BlackBerry 10 January 2013 Device Launch Confirmed by RIM CEO

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One of the items that we glossed over mentioning in our recap of CIO’s interview with RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins turns out to be a key statement. Thanks to Terry for pointing out that Thorsten Heins confirmed that BlackBerry 10 devices will start their rollout in January of 2013. That cuts short many skeptics who worried that RIM was waiting until March 31st, 2013.

Specifically Heins was responding to when frustrated customers, shareholders, and users would have their faith restored in RIM. He stated that:

In January with the full touch device and the QWERTY coming, I think we will reinstall faith in RIM. That’s what we’re working on. This is what our objective is, and when I’ve talked to carriers about the delay of BlackBerry 10, the overwhelming feedback was, "First, thank you for letting us know in advance. Second, Q4 is mostly a prepaid quarter anyway, lot of noise coming, actually why don’t we focus on a Q1 [2013] launch and make this a major launch in Q1?" I think we have a lot of support there.

I have faith in the future. My team is working relentlessly to create that future.

Hopefully that means we will have a nice present from RIM within weeks of the new year. :)

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  1. I MUST have a physical keyboard. I also like the familiarity of the BB operating system, but if I have to go Android for the physical keyboard, I’ll do it with my next phone.

    • The android options with physical keyboards are dying out….

      They are releasing them less and less often.

    • Thorstein has already said that shortly after the all touch BB10 comes out, there well be a touch qwerty keyboard version coming out, one of the few good things about the delay of BB10 phones.

  2. Hopefully they let you pre-order BB10 phones during the holiday season on the lead up to BB10 Launch…

    • Very sweet idea! I love the concept of putting a BB10 device under the tree, even if it will arrive a few weeks later!

  3. That way they can get some of the holiday season buying frenzy…

  4. Well, I for one, am certainly happy to hear January and not March. I’m going to reload the OS on my 9700 and see if she’ll make it to the new year!! Kinda makes my day.

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