Updated: The Four BlackBerry Z10 Models Explained (STL100-X)

UPDATE: Check out our latest updated list explaining the differences in more detail

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I have had quite a few readers ask me what I mean when we point out specific model numbers for the BlackBerry Z10. Most of you are probably aware that there are four different BlackBerry Z10 model builds. They are made with and without LTE along with support for the frequencies in specific countries or carriers. You can always check the version of your BlackBerry Z10 by typing “myver” anywhere in an email or other text field and hitting the spacebar. The model of your Z10 is specified as STL100-X where “X” is the version. Here is a simple breakdown of the four different BlackBerry Z10 models based on the bands they support:

BlackBerry Z10 STL100-1 (aka R072): (Started in UAE but now in many other countries)

  • Quad Band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Quad-Band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6, 8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz) with support for 21Mbps HSPA+

BlackBerry Z10 STL100-2 (aka R086): (UK version and other carriers)

  • Quad Band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Tri Band HSPA+ 1, 5/6, 8 (2100/850/900 MHz)
  • Quad Band LTE 3, 7, 8, 20 (1800/2600/900/700 MHz)

BlackBerry Z10 STL100-3 (aka R070): (AT&T and many other carriers)

  • Quad Band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Quad-band HSPA+ support: UMTS 800/850, UMTS 1700, UMTS 1900, UMTS 2100 MHz band (800/850/1700/1900/2100)
  • Quad Band LTE 2, 5, 4, 17 (700/850/1900/1700 MHz)

BlackBerry Z10 STL100-4 (aka R069): (Verizon Wireless)

  • CDMA/PCS (850/1900 MHz)
  • WCDMA Band 1 & 8 (900/2100 MHz)
  • Quad Band GSM/EDGE (850/900/1900/1800 MHz)
  • LTE Band-13 (700MHz)

Let me know if I got any of them wrong!

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  1. great to see this finally explained!
    Great Job Ronen

  2. Great info! but to take it one step further how can someone check which version it is. In most eshops there is no info ..just Z10 black or white…

    thanks,

  3. Im so tempted to pre-order the z10 on AT&T but based on the information above, will I be able to use the phone on T-Mobile on speed higher than EDGE/2G possibly LTE when tmobile makes it available?

    From the info above it seems that the phone on AT&T will be the same exact phone on T-Mobile. Am I correct to assume this?

    AT&T site says band 4 and 17 for LTE, but your info above is saying the phone will support Quad Band LTE 2, 5, 4, 17 (700/850/1900/1700 MHz). Is it safe to assume that while AT&T is only mentioning 4 & 17 the phone will also support band 2 & 5 if those are the bands T-Mobile is using or the phone will only support the bands for that specific carrier?

  4. Which bands do T-Mobile use?
    Above is like a riddle, think about it if T-Mo uses HSPA+ from UK version and LTE from AT&T version, that means you will have to get either HSPA or LTE versions, if your area does not have LTE, you will be stuck at 3G speeds. Is it really that difficult to make just two device one supporting CDMA and other strictly GSM, I wonder how much more it costs them to cram these frequencies in to the chipset.. I don’t think BB has any concerns over controlled release like Apple has with their outrageous prices overseas.

  5. I hope the -4 can do Band 4 with a software upgrade. That is supposedly the AWS spectrum that Verizon will start deploying this summer to fill in and enhance their already sizable LET coverage lead.

    • The Z10 however needs to be sim factory unlocked before being able to be flashed with another carrier’s firmware, which supports the bands of the STL100-3 Z10.

    • Or you can try flashing with another carrier’s firmware without being unlocked and let us know if it actually works :)

      Part of the issue here with Blackberry camp is that we haven’t seen the level hacking as we do with the iOS.

      Much exploring is needed. Another theory now is whether the Verizon Z10 STL100-4, if flashed w/ a STL100-3, can still utilize the stock Verizon LTE 700 MHz band…if not, it would mean flashing back to stock STL100-4 firmware is needed.

  6. Will i be able to use my stl100-3 with Azercell? I mean BBM mainly?

    Azercell Azerbaijan 1800

  7. O’kay, My wife and I moved to Panama but, travel back to the USA as well as some other countries around the world from time to time. Our Storm-2 have been working very well here and most everywhere else. We’re finally looking at the possibility of up-grading ourselves to the new Z10 for we also are running our BlackBerry Playbooks and the 10 will greatly enhance our useage of both. (note: -2 OK but, with limitations….thus Z10 S/B mucho better) Comments please
    Which unlocked international, Quad or not should we purchase ??

    • Panama is central America and South America may be using a different band LTE.

      Stay away from stl-100-1 as it doesn’t have LTE as well as stl100-4 since that’s Verizon with only 1 LTE band.

      So your choices are either stl-100-2 or better yet stl-100-3 whereas the -3 has quad Band 3G and 4G. -2 is for Europe. You’re better off with stl100-3

  8. Is there any way to change the Verizon frequency to 850 ?

    • Very possible because the radio chip are all identical except for stl-100-1.

      However there is no hack which will allow flashing/reprogramming of the baseband. It may as well involve another level of hackery.

  9. I get confused about which one will work better with me -2 or -3.
    Because I need the model can work in Saudi Arabia and USA at the same time, please tell what do you think it will be the best for my case -2 or -3.

    • USA get Stl-100-3

      • So if a person has a STL100-3 it wouldn’t work in Middle-east or South East Asia (Pakistan) I am actually using one in Pakistan and it gives me lag in message sending/receiving on BBM only!

        Should i wait for an upgrade or replace the phone with STL100-2? Please help!

        • Any phone will work in any country. Just you need to make sure that the 4G LTE band is compatible in your country. If not, the phone will use 3G which is not as fast as LTE.

          • Great Thanks John! Can you comment why I only experience lag on my BBM whilst all the other applications work fine (emails, facebook, twitter, browser, whatsapp etc) I have contacted my service provider “Ufone” but they dont have a solution to it and asked me to wait for an upgrade till 10.1 releases for STL100-3…
            FYI Pakistan is not blessed with LTE yet but EDGE only :(

  10. Thank you. Needed this explanation.

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