BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion will launch its new touchscreen smartphone in the U.S. with AT&T on March 22. The release will come several weeks after RIM launched the much-delayed devices elsewhere.
AT&T said Monday that the Z10 will be available for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Sales of the device began in the U.K. and Canada shortly after RIM unveiled the phone in late January.
The redesigned BlackBerry is RIM’s attempt at a comeback. The brand lost its cachet not long after Apple’s 2007 release of the iPhone. RIM Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said he was disappointed the new BlackBerry would not be released in the U.S. until mid-March, but that the U.S. and its phone carriers have a rigid testing system.