MetroPCS and Cricket not planning to offer prepaid BlackBerry 10 smartphones currently
Only yesterday, when new BlackBerry 10 smartphones have been unveiled for the first time, all four major carriers announced their plans to offer at least one of the two new BlackBerry phones, BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10. However, smaller carriers including prepaid ones MetroPCS and Cricket have revealed that they have no currently plans on adding prepaid BlackBerry 10 smartphones to their lineups as they ones were keen to add Samsung Galaxy S III or iPhone 5.
The fact that they are not thinking about launching BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10 right now, doesn’t mean that they won’t consider it later on. MetroPCS representative Drew Crowell said that MetroPCS has no plans on releasing BlackBerry 10 smartphones but “are looking at them and will evaluate if they are a fit for our customers and the company.”
Cricket’s representative said that his company has no comment on BlackBerry 10 support same as C Spire Wireless.
U.S. Cellular is also one of the smaller carriers that were asked about their plans on new BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Their representative Steve Carlson explained that they have no plans currently to “offer those devices but we are still in discussions with RIM.”
Smaller carriers have been offering BlackBerry handsets in the past and probably will in the future ones they see how customers react to it. Also, as Fierce Wireless noted, major carriers were the ones who always had a privilege of releasing the hottest handsets first and then prepaid carriers to follow, with few exceptions, for example, Cricket releasing iPhone 5 only a week after major four have released it.