BlackBerry Z30 to arrive as a Verizon 'exclusive' next month for $200

By on October 29, 2013, 9:30 AM
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BlackBerry head of software portfolio Vivek Bhardwaj recently revealed that the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone is finally set to arrive on US soil next month. Interestingly enough, it’ll do so as an “exclusive” on Verizon’s network.

Wait, an exclusive from BlackBerry at a time when their future is as shaky as ever? What gives? It sounds like the use of “exclusive” in this instance is less about securing an exclusive distribution deal with Verizon and more about Big Red being the only carrier interested in bringing the phone to their network.

Bhardwaj didn’t specifically mention the possibility of the phone coming to other carriers although he said the Z30 was available should other providers request it. He further added that there was nothing in the terms of the deal with Verizon that would prevent BlackBerry from bringing the phone to AT&T or T-Mobile. So yeah, that pretty much squashes the traditional sense of the word “exclusive.”

Either way, the phone will be available with Verizon sometime in November priced at $200 with a two-year service agreement. At that price, you’re getting a smartphone with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display operating at 1,280 x 720 (295 PPI) that’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC alongside 2GB of RAM. Other specs include 16GB of internal flash storage, an 8-megapixel, f/2.2 camera on the rear, a 2-megapixel front shooter, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n and a 2880mAh battery.




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Jim$ter said:

Whats a BlackBerry?

Guest said:

Why can they just understand people want 1080 p screens latest snapdragon 800 pro

then see how that sells even microsoft understood that n brought 1080 p to their os what is bb thinking ? or they are heaving an ***** in their staff who thinks these things are not needed ??

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Why can they just understand people want 1080 p screens latest snapdragon 800 pro

then see how that sells even microsoft understood that n brought 1080 p to their os what is bb thinking ? or they are heaving an ***** in their staff who thinks these things are not needed ??

What people want and what people can afford/willing to spend are two entirely different things. It's little wonder you'd crave a 1080p or higher screen because you obviously hadn't noticed this phone is a fair bit cheaper than phones equipped with the specs you bandy about but seem to have little grasp of but not to worry, you'll have a fairer understanding of things once potty training is finished. Who knows, you may even learn about capitalization & punctuation later.

m4a4 m4a4 said:

Why can they just understand people want 1080 p screens latest snapdragon 800 pro

then see how that sells even microsoft understood that n brought 1080 p to their os what is bb thinking ? or they are heaving an ***** in their staff who thinks these things are not needed ??

What people want and what people can afford/willing to spend are two entirely different things. It's little wonder you'd crave a 1080p or higher screen because you obviously hadn't noticed this phone is a fair bit cheaper than phones equipped with the specs you bandy about but seem to have little grasp of but not to worry, you'll have a fairer understanding of things once potty training is finished. Who knows, you may even learn about capitalization & punctuation later.

Yeah, I don't take Guest's seriously either ;P

But yeah, this is an interesting move. Let's see how it plays out...

coppersloane coppersloane said:

I'm so glad they're being selective. Their phones are great devices, shunned by the general public. In a more limited release they'll find their devotees. Well done, BB.

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