drawer tablets — and what price can you put on freedom?
The company’s not committing to any US carriers just yet (ahem), but LG is already puffing up its chest and talking big about its impending Windows Phone 7 release plans. To date, all we’ve had to go on was Microsoft’s vow of seeing WP7 devices on store shelves before this holiday season, but now Ken Hong, an LG representative in Seoul, has offered a wee bit more insight regarding his company in particular. To quote: “We have a deep relationship with Microsoft so expect to have a couple [of Windows Phone 7 handsets] by the end of this year.” That aligns rather nicely with what we heard ourselves back in Feburary, and given that LG’s mobile division has seen some rather unsightly losses in its most recent quarterly earnings, we’re guessing the company’s more than eager to push out the next big thing.
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