RIM CEO: ‘Carriers are Excited About BlackBerry 10’

More than 50 carriers worldwide are now testing the BlackBerry 10 platform, said Research In Motion today. BB10 is still on schedule for release in the first quarter of 2013, the Canadian company has once again affirmed.

“I have spent the last several weeks on the road visiting with carrier partners around the world to show them the BlackBerry 10 platform and to share with them our plans for launch,” chief executive officer Thorsten Heins told Cnet in a statement.

“Their response has been tremendous,” he added, “They are excited about the prospect of launching BlackBerry 10 in their markets. Our respective teams are now engaged on the technical and commercial preparation of the launch of BlackBerry 10 and the lab entry is an important milestone in that context.”

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The hard work will not stop here as we build towards launch. Our developer teams are continuing to generate momentum to bring a wealth of applications to BlackBerry 10, our enterprise teams have started to present BlackBerry 10 devices and services to our business customers, and our engineers are fully mobilized to ensure that BlackBerry 10 launches flawlessly in the first quarter of 2013.

Unfortunately, RIM will miss what is looking like the hugest holiday season for smartphones ever. Several flagship phones have been launched recently, including Apple’s iPhone 5, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, and Nokia’s Lumia 920.