Research in Motion (RIMM), now officially known as BlackBerry, announced the availability of its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones at a press event in New York City on Wednesday. The flagship 4.2-inch BlackBerry Z10 will be available on all four major carriers in the United States and will launch in March for $199, on Verizon at least, with a new two-year agreement or $599 off contract. The device will also be released in the United Kingdom on January 31st, Canada on February 5th for $149.99 on a 3-year contract and in the United Arab Emirates on February 10th. Pricing information hasn’t yet been announced for the BlackBerry Q10 QWERTY keyboard smartphone, although the company expects the device to be available to consumers by April.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article claimed the BlackBerry Z10 was now available for “preorder” but this is not the case. Some carriers have launched BlackBerry 10 landings pages, however, that allow customers to sign up for more details.