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Blackberry Passport and Blackberry Classic coming to AT&T Feb. 20

Posted On Monday, 16 February 2015 19:00 Written by
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While many observers of the smartphone market have long planned a funeral for the Blackberry brand, it is not giving up yet.

The BlackBerry Passport is the newest offering from the Blackberry line, and details about it were announced this week by AT&T. A Blackberry Classic is also being offered.

Blackberry Passport Features
Exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., the BlackBerry Passport is available in a unique design with rounded edges. The BlackBerry Passport has a large 4.5-inch Full HD square touch screen and a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, giving you ideal content viewing without compromising portability. Built on BlackBerry's secure BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 operating system, the BlackBerry Passport runs on AT&T's network: the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network and the network that has the nation's strongest LTE signal, covering more than 300 million Americans.

 

BlackBerry Passport Pricing
The BlackBerry Passport will be available starting Feb. 20 for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month with AT&T Next 24, $27.09 with AT&T Next 18 or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year agreement4 or at no annual commitment for $649.99.5

BlackBerry Classic Features

Designed for speed and accuracy, the BlackBerry Classic includes BlackBerry's iconic QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys, making it easy to communicate quickly and accurately with one hand. Although familiar in appearance, the BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry Bold 9900 experience with a faster browser, longer battery life and more screen space. It also comes with the secure BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 operating system, offering customers access to commanding features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant.

BlackBerry Classic Pricing
You can purchase the BlackBerry Classic for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14 per month with AT&T Next 24, $17.50 per month with Next 18 or $21 per month with AT&T Next 12.

You can also get the smartphone for $49.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $419.99.

"The BlackBerry Passport is ideal for the mobile professional who wants an innovative wireless device focused on security and productivity. Available first in the U.S. on the AT&T network, customers will benefit from the uniquely designed Passport's enhanced features, including a wider screen, 32GB of storage, and a 3450 mAh battery," said Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T

AT&T was the first wireless carrier to launch a BlackBerry device in the U.S. with the BlackBerry 950 in 1999; first with a GSM enabled product with the BlackBerry 5810 and 5820 in 2002; and the first and only to launch the exclusive BlackBerry Torch with full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen in 2011. The BlackBerry Z10 was the first BlackBerry smartphone to run on AT&T's 4G LTE network.

-- Press release courtesy of AT&T

 

Matt M. Myftiu

Matt Myftiu has been a journalist for two decades with a focus on technology, NASCAR and autos.

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