In a statement released early on Monday, RIM confirmed that a launch event will take place on Jan. 30, 2013, happening simultaneously in multiple countries around the world.
As well as marking the official launch of the new BlackBerry 10 platform, RIM will also unveil its first two BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan.30. Details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event, according to RIM.
RIM shares rose 2.81% to $8.78 before market open. The Waterloo, Ontario-based firm was also one of the most active premarket Nasdaq stocks on share volume of 125,514.Apple (AAPL - Get Report) shares crept up 0.68% to $550.8 in premarket trading on share volume of 90,995. Facebook (FB - Get Report) shares were down 0.52% to $19.11 on share volume of 379,994 . Shares of Groupon (GRPN), which badly missed third-quarter earnings estimates last week, slipped 1.81% to $2.71 on share volume of 375,439. --Written by James Rogers in New York. Follow @jamesjrogers >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.