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BlackBerry's New Z10 Smartphone to Hit UK First

Today, BlackBerry (formerly known as Research in Motion or RIM) announced two new additions to its portfolio of smartphones. The Z10 and Q10 are the first to ship with BlackBerry's new BlackBerry 10 OS installed. Speaking today at a press event in New York City, CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that the Z10, which is launching first, would come to major US carriers sometime in March. Canadians will get the device much earlier, with Canadian carriers selling the phone from next Tuesday, February 5. However, it seems folks in the United Kingdom will be the first to get their hands on BB10.

That's right, despite BlackBerry being a Canadian company, the Z10 will hit UK shelves tomorrow. Both O2 and EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) will be carrying the BB10 phone. Obviously, pricing will vary depending on the plan you choose, but EE is offering a range of 4GEE price plans and the phone for just £49.99. That price is based on a £41 per month, two year package. Users on that plan get 1GB of mobile data, as well as unlimited UK calls and texts. O2 is offering the phone for free on a £36 per month contract for the first two weeks.

According to Pocket-lint, both Vodafone and 3UK will also be selling the Z10, but they weren't mentioned by name during today's press conference and neither have released details on pricing and plans.

If you missed it earlier, be sure to check out our live blog from today's event!

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