BlackBerry Z10 Launches At AT&T, No One Cares
The BlackBerry Z10 is finally making its much anticipated U.S. debut today with AT&T, and will be available on Verizon and T-Mobile next week. Initial reactions from customers, however, appear to be rather lukewarm.
USA Today surveyed a number of consumers and, while some appeared enthused, others were ambivalent toward the new device. The device also received unfavorable reviews in the media, including the Los Angeles Times. As result, BlackBerry shares fell 7.7 percent to $14.91, the biggest drop in a month. Before today's drop, the stock had climbed 36 percent this year, Bloomberg reports.
One current BlackBerry owner pointed out the touchscreen wasn't an attractive feature in the smartphone best known for its mainstay QWERTY keyboard, which will be included in the BlackBerry Q10 slated for release later this year.
Stacey Sanner of Seattle told USA Today, "if I'm gonna go buttonless, I might as well go iPhone. I use a Mac and an iPad so it's time they all talked to each other! This way I can sync contacts and calendar, things people have been doing for years."
Another consumer, Mike Wilson, founder of a film and game production company in Austin, Texas, said he was interested in Z10's new features, including the camera — but not the touchscreen.
"I think they did themselves in for good by going to touchscreen only," Wilson said. "Tactile buttons are absolutely, undeniably better for email and text, and I think they could have kept a lot of their corporate army by just keeping that one thing."
Some BlackBerry faithful are even considering camping outside a store to get their hands on the Z10. Jamie Hersh-White told USA Today she may do that to "feel the excitement."
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins marked the U.S. sales debut of the Z10 Thursday night at a theater in New York's Times Square. The event featured performances by rapper Ludacris and R&B singer Janelle Monae.
The BlackBerry Z10 will be offered by T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless late next week, while Sprint has not announced plans to carry the device.
The Best Unlimited Cell Phone Plan You Should Know About
Not all cell phone plans are created equal. Find out which one gives you the best deal for your money.
Google News: Ressurects Dead Product, Advertising Row Spreads To US Brands And More
Google Maps now lets users share location. Meanwhile, four companies have withdrawn from Google's platform amid rows promoting extremist content.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
Huawei Nabs The Top Spot In China In Q1 2017
According to the research firm Canalys, Huawei shipped close to 21 million smartphones in China in the first quarter of 2017 and claimed an 18 percent market share.
'Tokyo Ghoul' Season 3 Delayed By Its Live-Action Movie? Ken Kenaki Returns With Another Identity?
"Tokyo Ghoul" season 3's release is delayed and there are countless speculations as to why it is being pushed back. Reports claim that the show is to give way to "One Punch Man" and "My Hero Acdemia" but new rumors say that it's lack of materials and storyline as well as its live-action movie are causing the delay.
Here's The Game Lineup For PlayStation Plus This May
Sony just revealed its upcoming PlayStation Plus lineup for the month of May. Check them out here!
'One Piece' Manga On A Break; Chapter 864 Arrives In May With The Big Mom Assassination Plot Backfiring On Luffy And Capone, Jinbei Dies?
"One Piece" chapter 864 will not come out next week as it will be on a scheduled break following a holiday. Spoilers and predictions reveal to see Big Mom going furious for the destruction of the Mother Caramel portrait and fans might see a character dying.