Verizon to be BlackBerry's exclusive U.S. launch partner for the Z30

|About: BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY)|By:, SA News Editor

BlackBerry (BBRY -0.4%) has confirmed Verizon will be the exclusive launch partner for its 5" BB10 flagship, and will sell the phone for $200 with a 2-year contract. The company declined to comment on whether the phone would eventually be sold by other U.S. carriers.

CNET points out Verizon doesn't appear to be "providing any special promotional or marketing support" for the Z30, which arrives following a quarter in which BlackBerry took a $934M inventory charge (mostly related to the Z10) and had BB10 sell-through of only 1.7M units (BB7 sell-through totaled 4.2M).