Daniel S. Mead

BlackBerry's phones have been off to a weak start in Canada, the home turf of the struggling handset maker. But the new BlackBerrys are getting a warm welcome from Verizon Wireless, the biggest American carrier.

Daniel S. Mead, chief executive of Verizon Wireless, cheered on the new BlackBerry phones at an investor conference on Wednesday morning. He said Verizon Wireless customers were especially interested in the new BlackBerry phone that includes a physical keyboard, called the Q10 (the Q stands for "qwerty"), which has yet to be released on the Verizon network.

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