Various media liasons and industry sources have revealed that the BlackBerry Z10 should be available from Vodacom, Cell C, and 8ta from 1 March 2013, with Vodacom offering the device as soon as 24 February 2013.
8ta confirmed today (18 February 2013) that it is on track to launch BlackBerry 10 offers to the public “as of 1 March 2013.”
“The details of the offers will be announced in due course,” 8ta said.
Vodacom and Cell C said that they could not disclose any information about their BlackBerry 10 launch plans as yet, with Vodacom adding that it would issue a press release with launch dates and pricing details before the end of the week.
However, industry sources have revealed that Vodacom should receive stock of the BlackBerry Z10 on 22 February 2013, with retail availability expected soon thereafter.
Information from Cellucity, an independent Vodacom dealer, appears to corroborate this as it revealed that it expects to be able to sell the Z10 as soon as 24 February 2013.
There are also rumours in industry that Cell C will be selling the BlackBerry Z10 from 1 March 2013.
8ta and MTN both have pre-registration webpages online where subscribers can reserve their device, while Dion Wired and Cellucity offer reservation services for Vodacom.
Off-contract pre-orders are also available to South African consumers online, with Incredible Connection offering the BlackBerry Z10, along with a flip cover, for R7,000.
Update: MTN has provided the following comment from Ryan Gould, general manager – brand and communication at MTN SA: “MTN will be ranging the Blackberry Z10 device, we expect it to be available from the 1st of March 2013. MTN will make further announcements with regards to pricing in due course.”