In case anyone cares (which I doubt very much,) America’s leading wireless service provider has at long last detailed availability and pricing of BlackBerry’s likely final high-end smartphone push. The Z30 will thus land on Verizon sometime “in November” (yay for vagueness) and go for a predictable and fair $200 with two-year contracts.
Fair, yet there are probably much better choices for less dough out and about. Like LG’s G2, which Amazon sells for a preposterously low $0.01 with Big Red pacts.
Intriguingly, it appears BB and Verizon have no kind of exclusivity deal going on, so theoretically you could see the Z30 sold through carriers like AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile as well. On the other hand, neither of those three has declared any interest in picking up the 5-incher so far and I don’t reckon phones are like wines, getting better with age.
Bottom line, if for some reason you’re drawn to dying brands and care to settle for 720p displays, dual-core SoCs, 8 MP cams and underprivileged ecosystems, your only option will be to deal with Verizon. And cough up the $200 subsidized price or, I presume, $600 give or take for an outright, contract-free device. My advice? Don’t. Just don’t.
<Source: Tech Radar>