With the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the first smartphone running the new platform less than 48 hours away, new details are emerging. According to the latest leak, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on sale with Vodafone in the UK as soon as RIM unveils the device on January 30, The Verge reports. While RIM would launch the Z10 in India only in February, the leaked document provides some additional details and confirms some that we already knew. Also Read - TCL will not design, manufacture or sell BlackBerry smartphones from August 31
According to the document, the Z10 will use a micro SIM and RIM has not gone with the nano SIM that is currently exclusively used in the iPhone 5. The document also confirms that users won’t have to subscribe to a BlackBerry specific data plan any more and a regular Internet plan would do the trick. BGR India had reported the same in December. However, the document goes as far as to suggest that users won’t have to subscribe to any BlackBerry-specific plan even for BBM or email! Also Read - BlackBerry to kill paid apps from its app store
BlackBerry service plans have accounted for about a third of RIM’s revenue and contribute heavily to the revenues through out the lifetime of the device, while the smartphone accounts only for a one-time sale revenue. While CEO Thorsten Heins has maintained that enterprises will still need to subscribe to services to access certain BlackBerry features, even those plans would be offered in multiple tiers. Also Read - WhatsApp stops working on these smartphones
This is great news for users but it could have a massive impact on RIM’s future revenues.
Ed: This post was edited to change reference from nano SIM to micro SIM.