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AT&T Says Three of RIM’s New BlackBerry Phones Are Headed Its Way

AT&T said today three new BlackBerry phones are headed its way later this year, starting with an improved Torch model due this month.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 will be exclusive to AT&T and the first model to run on AT&T’s faster HSPA+ network as well as use RIM’s new BlackBerry 7 operating system. Among its other features, the device has a 1.2GHz processor, a five megapixel camera, a 3.2-inch touchscreen and slide-out keyboard.

Later this year, AT&T said, it will have two additional BlackBerry devices able to run on the company’s faster network, including a BlackBerry Bold as well as a touchscreen-only Torch model.

“BlackBerry customers are passionate about their smartphones — and they know to come to AT&T for the best choice,” AT&T senior VP Jeff Bradley said in a statement. “From being the first carrier to offer the BlackBerry solution in 1999 to the broadest lineup of 4G-capable BlackBerry smartphones this year, we’ll continue to offer our customers the leading BlackBerry portfolio in the U.S.”

RIM is counting on the evolutionary improvement to its BlackBerry operating system to tide the company over until next year, when it has said it will release the first phones running a variant of the QNX operating system that powers the company’s PlayBook tablet.

Update: Sprint announced on Wednesday that it will have the two latter devices, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 and the touchscreen-only BlackBerry Torch 9850 later this year.

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