RIM says new touchscreen devices on sale in U.S. in mid-March

NEW YORK Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:05pm IST

Research in Motion (RIM) President and Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins gestures during the launch of the RIM Blackberry 10 devices in New York January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Research in Motion (RIM) President and Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins gestures during the launch of the RIM Blackberry 10 devices in New York January 30, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Research In Motion LtdRIM.TO Chief Executive Thorsten Heins said on Wednesday its touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phones will not go on sale in the key U.S. market until mid-March.

Devices with physical keyboards will be available globally in April, he told reporters in New York.

Heins said the touchscreen phones' late U.S. release is due to carrier testing. They will be available in the United Kingdom on Thursday.

(Reporting by Euan Rocha; Writing by Allison Martell; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson)

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