Well in this one more forum let me add my voice that this is an awful decision by VZW. I got a Z30 as an upgrade from a Z10 and love it; but my wife saw it and wants to upgrade from her 9850...and can't! Not cool, VZW, not cool
Verizon doesn't make the phones so how you blame this on Verizon other than just being a hater is beyond me. Of course when the iPhone was originally an At&t only device the haters blamed Verizon even though it was At&t and Apple that signed an exclusive deal and Verizon didn't have a thing to do with it. And to answer the other poster's question yes Blackberry IS actively trying to commit suicide. They have for years. They'll be dead in less than 5 years. Considering Blackberry stock is worth 1/8 what it was worth 5 years ago says everything.
After calling BB and Verizon, Verizon has officially RETIRED the Z30. BB has the ability to fulfill orders, but there are not any current requests for the CDMA model Z30 BB. Blackberry ought to work better on their marketing and Verizon ought to fulfill another order or bring us a newer model.
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No, StreetDocRN, I believe that this is Verizon's fault initially. Blackberry was selling CDMA units for several weeks after Verizon dropped the Z30 from their website. That means that they were still in stock at BB, but Verizon simply stopped ordering them. (At which point Blackberry probably decided to stop making them... they evidently decided not to try to sell them to Verizon customers directly.)
I suspect that Verizon dropping the unit (and not promoting it at stores) is a breach of the agreement by which Verizon got to be the exclusive carrier in the U.S. who could offer the Z30 directly, and I hope Blackberry sues Verizon, and signs up another carrier (or two), since Verizon has clearly walked away from their "partnership" with Blackberry.
This is just up to speculation but what if Blackberry is a bad company too, just like Verizon.
What if Verizon ordered 50,000 units but Blackberry only had 20,000 units to give. So Verizon did not order any at all and BB had to seperately sell the 20,000 units they had unit they were out and didn't make more b/c they know they couldn't meet the demands Verizon wanted.
Quite a possibility if you ask me.
Lets just hope in 2015 Verizon opens it arms wide to Blackberry seeing it sold all its Z30's. I show my friends with Iphones and Samsung devices my z30 and the things it does to make my life easier and most often question asked is "why doesn't my phone do that". I could list ten things right now my buddies on Iphones look amazed and stunned. DO ANY OF YOU KNOW WHAT A HUB IS?? LOL As for my battery life on my Z30 its amazing and like no other phone I have ever seen or used. Pleas don't mention apps cause my BB can run all the Android apps and in the next version of BB10.3 Amazons App store will be on the desktop. I don't want to leave Verizon with my three lines but if another carrier has the Passport, or I can order on oneline.. I may make the jump. I just know in my heart Verizon will have the Passport.
after researching for months watching the market in preparation for my renewal date this month i was MASSIVELY disappointed with the Z30 being now gone just 2 weeks from my renewal .I had done my research read reviews and was all set to switch to blackberry and wanted the BEST i could get .Now its gone and many sources say its EOL ,while reps say otherwise .Very disappointed and unhappy long time cell phone customer and Verizon long term land line user . Why cant we get a 100% honest definite answer here ? If i need to switch carriers to get and use the Blackberry Z30 i will .But stop jerking us around Verizon
My guess is that Verizon will offer the BB Passport as well as a rumoured LTE version of the Z3 (which may be called something else such as the Z20). I know someone who has seen Verizon branded Passports so they are definitely at least testing that device. I am NOT saying they will have it for sure, BUT BB has made some, and Verizon most likely IS testing the device.
Thanks for asking this, I like my Z30 and concern that second phone is needing to replace soon. Others have asked me. It is an easy decision based on specs and work I do need to accomplish. Plus, I do like having ability to replace memory and battery. Change memory is a routine. Z30 battery life has been a great accomplishment. These other spec features are outstanding and Apple is catching up. Like those 15 years before it, about 3 other blackberry models, have all been a workhorse. I'm not in marketing or need a show pony, security and privacy are good points. Seen a lot wasted time on Android/Apple updates to unavailability, hijacks on enterprise systems, to text or phone problems. Outside of USA, both are true; Z30 model is viable and Verizon Wireless is a subsidiary.
as of 8/13/15 Verizon is still selling the Z30.. (for $199 with upgrade discount for contract holders)- they just don't have it on display anywhere.
Spoke to a manager at VZW store in Paramus, NJ and he told me they have none on hand to even show me. Said VZW instructed them to send back all units they had on hand.
Only option 3 different stores (or customer service) would offer me is to order phone and have it shipped to me. Problem is, if I don't like the size or features of the phone I would need to pay restocking fee. (Never mind the process of setting up of phone and return shipping...)
Each time- I was pushed to purchase different phones. Each time, I said I want to see the Z30.
BTW- if it were discontinued, why are they still offering it at full price!???
We get it it- Verizon makes more $ off other brands and could care less about BB but, it would be nice if they, at least, cared about their own customers. BB users are loyal...I hope my loyalty doesn't have to lead me to another carrier