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New BlackBerry phone launched in US in key test

Published on Mar 23, 2013 6:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The newest version of the BlackBerry smartphone went on sale in the United States (US) on Friday in what is seen as a crucial test for the struggling tech firm.

The BlackBerry Z10, the first phone using the new BlackBerry 10 platform, is being sold through T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and at US retailer Best Buy.

The new platform is seen as the Canadian firm's last opportunity to regain ground in a market dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iOS operating systems.

The touchscreen Z10 has already been launched in other markets, including Australia, Britain and Indonesia. The company also plans a model with a physical keyboard called Q10.

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