LIVE: BlackBerry 10 launch

Telecom Lead America: Research In Motion’s (RIM) live coverage of BlackBerry Z10 is on…

RIM will launch BlackBerry Z10 in February.

Top US telecom operators are launching BlackBerry Z10.

Heins says all four major U.S. wireless carriers — AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile — will carry the Z10. Price points will vary based on carrier. Device will start hitting stores worldwide next month.

In Middle East, which is a major market for RIM, it will be available on February 10.

Meanwhile, Axiom Telecom in the UAE has started accepting pre-booking for the handsets. Customers will have to pay Dh2,599 for a 16GB handset. The handset will be available in white and black colors. According to a sales executive at one of the stores, the handsets will be delivered between February 6 and  20.

Heins says price will depend on telecom operators. New pricing will be announced soon.

Booking is on.

RIM has around 70,000 applications, thanks RIM’s partners. Skype, MLB and Amazon Kindle are included in BlackBerry 10.

The devices have a glass-weave cover. Vivek Bhardwaj, head of BlackBerry’s software portfolio, shows off the predictive keyboard on the Z10, uses language algorithms to learn what sort of words its users tend to use over time.

BlackBerry Balance separates work and personal apps on the phone as two different profiles.

Bhardwaj does a video calling demo to Andrew in London. In the middle of the call, they can sync screens in a feature called screen share to show images and screenshots.

With BlackBerry 10, RIM is trying to regain its lost glory in smartphone market by competing with Apple and Samsung. RIM will also try to become the top operating system (OS) vendor. READ: TOP OS VENDORS IN Q4 2012

RIM feels that six smartphones being unveiled in 2013 on BlackBerry 10 OS platform will assist the smartphone maker to improve its position.

Recently, RIM announced that its new Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, is available for download.

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