RIM's BlackBerry 10 launch event (live blog)

Coverage of the launch of BlackBerry 10.

  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:22:18 PM
    Okay, Heins is inviting everyone to the side room to demo the phones.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:22:28 PM
    Okay, Heins is off the stage.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:23:43 PM
    You guys may want to sit tight for a bit.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:24:02 PM
    Heins is supposed to participate in a Q&A with the press and we'll keep live blogging it.
  • john.falcone 1/30/2013 4:25:02 PM
    So, while we wait...
  • john.falcone 1/30/2013 4:25:29 PM
    What did you think, Roger? Is the new OS and the two new phones enough to keep BlackBerry relevant?
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:25:47 PM
    If you guys have any questions, feel free to shoot them out. I'll try to ask during the Q&A.
  • Tim Br 1/30/2013 4:25:55 PM
    Unbelievable phone! I've been telling people for months that Thorsten Heins is Steve Jobs reincarnated, he has a Master of Physics and came along at the EXACT right time in Blackberry's history. Period.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:26:14 PM
    Well, the OS certainly looks impressive.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:26:33 PM
    But beyond the OS and phone itself, RIM (or BlackBerry) needs to get past the fact that its brand has taken a major hit.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:26:47 PM
    BlackBerrys are NOT cool, and they will need to do a lot of work rehabilitating image.
  • albertd 1/30/2013 4:27:06 PM
    battery life?
  • DYENAMIK 1/30/2013 4:27:16 PM
    No Instagram?.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:27:48 PM
    One thing I've noticed with the comments is an intense interest in battery life.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:27:58 PM
    No comment about that, so we'll have to see during the Q&A.
  • john.falcone 1/30/2013 4:27:58 PM
    For those looking for specifics on the Z10 and the OS, we have full hands-on reviews of each (see links above).
  • john.falcone 1/30/2013 4:28:36 PM
    Our colleague, Jessica Dolcourt, was able to spend a few days with the Z10.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:28:46 PM
    I'm also curious why there's such a long wait in the U.S. March? That's a pretty long time from now.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:28:59 PM
    I guess the first-quarter financials will be a complete wash.
  • daryll davis 1/30/2013 4:29:41 PM
    I'm sold I will be purchasing the Z10 as soon as its available
  • Gershon Forde 1/30/2013 4:29:50 PM
    I love the phone...But then I'm biased. Bottomline I don't see how other platforms can claim to be better than Blackberry fan(atics) anymore...
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:31:28 PM
    Okay, the Q&A is about to start.
  • Nachiket 1/30/2013 4:31:56 PM
    will wait for the physical keyboard 1
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:32:19 PM
    We get about 25 minutes with the executives for this Q&A.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:33:31 PM
    Hold on for a little bit. They are kicking out the non-press folks.
  • john.falcone 1/30/2013 4:33:47 PM
    For those asking about BB10 apps -- here's a long list of ones available now, or coming soon:

    Big-name BlackBerry 10 apps available now (or very soon)
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:33:48 PM
    CEO Heins and Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben are out.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:34:39 PM
    I get the first question: US availability?
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:34:55 PM
    The testing process is lengthy, Heins is saying, so he's shooting for mid-March.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:35:09 PM
    This is where we stand. In discussion and doing collaborative work to pull it in.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:35:54 PM
    Boulben: Entering the BlackBerry Ready program -- 1,600 enterprises are signed up for it. Carriers are opening pre-registration.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:36:21 PM
    Boulben: We want to signal that BlackBerry is back. Says the Super Bowl will kick off the campaign.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:37:33 PM
    The Q10 will come in April, Heins believes. But it depends on testing.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:37:42 PM
    That's the keyboard phone, by the way.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:38:12 PM
    Heins: The Q10 and Z10 are identical in terms of apps that can work on the phone. The keyboard is the big difference.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:38:48 PM
    Heins: There's not one price in the whole world, it's not one size fits all. So it may be more than $149 in the U.S.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:39:15 PM
    Heins: Working on a plan to upgrade all PlayBooks to BB10.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:39:53 PM
    Heins: On the tablet business, it is rather difficult. We want to continue on the tablet business, but we are looking for specific services and industries.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:40:06 PM
    Heins: We want to provide a value proposition that isn't just hardware, but software too.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:40:59 PM
    FYI...AT&T has come out and said that it would sell both BlackBerrys. No info on the launch date though.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:42:09 PM
    Boulben: We have the full support on app ecosystem (in response to how they will attack iOS and Android's dominance).
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:42:30 PM
    Boulben: We will showcase the fantastic features you've seen today. All marketing will see features showcased in real life.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:44:19 PM
    Sprint has said it will sell the BlackBerry Q10 later this year (again, no timing).
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:44:45 PM
    A question on BB security.
  • Roger Cheng 1/30/2013 4:45:09 PM
    Boulben: On Balance, work will continue to use security network and will be behind firewall of corporate IT systems. It'll be secure from end to end.
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