BlackBerry's next generation devices, featuring its new BB10 operating system, are set for a February launch, just weeks after it unveils the handsets on 30 January.
In an interview with Bloomberg, chief operating officer Kristian Tear swept aside rumours the handsets could be launched as late as April 2013. The BB10 devices, which will hit the market almost a year after its original launch date, are seen as critical to Research in Motion's long-term future, after its recent past saw it struggle to keep up with the likes of Apple and Android. Global launch events are scheduled for 30 January and Tear said the first phones will go on sale within 30 days of the unveiling.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry has launched a new feature, BBM Voice, allowing users to make free voice calls over Wi-Fi. TA McCann, vice-president of BBM and social communities at Research in Motion, said: 'BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with today’s announcement we’re expanding the capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality.'
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