Minutes after BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins introduced the two new BlackBerry smartphones, U.S. carriers began releasing statements to officially back the new devices.
Verizon was the first to announce it would sell the touchscreen and with QWERTY keyboard, going so far as to attach a price -- $199 on contract. Big Red also said it would exclusively sell the Z10 in white in addition to its all-black color.
Conspicuously absent are the phones' release dates. Prior to the launch, a BlackBerry representative told CNET to expect the Z10 to arrive in March, and Heins himself pitched an April time frame for the keyboard-bearing Q10.
In addition to launching an overhauled, CEO Heins put the old company name, RIM, to bed, declaring the from now on, BlackBerry the device and BlackBerry the company .