Verizon has been hinting at the arrival of the Blackberry Z30 since September, and today we have confirmation that the phone will arrive some time in November.
Verizon announced today that the Z30 will be coming to the carrier as an exclusive launch in November – no date has been confirmed at this point – for $200 on a two year contract.
This is the first US carrier to have the Z30 after reports of Sprint turning down the offer to be the official launch partner for the Z30. Back in September, however, the Z30 was released in the UK and the Middle East.
Vivek Bhardwaj, BlackBerry’s head of software portfolio, denied reports of being ‘exclusive’ to just Verizon, and would offer the phone to other carriers if they requested it, according to cNet.
Verizon doesn’t seem to have any planned marketing or special promotional campaigns ready to roll out except for an opt-in page on the carriers website for shoppers interested in buying the Z30, according to a Verizon representative.
A lack of interest from US carriers like Sprint could be related to the flop that was the Blackberry Z10 that ended up costing Blackberry $1 billion dollars in unsold inventory.
Bhardwaj seems to be focused on the future, not the past, and is dead set on pushing the Blackberry Z30 and other Blackberry products by the November release date.
Specs for the Z30 aren’t groundbreaking but are good enough to compete with some of the higher quality smartphones on the market. With a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 resolution, 8 megapixel camera, brand new Blackberry 10.2 OS, and a Dual Core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm; The Blackberry Z30 could be a viable option for consumers looking for an affordable, beautiful phone come the holiday season.