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BlackBerry 10 Preorder Now Available Through Rogers

12/17/2012 09:25 EST | Updated 02/16/2013 05:12 EST
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An attendee at the Blackberry 10 Jam World Tour holds one of the company's DevAlpha devices at their stop in Waterloo, Ontario, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Geoff Robins)
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.

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