Dallas - AT&T announced Aug. 21 availability of its first smartphone with the BlackBerry 7 OS and priced the touchscreen-equipped slider at $49.99 with two-year contract.
AT&T's BlackBerry Torch 9810, with a 3.2-inch touchscreen and sliding QWERTY keyboard, is far more aggressive than the prices for the first BlackBerry 7 OS phones from Sprint and Verizon. Sprint and Verizon announced $249 prices on the BlackBerry Bold 9930, which features 2.8-inch touchscreen and fixed QWERTY keyboard, and Sprint announced a $149 price on the BlackBerry Torch 9850, a touchscreen-only model with 3.7-inch screen.
All are among the five BlackBerry 7 OS phones introduced by Research In Motion. All five also offer such improvements as 1.2GHz processor, 720p HD video recording, and dedicated 24-bit high-resolution graphics processor.
AT&T is carrying the Torch 9810 slider on an exclusive basis. The carrier also plans later this year to offer the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and the BlackBerry Torch 9860, which will be AT&T's first all-touch BlackBerry smartphone. Pricing wasn't announced.