RIM starts carrier testing on BlackBerry 10 devices

Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:36pm EDT
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TORONTO Oct 31 (Reuters) - Research In Motion has started carrier testing of its new line of BlackBerry 10 devices ahead of the launch of the devices in the first quarter of 2013, the company said on Wednesday.

"In the last week, BlackBerry 10 achieved lab entry with more than 50 carriers, a key step in our preparedness for the launch of BlackBerry 10 in the first quarter of 2013," said RIM's Chief Executive Thorsten Heins, in a brief statement.

Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM is seeking to turn around its faded fortunes with the launch of the BB10 devices, as its aging line-up of BlackBerry devices loses ground to Apple's iPhone and Samsung's line of Galaxy products, especially in the key North American and European markets.