New BlackBerry coming to the US on March 22

New BlackBerry coming to the US on March 22

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HANOVER, GERMANY - MARCH 05: A Blackberry Z10 smartphone, which is the Germany version of the Blackberry 10, lies on display at the Vodafone stand at the 2013 CeBIT technology trade fair on March 5, 2013 in Hanover, Germany. CeBIT will be open March 5-9. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 9:29 AM

TORONTO (AP) -- BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will launch its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. with AT&T on March 22. The release will come several weeks after RIM launched the much-delayed devices elsewhere.

   AT&T said Monday said the Z10 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract.  Sales of the device began in the U.K. and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.

   RIM has said U.S. carriers needed more time to test the devices.

   The redesigned BlackBerry is RIM's attempt at a comeback after the pioneering brand lost its cachet not long after Apple's 2007 release of the iPhone, which reset expectations for what a smartphone should do.

   Shares jumped $1.32, or 10.1 percent, to $14.38 in midday trading on the Nasdaq.

 

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