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posted: 6/8/2013 9:25 AM

New BlackBerry with keyboard hits U.S. stores

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  • BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker, climbed to its highest level in more than a month after Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said he sees sales of its new Q10 device to be in the "tens of millions."

      BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker, climbed to its highest level in more than a month after Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said he sees sales of its new Q10 device to be in the "tens of millions."
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NEW YORK -- The first keyboard-equipped BlackBerry sporting the company's radically new operating system hit U.S. stores this week.

T-Mobile USA started selling the BlackBerry Q10 Wednesday. Verizon Wireless started taking pre-orders last week and shipped by Thursday.

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AT&T also started taking orders Wednesday. Neither Verizon nor AT&T have said when they will have the phones in stores.

The last of the major national carriers, Sprint Nextel, has said it will carry the phone this summer.

The new operating system is meant to help the BlackBerry catch up to the iPhone and Android phones in terms of touchscreen capabilities and third-party software.

Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry, launched a keyboard-less phone with the new operating system earlier this year.

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