After rumors pointing to a March 22 release date, AT&T has finally come forward to confirm the U.S. launch of the BlackBerry Z10.
AT&T announced today that the BlackBerry Z10 will indeed be available on March 22. The device will cost $199 under a two-year contract. There's no mention of how much the device would cost off contract, but another U.S. seller was selling the Z10 for $999.
“AT&T customers were the first to experience BlackBerry smartphones and services in the U.S. and we are thrilled to bring the next evolution, the BlackBerry Z10, to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility. “Customers who have grown to love the tried and true BlackBerry experience will continue to enjoy the easy typing and the secure platform they expect with a fresh platform that lets them get more out of their smartphone with easy access to all their messages in BlackBerry Hub.”
Enterprise customers will be happy to know that AT&T will also be offering BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 alongside the Z10's launch. It will be added as one of the many Enterprise Management options offered by AT&T.
There's still no word on when the Z10 will be available on other carriers. The official story for all carriers is that a March release is still in the cards so we'll probably see some announcements from Verizon and T-Mobile later this week.
If you find yourself craving a BlackBerry Z10, AT&T says that preorders for the device will open tomorrow.