TORONTO — The latest BlackBerrys with physical keyboards are available in the United States, months after touch-screen versions went on sale.
T-Mobile USA began selling the BlackBerry Q10 on Wednesday. It has Research In Motion Ltd.’s new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which addresses shortcomings that allowed iPhone and Android devices to surpass the once-pioneering BlackBerry in sales and prestige.
Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint also have plans to sell the Q10 in the United States. Verizon Wireless started taking orders last week and says it will ship by today. AT&T started taking orders Wednesday. Neither Verizon nor AT&T Inc. has said when it will have the phones in stores. The last of the major national carriers, Sprint Nextel Corp., has said it will carry the phone this summer.
Many long-time BlackBerry users prefer a physical keyboard, RIM’s strength.