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AT&T to sell BlackBerry Z10 for $199.99 on March 22nd, pre-orders begin tomorrow

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AT&T has just announced that it will offer the BlackBerry Z10 to customers on March 22nd for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The carrier plans to open up pre-orders tomorrow, March 12th. At $199.99, the BlackBerry 10-equipped phone will be going head-to-head with the iPhone 5 and top-end Android phones like the Galaxy S III. The price isn't a surprise, but some were hoping BlackBerry would attempt to woo customers with a lower price-point than the competition. Today's announcement matches day and date with rumors that the Z10 would hit the US on the 22nd. Verizon has already announced that it plans to sell the smartphone for the same price in "mid-March," and T-Mobile has confirmed that it, too, will offer the phone. Sprint, meanwhile, will only carry the keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10. The device originally went on sale on January 31st in the UK.

Update: Best Buy locations will also be accepting pre-orders for the Z10 on AT&T starting tomorrow.