You have to love analysts. Sometimes I feel like they are either brilliantly devious or incredibly stupid. The latest in this line is Boston firm Detwiler Fenton analysts who put out a report picked up by Forbes that says BlackBerry 10 touch screen phone won’t launch in the US until March and the keyboard model is coming in June. They went on further to say that:
- Detwiler asserts that they “understand” that the QWERTY deice won’t debut until June.
- AT&T and T-Mobile are not expected to launch BB10 devices until March, the firm says.
- Verizon and Sprint are targeting a May debut, the report contends.
It seems like even the usually rumor prone stock investors do not really believe the latest rumor since the stock has remained unchanged. I have this evil notion that Detwiler was trying to back RIM into a corner and pressure them to announce release dates. RIM has held on strong and responded that:
“Details of the commercial availability for BlackBerry 10 will be announced at the global launch events on January 30. Our executives have made it clear that the touch screen device will be available shortly after launch with the physical keyboard version to follow shortly after that.”
Now if only we could get a more solid definition of shortly… Either way the final word on this is that there are many analysts out there and this firm seems to be getting some outlier information.