The product is actually the brainchild of radio and television personality Ryan Seacrest. He came up with the idea while carrying around two phones at all times. One handset, with a physical keyboard, is used for emails and messaging, while the other is an Apple iPhone. Typo has been taking $99 pre-orders for the product, and is scheduled to appear at next week's CES. The keyboard carries a lithium battery so the keys can be backlit. Typo claims that the QWERTY can improve the speed of your typing by 50% on the iPhone.
BlackBerry might actually be able to capitalize on the situation. In a press release, BlackBerry General Counsel Steve Zipperstein said that while BlackBerry was flattered that Typo used its keyboard design, the company "will not tolerate such activity without fair compensation." That comment seems to leave the door open for a licensing or royalty deal to be worked out.
BlackBerry is suing Typo (R) for stealing the design from its QWERTY keyboards
source: BlackBerry via AppleInsider