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BlackBerry 10 release date nears as networks confirm availability

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Ahead of the upcoming January 30 BlackBerry 10 release date, a number of UK networks have confirmed they will stock the first BlackBerry 10 handsets from launch.

With the full collection of leading UK network providers seemingly set to jump on the BlackBerry 10 bandwagon, Vodafone, Three, O2 and the Orange and T-Mobile parent company EE have all this morning confirmed their intentions to host the repeatedly delayed BlackBerry OS.

Tipped as BlackBerry’s make-or-break launch, the BlackBerry 10 OS is set to launch across the globe on January 30 with the Android and iOS rival looking to regain lost footing in the increasingly competitive smartphone market.

With O2 stating that it would play host to BlackBerry 10 handsets in ‘early 2013’, in a release to Trusted Reviews, a spokesperson from rival Three added: “Three can confirm it intends to range BlackBerry 10 in the UK.

Not wanting to be left out, a Vodafone representative has also chimed in, stating “we’re planning to offer the new BlackBerry 10 when it launched on 30th Jan 2013.” They added: “We’ll release more details on pricing and availability after launch.”

For those keen on the idea of a new BlackBerry 10 handset but not taken by the idea of locking it to just 3G speeds, the UK’s first 4G network EE has also confirmed its plans to stock BlackBerry 10 devices from launch.

"EE can confirm that from launch, it will range BlackBerry 10 for consumer and business customers on its superfast 4GEE service, as well as on its Orange and T-Mobile UK brands,” a company spokesperson said. “More details on pricing and availability will be announced in due course."

Not limited solely to network provider, UK smartphone retailers have joined the BlackBerry 10 handsets brag with Phones 4u also confirming it intends to offer consumers the chance to get their mitts on BlackBerry 10 devices as early as possible.

“With our longstanding success at putting BlackBerry smartphones into the hands of the  youth market, and historically selling more BlackBerry devices per store than any other retailer in Europe, we’re really excited about today’s announcement,” Phones 4u’s COO Scott Hooton said.

“A significant proportion of Phones 4u customers returning to our stores in Q1 next year will be BlackBerry customers looking to upgrade, and we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to offer our upgrade and new customers BlackBerry 10 devices. We believe that BlackBerry 10 is going to exceed all expectations and strengthen the brand’s position at the forefront of mobile technology.”

Have you been holding out for a new BlackBerry 10 device? Are you please that the latest BlackBerry handsets will be available from a variety of networks or do you stick with your current network when upgrading instead of shopping around? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

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