• BlackBerry 10 In Depth: What Is The Difference Between Z10STL100-2 And Z10STL100-3?

    One of the coolest shortcuts that long time BlackBerry users have loved is "myver," which lets you find out which device and what OS you are running right away. BlackBerry kept this cool shortcut on BlackBerry 10, as seen above. You may notice, though, that aside from showing the Z10 and the OS, there's a bit more information provided. In this case with John Reid and I, our phones vary at this whole "STL100-3" vs "STL100-2" part. It turns out, the BlackBerry 10 "myver" shortcut actually shows you which specific model of each device you have, as well as showing you the device and OS. What does that mean?

    Carriers all over the world work on different types of networks and radio bands. When a smartphone manufacturer, like BlackBerry, wants to sell their phone worldwide, they actually have to make a few different models of the same device to work on each of the various types of networks. Thankfully, most carriers work under one of three or four types of networks so this whole "different-models-of-each-device" thing doesn't get too crazy.

    With the Z10, BlackBerry made four different models for carriers all over the world: the London (which was the most famous original codename), the Liverpool, the Lisbon and the Laguna. All together, they'd be known simply as the L-Series.

    The London (Z10STL100-1) - The London is the Z10 that was made exclusively for networks that don't have LTE (think smaller markets and developing nations that are just getting 3G or HSPA+). If you're in the U.S. or Canada, odds are you will never see a London.

    21Mbps HSPA+
    Quad-band HSPA+ 1,2,5/6,8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz)
    Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

    The Liverpool (Z10STL100-2) - The Liverpool is the Z10 for GSM carriers in Europe and the rest of the world that have LTE. This device can be used

    Quad band LTE 3, 7, 8, 20 (1800/2600/900/700 MHz)
    Tri band HSPA+ 1, 5/6, 8 (2100/850/900 MHz)
    Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

    The Lisbon (Z10STL100-3) - The Lisbon is the Z10 for GSM North American carriers that have LTE. This is one that pretty much every carrier in Canada has, and the one that AT&T and T-Mobile will end having as well.

    Quad band LTE 2, 5, 4, 17 (700/850/1700/1900 MHz)
    Tri band HSPA+ 1, 2, 5/6 (850/1900/2100 MHz)
    Quad band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

    The Laguna (Z10STL100-4)
    - The Z10 for CDMA carriers that have LTE (aka the Verizon Z10).

    LTE Band-13 (700MHz)
    CDMA Cell-band and PCS-band (850/1900 MHz)
    WCDMA Band-1 and Band-8 (2100/900 MHz)

    There you have it. If you're picking up a Z10 over the next few days, or just got one this past week, try it out and see which model Z10 you have right now. For those wondering, the Dev Alphas, or at least the B that I have, is a London.

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