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RIM CEO Confirms BlackBerry 10 Has Achieved Lab Entry With Over 50 Carriers


In their last investors call RIM reaffirmed that they are on track for a Q1 release of BlackBerry 10. Now RIM’s CEO has confirmed this yet again with an update about the status of BlackBerry 10. According to Thorsten Heins this first step has put BlackBerry 10 in carrier testing labs at 50 carriers with more to come. Usually carrier testing lasts one to three months so hopefully we will be seeing these devices early in the new year.

Here is the full statement released to the media:

I’m very pleased to confirm that we have passed a critical milestone in the development of our brand new mobile computing platform, BlackBerry 10. In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved Lab Entry with more than 50 carriers – a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013. We made this commitment during our recent results conference call and we have delivered. This process will continue in the coming months as more carriers around the world formally evaluate the devices and our brand new software.

I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch. Their response has been tremendous. They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.

The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.

Its great to hear the devices are on track and hopefully we will be hearing release dates come December or earlier!

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  1. some rumblings about a mid-November announcement

  2. Don’t go getting me excited for mid-November. I’m already on edge and waiting in high anticipation. This is worse than waiting for Christmas as a kid.

  3. Don’t underestimate this milestone. I work in this industry: Getting a carrier to free up the space and resources for ANY Lab test – especially close to the year end – is a major accomplishment.

    Typically carriers stop all testing and abuse of things (and certainly any upgrade to the network) about December 15th or so – to resume again about January 10th or so (depends on the Carrier and other conditions.

    Depending upon the test regime it is quite possible that they could be finished by December 15th (when the carriers go to a minimal dont-break-anything-over-the-holiday state).

    Many carriers have outsourced their operations to 3rd parties (like Ericsson, Huwaei, NSN, etc) so that 50 carriers testing on their own is actually a pretty big deal.

    It’s all goodness.

  4. I asked a friend who works for Verizon if he heard any chatter on BB10. He told me to give it up and change to another platform.

    I cannot wait to see his reaction was he gets his hands on BB10. It’s sad that even my best friend has passed judgment on RIM without even giving it a try.

    I told him to sit back and watch BB10 be the best OS to date! Can’t wait to see the shock on his face when he sees the amazing things BB10 is capable of!

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