New Blackberry With Keyboard Hits US Market
The new Blackberry Q10, which boasts a Qwerty-keyboard, is rolling out in the U.S. market this week.
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The Q10, which is the first smartphone by the company to run on the Blackberry 10 operating system, became available at T-Mobile stores on Wednesday and at Verizon stores on Thursday. T-Mobile is selling the device for $579.99, or a down payment of $99.99 with monthly payments of $20 for a two year period and Verizon has the device priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $599.99 up-front.
AT&T will begin taking orders Wednesday, although it is unclear when the devices will begin shipping. It will sell the device for $199.99 with a two-year contract or $584.99 without a contract.
Sprint will also be selling the device this summer, however, it has not confirmed an exact date. Sprint users interested in purchasing the device can register on the company's website for updates on availability.
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Blackberry's latest smartphone is aimed at reeling in loyal Blackberry users who are committed to the keyboard functionality of the phone. The company launched its Blackberry Z10, which is a touchscreen phone, earlier this year to rival Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy devices. It also announced a mid-tier device called the Blackberry Q5 in May, which is expected to be released during the Summer in a variety of colors.
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—CNBC's By Cadie Thompson. Follow her on Twitter @CadieThompson.