They will definitely support BB10. The truth is they would all prefer to be in a stronger bargain position with Apple and BB10 will help them with that.
The carriers want RIM to succeed to help provide a counterweight to Apple and Google. However, even heavy promotion doesn't guarantee success with customers. Nokia's new Lumia smartphones built on the new Windows operating system have received positive reviews and strong marketing support with heavy discounts, but sales have been disappointingly weak.
Mr. Heins said he expects to have widespread carrier support for the BlackBerry 10 rollout. "The carriers want us to keep that installed base [of BlackBerry users]," he said.
"We value our relationship with RIM and look forward to working with them on existing and new products," said Mark Siegel, AT&T spokesman. He declined to comment on specific product plans.