“CrackBerry” Fans Are Getting the IPhone Touch

BlackBerry fans could use a some good news.

The must have tech toy for Silicon Valley types has been having a rough week overseas. But back home, BlackBerry is ready to take on the Apple iPhone head on -- or thumbs down.

The first BlackBerry that combines a touch screen with the device's signature full-alphabet keyboard is coming to stores next week. In another Apple-esque move, the phone will be released on AT&T's controversial network.
Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company that makes the BlackBerry, says the BlackBerry Torch will cost $199.
The keyboard slides out from underneath the screen. RIM's first touch-screen model, the Storm, lacked a keyboard and hasn't proved popular.
Available Aug. 12, the Torch will be the first phone with an updated BlackBerry operating system that adds several features, most of which are already found on competing phones.

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