T-Mobile USA to launch BlackBerry Z10 business sales on March 11

  • T-Mobile USA is to start selling the highly anticipated BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone to its business customers on March 11.

    The American arm of Deutsche Telekom said business customers could have the device delivered by the end of next week.

    The fourth biggest U.S. mobile service provider declined to give an exact date for the consumer launch but said that it would be before the end of March.

    The new device by BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion, has already been launched in more than 20 countries.

    However, its reception in the United States, a former stronghold market, is seen as vital.

    Rival mobile networks Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc are yet to reveal their Z10 launch dates.

    BlackBerry, once seen as a smartphone pioneer, introduced its new touchscreen device in January.

    A more traditional BlackBerry with a physical keyboard is to be launched next month.