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BlackBerry Passport Goes On Sale Weds. for $599

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Sep 22, 2014, 9:19 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen today said it will begin to sell the Passport smartphone on Wednesday. BlackBerry has provided few details about the device so far. It features a square shape that includes both a 4.5-inch touchscreen and a physical QWERTY keyboard. It also features a large antenna to aid reception and boasts 36 hours of continuous use. The phone, the first BlackBerry has released in a year, will run BlackBerry OS 10.3. It will be available in Toronto, London, and Dubai on Wednesday, and "a lot of places will have it" within two weeks. Chen didn't specify when it will go on sale in the U.S., but it will be sold directly to consumers, unsubsidized for $599.

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Sep 23, 2014, 1:28 AM


So if BlackBerry WANTS to sell this device directly to Verizon customers, Evil Red should have no problem allowing it to be sold to them. I haven't forgotten Verizon's empty promises of Any Device Initiative. One of the terms of the 700 megahertz spectrum Verizon won in auction was that they would allow any device which passed their security requirements on their network. We know Blackberries are secure if nothing else. This Passport is certainly not attractive. It remains to be seen if anyone actually wants one.
I would buy one if I could afford it, even though I'm quite happy with my Z1O. I would buy it solely for Blackberry 10.3 with Amazon App Store. I know 10.3 is supposed to come to the Z10, but a&t may never actually send out the update. My only is...
I've been holding my breath for that, but I really figured it was a lie from the beginning, just like locked cell phones.

There is no reason a sprint and verizon (or any CDMA) phone cant be used on each others networks. It is an artificially pla...
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