Those who call Verizon their mobile carrier of choice are going to have to wait a few days after AT&T customers to get their hands on BlackBerry’s new flagship Z10 smartphone.
Verizon on Wednesday afternoon announced it will begin selling the BlackBerry Z10 in stores and online starting on March 28. For those keeping track, that’s six days after the device becomes available through AT&T on March 22.
But despite the longer wait, Verizon customers will have one advantage over AT&T subscribers. Verizon will exclusively offer a white Z10 model alongside the black version other carriers will sell.
The phone will set Verizon customers back $199.99 with a new two year contract, the same price as AT&T. Verizon customers who are interested in the Z10 can pre-order it beginning tomorrow on the carrier’s website.
The Z10 is the first smartphone to launch with the re-designed BlackBerry 10 operating system. It’s a slab-style, touch-based device and features a 4.2-inch display with 356 pixels per inch. It comes with a slew of new features, including Screen Share and BlackBerry Hub, which acts as a central location for emails and conversations.
Those not on Verizon or AT&T will also be able to pick up a Z10 through T-Mobile. Sprint, however, is passing on the Z10, but will offer the new BlackBerry Q10, which sports the signature QWERTY keypad as well as a smaller touch screen.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry on Wednesday announced that one of its “established” carrier partners has placed an order for one million BackBerry 10 smartphones, which represents the largest-ever single purchase in BackBerry’s history. The phone maker did not reveal which partner placed the order.
“An order for one million devices is a tremendous vote of confidence in BlackBerry 10,” Rick Costanzo, BlackBerry’s executive vice president of global sales, said in a statement. “Consumers are ready for a new user experience, and BlackBerry 10 delivers. With strong partner support, coupled with this truly re-invented new platform, we have a powerful recipe for success.”
For more, see PCMag’s first look at the AT&T BlackBerry Z10, as well as our spec comparisons with the Galaxy S III, Lumia 920, and the iPhone 5.