TORONTO (Reuters) -According to a report of Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) is planning to release a touch-screen model of the wireless e-mail gadget during the 3rd Q. The report further explains that new BlackBerry will be an answer to Apple Inc’s iPhone.

The Journal reported on its Website that the device would be sold entirely through Verizon Wireless in the U.S. and through Vodafone PLC in abroad .The device has been named as the Thunder.

On the other hand, RIM refused to comment on the report and stated that it didn’t say anything about rumors and assumptions. During this week some supposed details of a new touch-screen BlackBerry were also showed on the Internet.

During February this year, RIM’s co-CEO Jim Balsillie announced that if customers desired, the company would bring out a touch-screen.

In the past, Balsillie has rejected the possibilities that the iPhone could become a serious competitor for the BlackBerry. Launching a touch-screen Blackberry would put RIM in a direct competition with Apple’s well-known iPhone.

On Thursday, RIM‘s shares closed C$ 140.99 which is C$ 1.60 higher in Toronto Stock Exchange. Similarly, on the NASDAQ, they closed at $140.71 with a gain of $2.15.

Will this new BlackBerry be a success or Apple’s coming iPhone rules the world? Only time will tell.

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