BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltdplans to launch a
touch-screen version of the wireless e-mail device in the
third quarter as an answer to Apple's iPhone, the Wall
Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The device, known as the Thunder, is to be sold
exclusively through Verizon Wireless in the U.S. and
Vodafone PLC abroad, the Journal reported on its Web
site, citing people familiar with the matter.
RIM has not officially commented on the report.
In February, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said the company
may bring out a touch-screen device if customers want it.
This week, Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM announced its
BlackBerry Bold, a sleek smartphone with a keyboard aimed
at its core base of business users.