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Verizon throws its hat in the BlackBerry Z10 availability ring

White Z10
A white BlackBerry

Verizon has firmed up its BlackBerry Z10 plans, or at least that's what we figure from the carrier's announcement regarding the touchscreen phone's availability.

Starting at 8 p.m. EST tomorrow (March 14 for calendar lovers), Big Red will start taking pre-orders for BlackBerry's latest handset.

Come March 28, the phone will be available online and in Verizon retail stores.

That's six days after AT&T starts carrying the BlackBerry 10 phone, though Verizon has a slight ace up its sleeve.

White knight

Unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon is offering both a black and white version of the Z10.

It's a cosmetic difference, but a definite perk for customers bored by black.

The device, which, among other specs, features a 4.2-inch, 1280 x 768 display and 1.5GHz dual-core processor, will be sold for $199.99 on a two-year contract.