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New BlackBerry smartphone coming to the US on March 22

A Blackberry Z10 is displayed at a store in Toronto on February 5, 2013.
The Straits Times - March 14, 2013
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New BlackBerry smartphone coming to the US on March 22

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

AT&T said on Monday the Z10 will be available for US$199.99 (S$250) with a two-year contract. Sales of the device began in Britain and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.

RIM has said US 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.