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BlackBerry 10 to be carried on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile

Chief execs with all three top carriers have confirmed that they'll support devices on RIM's all-new operating system set to launch in coming weeks.

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Research In Motion's test unit for BlackBerry 10. CNET

With BlackBerry 10's big debut coming at the end of this month, three major U.S. carriers have confirmed that they will carry devices on this new platform, according to Reuters.

AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA all said that they plan to support BlackBerry 10 handsets on their networks.

"We're extremely optimistic that it's going to be a successful product and our business customers are extremely interested in it," T-Mobile USA chief executive John Legere told Reuters.

Verizon's chief executive Lowell McAdam also confirmed the carrier will support BlackBerry 10 devices. And AT&T's handset executive Jeff Bradley told Reuters that, "It's logical to expect our current [BlackBerry] customers will have the best BlackBerry devices to choose from in the future."

BlackBerry 10 is Research In Motion's all-new operating system for its smartphones. RIM, which has steadily been losing customers to rivals Google Android and Apple iPhone, has staked its future on the success of the new software. RIM plans to maintain its stronghold on messaging and typing ease. But the new software will also bring with it a new interface and better multimedia capabilities.

RIM announced at this week's Consumer Electronics Show that the company also plans to hit all "price points" with the new devices. The official BlackBerry 10 launch event is scheduled for January 30 in New York.