BlackBerry Z10 rumored to launch in US March 22

The BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen smartphone has been on sale for a few weeks in Canada and the UK, but when will the device that could make or break BlackBerry be available in the U.S.? A new report claims we are just two weeks away from that happening.

Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that AT&T will be the first wireless carrier to sell the BlackBerry Z10, with its new BlackBerry 10 OS, on Friday, March 22. An official BlackBerry spokesperson would not comment on the report.

Two other wireless carriers, Verizon and T-Mobile, have said in the past they also will be selling the BlackBerry Z10 sometime in March. However, neither has given a specific release date. Sprint will not be selling the Z10 at all but does plan to offer its customers the QWERTY keyboard-based BlackBerry Q10 later in 2013.

The stakes are high on BlackBerry's front to make its BlackBerry 10 phones a success. The company has been losing market share in the smartphone industry at a rapid rate in the last couple of years thanks to the rise of the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. The latest numbers from ComScore show that BlackBerry lost 1.9 percent in between October 2012 and January 2013.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via BlackBerry

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