The Blackberry Z10, the latest smartphone of Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) trading under the name Blackberry is now available in the United States prior to the official introduction of the device, which is expected to be in mid-March.
Solavei, a newly established mobile carrier that offers contract-free smartphones is selling the Blackberry z10 for $999. Customers who are interested in ordering the Blackberry Z10 will be able to receive their device within two business days. The mobile carrier also offers unlimited voice, text, and data mobile service on a nationwide 4G Network access for $49 a month.
“We believe in giving our members access to the latest phones and wireless capabilities. Solavei not only gives its members the opportunity to pay less for unlimited mobile service, but even the opportunity to earn income by sharing Solavei with others,” said Ryan Wuerch, founder and chief executive officer of Solavei, in a statement released today.
The contract-free mobile service provider is selling the Blackberry z10 via GSM Nation. Consumers have the option to purchase the smartphone within six months through the Bill Me Later service of PayPal, a subsidiary company of eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY).
The Blackberry Z10 is the flagship smartphone of Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)/Blackberry powered by its latest operating system-Blackberry 10. The device is now available in Canada for $149 with a two-year contract with telecommunications carriers in the country. Without a contract, the Blackberry Z10 cost $599 in Canada.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s Blackberry Z10 is equipped with 4.2-inch high-resolution LCD display, 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. The device has a powerful microphone and speaker, which allows users to hear their calls clearly, even if the phone is far from their ears. The smartphone has also a peek feature that splits the screen for users to see their incoming messages without exiting the open application.
In a recent interview with Associated Press, Thorsten Heinz, CEO of Research in Motion Limited/Blackberry said the company is trying to get the release of the Blackberry Z10 and Q10 as soon as possible. He said, “We’re trying to get it as close as we can.” According to him, the carriers in the United States will test the smartphones and they can decide whether they want shorten the process or not.
He also emphasized that Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) (now BlackBerry) needs to win back market share to be relevant, and to be aggressive in the U.S. market.”