I have been thinking a bit more on this subject and wanted to add a few points,
1. I am really
glad that BlackBerry 10 no longer requires a BIS plan. They were a pain in the ass to get one (and I do have one). This will mean people can switch without modifying their current plan. They also don't have to pay more (if applicable)
2. I am still not sold on the square screen of the Q10: gdgt.com/discuss/rim-please-don-t-release-a-phone-...
3. There has been a bit of a kerfuffle about the Z10 pricing up here, and I am not sure how this will affect the sales of the phone. For all purposes, the phone is at a $139 price point for all the carriers up here (standard 3 year contract). However Rogers has a "winter white" promotion where white phones are "up to $100 off" (www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-campaign-q4-20...
The white BlackBerry Z10 is at the front of the picture, but it is not actually mentioned in the deal's fine print as having any savings. Some people were expecting the white version to launch at a $39 price point because of this promotion. Now Rogers' facebook page is saying the white Z10 will be $10 off at launch making it an effective $129, assuming you don't read their other social media posts saying the Z10 is not eligible for the promotion.
So the phone launches here in 2 days, and some people are bitter over what the white model will cost on one of our 3 carriers. Not a huge deal, but still significant.
4. BlackBerry used to advertise their great data compression. This was because all their data was routed through their own Network Operating Center (NOC). However, since users no longer have a BIS plan (see #1), I can only assume the data is not travelling through Waterloo and instead completely in the carrier's hands. So I am thinking this compression is an artifact of the past (unless their BES service will still do it)