BlackBerry Z10 (Photo : BlackBerry)
T-Mobile has confirmed the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone will be available for preorder by business customers on Monday, Mar. 11.
Customers who preorder should have the phone in hand by the end of next week, said T-Mobile.
The general public will be able to purchase the Z10 by the end of the month, though T-Mobile didn't announce a specific date.
The major carriers have been vying to be the first to bring the much-anticipated Z10 -- the first all-touch device running the revamped BlackBerry 10 operating system -- to the United States.
T-Mobile announced weeks ago that it wanted to be the first to offer the Z10, and today's confirmation means it will technically be the first. But the latest info from AT&T says they will offer the Z10 to the general public on Mar. 22, quite likely before T-Mobile's general release, rumored to be on Mar. 27.
T-Mobile and AT&T are the only American carriers still in the running to be the first to offer the Z10. Sprint has already stated that it will not offer the Z10 at all, opting instead for the QWERTY keyboard-equipped Q10 handset due in a few months.
AT&T will carry both phones, while T-Mobile will only offer the Z10.
Verizon will carry both phones, but it will not be able to release the Z10 until perhaps next month.
BlackBerry is attempting to break back into the mobile phone market with its new phones and operating system. According to the company, the Z10 has already had the most successful launch of any BlackBerry phone in history, though that may not be enough to keep the embattled phone manufacturer afloat. BlackBerry has not yet released any sales figures, but its fourth quarter earnings are due out on Mar. 28, perhaps conveniently scheduled for a week when most BlackBerry coverage will concern the Z10's American availability.