Three top U.S. wireless carriers to embrace BlackBerry 10

LAS VEGAS Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:58am IST

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins discusses features of the Blackberry 10 during his keynote address during the Blackberry Jam Americas in San Jose, California September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Research In Motion CEO Thorsten Heins discusses features of the Blackberry 10 during his keynote address during the Blackberry Jam Americas in San Jose, California September 25, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Robert Galbraith/Files

Stocks

   

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Three of the top U.S. cellphone carriers signaled this week that they would support Research In Motion's RIM.TO BlackBerry 10 products, the first of which are due to be unveiled Jan 30, offering a hopeful sign for RIM's comeback effort.

Executives at Verizon Communications (VZ.N), AT&T Inc (T.N) and T-Mobile USA all said they are looking forward to the devices, which will be crucial for RIM's chances of regaining lost ground from rivals such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Samsung Electronics (005930.KS).

"We're hopeful its going to be a good device," Lowell McAdam, chief executive of Verizon Communications, majority owner of the biggest U.S. mobile service Verizon Wireless.

"We'll carry it," McAdam said in an interview at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

BlackBerry 10 is RIM's next-generation mobile operating platform and it is preparing to launch new smartphones later this month. Word that major carriers will offer the devices is good news for RIM.

RIM, which once commanded the lead in the smartphone market, has rapidly lost ground to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's line of Galaxy products, especially in North American and European markets, as customers abandon its aging BlackBerry devices.

It has been testing the new BlackBerry 10 devices with carriers so they can assess their compatibility with networks.

No. 4 U.S. mobile provider T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE), also plans to carry the new BlackBerry 10.

"We're extremely optimistic that it's going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it," Chief Executive John Legere said.

AT&T has promised to support the BlackBerry 10 platform, according to Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher, but he would not discuss specific devices.

However, AT&T handset executive Jeff Bradley made it clear that the No. 2 U.S. mobile operator would carry the phone.

"It's logical to expect our current (BlackBerry) customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future," Bradley said.

(Reporting By Sinead Carew; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Cyber Espionage

Tech Showcase

Regulating Taxi Apps

Regulating Taxi Apps

Singapore to regulate taxi-booking apps Uber, GrabTaxi.  Full Article 

Assange Case

Assange Case

Swedish appeal court upholds Assange detention order.  Full Article 

Tech Workers

Tech Workers

Obama's immigration tweaks leave Big Tech wanting more.  Full Article 

Overbilling Apple

Overbilling Apple

Infosys unit's overbilling Apple led to exit of top execs - sources.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage