UPDATE 2-RIM sees BB10 devices in stores soon after launch

Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:15pm EST
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* RIM confident BB 10 devices will be 100 pct ready at launch

* Devices will go on sale "not too long after" Jan 30 launch

* Carrier testing of BB10 devices still expanding

* RIM shares close down nearly 5 pct

By Euan Rocha

WATERLOO, Ontario, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Research In Motion is confident its new BlackBerry 10 devices will be 100 percent ready for the Jan. 30 launch and available in stores "not too long after" that, Chief Operating Officer Kristian Tear said on Tuesday.

"We're working hard right now to make sure all the bits and pieces and all the details are in place for the date, when the devices will be available for consumers and enterprises," Tear told Reuters in an interview.

RIM, which virtually invented the concept of mobile email with its first line of BlackBerry devices more than a decade ago, was roundly criticized for the botched 2011 launch of its PlayBook tablet computer, which RIM had hoped would compete with Apple's blockbuster iPad.

The PlayBook looked pretty and had top-of-the-line hardware. But its software was far from complete at the launch and needed multiple updates.   Continued...