TORONTO – Rogers Communications said Monday its current wireless customers are now able to place orders for BlackBerry 10 devices.
The new BlackBerry 10 devices on offer will be “all-touch” and won’t have the physical keyboard that BlackBerry users are used to typing on.
But Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) won’t be providing details on pricing, availability or specifications until early in the new year.
Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) has previously said an “all-touch” version of its new phones would be released first, followed by a model with a physical keyboard shortly afterward.
RIM announced separately that it’s giving an invitation-only preview of the BlackBerry 10 to more than 120 select government and private-sector customers in a variety of industries.
The two announcements are part of efforts to build interest in a new generation of BlackBerrys in hopes of reviving the Canadian technology company.
The BlackBerry 10 smartphones are seen as make-or-break products for Research In Motion (TSX:RIM), which has faced intense competition from the Apple iPhones and smartphones using the Google Android operating system.
RIM shares closed down 22 cents, or 1.59 per cent, to $13.66 Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.