Sprint, the third largest wireless carrier in the United States, has decided to take pass on the new BlackBerry Z10.

Sprint spokesman, Mark Elliott, says the company will wait on the BlackBerry Q10 which sports a physical qwerty keyboard in addition to a smaller touchscreen.

“We aren’t saying there’s anything different about our customers,” Elliott said. “We think our customers will be happy with the qwerty keyboard and touch screen on the Q10.”

BlackBerry CEO, Thorsten Heins, believes that touchscreen BlackBerry devices will outsell keyboard models by three to one, so, one has to wonder if Sprint’s passing on the the 4.2 inch Z10 has anything to do with the company’s deal with Apple to sell iPhones.

[Via Bloomberg]