Blackberry 10 Handset To Land On Feb. 28

  • Launch date January 30
  • Leaked doc from Canada
  • RIM refuses to comment

With RIM's launch event happening on January 30, there are hints that the company will be releasing its first BB10 handsets on February 28.

  • Launch date January 30
  • Leaked doc from Canada
  • RIM refuses to comment

With RIM's launch event happening on January 30, there are hints that the company will be releasing its first BB10 handsets on February 28. This information was leaked from Best Buy in Canada through some purported inventory documents suggesting that at least one handset toting the new OS will be up for grabs from February 28 – a month after the launch event.

According to the document, a BlackBerry 10 device will go on sale on the Canadian Bell network as of 13/2/28. Despite this information being focused in Canada, it is fair to assume that RIM would stagger launches around the world, especially given the global nature of the launch event and the time the company has taken to complete work on BlackBerry 10.

"We will launch the platform on January 30 and until then we won't comment on speculation," said a RIM representative when asked about the rumours.

RIM had previously confirmed that the first two devices will be announced at simultaneous events around the globe. A total of six BB10 handsets are expected to launch this year, covering all price points.

Moreover, with Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 launch less than three weeks away, developers have submitted more than 15,000 new BB10 applications—and in record time.

RIM kicked off its 36-hour porting spree Jan. 11 that encouraged and incentivized developers to submit their work. Each submitted and approved application (up to 20 apps) came with a $100 reward. To the first 200 qualified developers who submitted between five and 10 approved apps, RIM gifted a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device. Those who submitted more than 10 approved apps became qualified to win a paid trip to BlackBerry Jam Europe, in Amsterdam, to celebrate the launch of BlackBerry 10.

"Log in from the comfort of your home, from your desk at work, or even get friends together and have a porting party," RIM encouraged, ahead of the event, which included expert assistance throughout the 36-hour stretch.

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