Blackberry’s iPhone rival hits the market

[AP] The latest rival to the iPhone has been unveiled by the makers of the business world’s favourite, the BlackBerry.Research In Motion’s Storm abandons a physical keypad in favour of a large screen, just like the one on Apple’s iPhone. says touch-screen BlackBerry coming this autumn
Research In Motion will roll out a touch-screen model of its BlackBerry smartphone later this autumn, thrusting it into direct competition with Apple’s popular iPhone.RIM said on Wednesday the BlackBerry Storm will be available exclusively to Verizon Wireless subscribers in the U.S. and Vodafone subscribers in Europe, India, Australia and New Zealand. challenges Apple with offer of fresh BlackBerries for Christmas
Vodafone will put pressure on Apple’s iPhone today with news that it has clinched an exclusive deal to offer the first touchscreen phone made by the mobile email specialist BlackBerry in time for Christmas.The BlackBerry Storm, which has a revolutionary “clickable” touchscreen that prevents a user accidentally sending an email or making a call just by touching the screen, will be free for anyone willing to sign up with Vodafone to a £35-a-month contract. A pre-pay version is also being planned. touch screen launched to take on the Apple iPhone
The first touch-screen BlackBerry phone is launched on Wednesday marking a new phase in the battle with Apple.The device, called the BlackBerry Storm, offers many of the same features found on the Apple iPhone, and will be available exclusively on the Vodafone network.It is due to hit shops in time for Christmas, with tariffs starting at about £35 per month, including unlimited internet browsing.

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