We are just hours away from RIM’s imminent BlackBerry 10 event and it’s fair to say that there is huge anticipation for what the company have to show to the world. We’re expecting to see a barrage of BB10 running smartphones, three of which should turn out to be the BlackBerry Z10, X10 and BlackBerry London.
We now have some very important information for those looking to pick one up right away in the UK. It looks like Vodafone may have some sort of exclusivity on the first rollout of BB10 handsets, as a document has leaked out ahead of the event suggesting that Vodafone plans to sell BlackBerry 10 phones at 5pm UK time on the same day as the event – January 30.
If you are a current Vodafone customer and are eligible for an upgrade at the moment, it looks like a fantastic opportunity for you to end up with a new BB10 phone by the end of the week. The memo obtained by TheVerge suggests that the black Z10 will be available first to customers, with the white Z10 revealed here, due to go on sale later in February.
It now looks like the Z10 is going to be the first handset that is available to customers, but hopefully it won’t be took long until the QWERTY based X10 is available as well. It’s great news for UK consumers of course, but we’re yet to hear solid release information on when BlackBerry 10 powered handsets will be available in the US.
When they finally do arrive, they should become available on all four major carriers in the US, so there should be no problems about stock availability which is good. Let us know if you are picking up the BlackBerry Z10 at launch and whether you think it could be one of the best handsets to release all year.