BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T
News & Rumors | 217 Comments BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T Right on time. As was announced earlier this month, AT&T set the release date for both the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic for February 20th and if you head on over to the AT&T website right now, you'll find both devices are now live and ready to be ordered online. If the...

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Jul 02, 2015 New rumor claims Android-powered BlackBerry 'Venice' slider headed to AT&T
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It would seem as though the Android-powered BlackBerry rumors are continuing to flow. Adding to the already mounting rumors that BlackBerry is building an Android smartphone is longtime leaker @evleaks who noted on Twitter that the slider, which has taken on the name 'Venice' will be Android-powered and headed to AT&T.

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Feb 20, 2015 BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T
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BlackBerry Passport and Classic now available for purchase from AT&T

Right on time. As was announced earlier this month, AT&T set the release date for both the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic for February 20th and if you head on over to the AT&T website right now, you'll find both devices are now live and ready to be ordered online.

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Feb 16, 2015 BlackBerry Classic arrives on AT&T February 20th
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BlackBerry Classic now available through AT&T

As previously announced during CES 2015, AT&T has now laid down the arrival date of the BlackBerry Classic and let us know it will be made available for purchase through their site and in stores on February 20th. AT&T customers looking to pick one up can expect to lay down $49.99 with a new two-year agreement to call one their own. If you're not into contracts, AT&T is also offering the BlackBerry Classic for $419.99 outright.

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Feb 05, 2015 It will soon be a lot easier to unlock a phone from America's top carriers — here's what you need to know
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US carriers will soon start unlocking phones the easy way

The top five carriers in the United States will on Feb. 11 implement new unlocking procedures for smartphones, tablets, and other cellular devices sold on their networks. The new unlocking standards were set forth by the CTIA in late 2013 and, though a voluntary commitment by the carriers, define the conditions under which carriers must unlock your devices — and it's all looking good for the consumer. Once you've paid off your phone, you'll probably be able to get it unlocked, and it'll be even easier with future smartphones.

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Jan 22, 2015 AT&T BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC
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AT&T BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC

In some slightly obvious but still somewhat surprising news, the AT&T BlackBerry Passport has just now slid through the FCC. Despite being announced at CES 2015, the actual submission to the FCC for the AT&T specific BlackBerry Passport was only submitted on January 7th, 2015. The next stop is almost certainly the actual arrival on AT&T and the FCC documents may possibly hint at that as well or at the very least break down a closer timeframe.

All of the confidentiality agreements with the FCC expire on January 22nd, 2015 with the exception of the photos the FCC normally takes of the device, user manuals and other tidbits we're not supposed to see so maybe AT&T will show availability soon? Here's to hoping. You can sign up for direct updates on the AT&T BlackBerry Passport through the AT&T site right here.

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Jan 20, 2015 For $5-a-month, AT&T subscribers can now place unlimited calls to Mexico
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$5-a-month gets unlimited calls to Mexico on AT&T

AT&T has revamped their AT&T World Connect $5 monthly international calling package to offer unlimited calls to Mexico. The news comes just days after AT&T got approval from the Mexican government for a $2.5 billion acquisition of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest cellular carrier.

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Jan 07, 2015 Hands-on with AT&T's redesigned BlackBerry Passport
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There's a new BlackBerry Passport in town, and it's meant for AT&T's network. The phone sports a redesigned case on the outside, but on the inside is for all intents and purposes identical. But why a new design? Because AT&T wanted it that way.

Here it is compared to the standard Passport where you can really see the differences between the two — AT&T's has a lot more gentle curve to it than the more edgy regular Passport.

Compared to the BlackBerry Classic you can really see the design inspiration — AT&T's preference for curves is evident on both devices. It's as if AT&T said "Can you make a version of the Passport that looks more like the Classic?" and BlackBerry happily obliged.

So that's the new AT&T BlackBerry Passport. It's a more rounded, slightly more comfortable version of the standard BlackBerry Passport, and it's coming to Ma Bell for $199.99 on contract, $649.99 off contract, or on monthly payments with AT&T Next. It's got more curves but inside's just the same — let us know what you think of this AT&T-only version of the Passport!

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Oct 31, 2014 AT&T upping data available on $40 and $70 plans
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AT&T is bumping up data allotments on their $40 and $70 plans from 2 GB to 3 GB and 4 GB to 6 GB, respectively. The change kicks in November 2 and applies to Mobile Share Value plans.

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Sep 24, 2014 AT&T getting exclusive on BlackBerry Passport when it launches in the USA
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AT&T will have BlackBerry Passport US exclusive… someday

When the BlackBerry Passport launches with a US carrier partner, it will be AT&T. So said BlackBerry CEO John Chen at today's Passport launch event, along with the expectation that the newest and squarest BlackBerry smartphone will cost around $250 with a contract, presumably the same from AT&T as well.

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Aug 26, 2014 AT&T rolling out 10.2.1.3014 software update
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If you've been waiting for the latest AT&T update on your BlackBerry 10 device, you might want to go ahead and check for updates. According to several reports, along with confirmation from within Sachesi, AT&T is now rolling out software update 10.2.1.3014 or otherwise known as OS 10.2.1.3337 on the BlackBerry Z10 as well as the BlackBerry Q10.

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Jul 23, 2014 Strong subscriber growth powers AT&T's Q2 2014 earnings
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Strong subscriber growth powers AT&T's FQ2 2014 earnings

AT&T had a great quarter that was driven by the addition of 2 million new users to its wireless and wireline businesses. Combined with the rest of its operations, the carrier reported that revenues were up 1.6 percent, meaning that it took in $32.6 billion. The carrier noted a higher $1 billion operating expense compared to a year ago at $27 billion giving it an operating income of $5.6 billion.

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May 18, 2014 AT&T acquiring DirectTV
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AT&T acquiring DirectTV

AT&T has announced that they're planning to buy DirectTV. Rumored for weeks, the deal would give AT&T access to 20 million DirectTV customers and, theoretically, make them more competitive with Comcast, which is in the midst of their own merger with Time Warner Cable.

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Apr 16, 2014 AT&T rolling out BlackBerry 10.2.1 update for Z10 and Q10
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AT&T rolling out BlackBerry 10.2.1 update for Z10 and Q10

After a few early hints last night, BlackBerry 10.2.1 has started rolling out officially on the AT&T Z10 and Q10.

BlackBerry 10.2.1 adds in quite a few welcome features, such as a pinch gesture in the hub to filter the view, direct installation of Android .APK files, a customizable quick settings menu, and many, many more new features. If you're looking to update, just swipe down from the top of the screen, go to Settings, and scroll down to Software Updates.

AT&T customers, do you already have 10.2.1 on your BlackBerry Z10 or Q10? Was it worth the wait?

Source: AT&T

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Feb 26, 2014 AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more
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AT&T lights up LTE in 12 markets across the nation, brings 4G to coverage to 300,000 more

The build-outs of the LTE networks of AT&T and Verizon in the United States have hit the point where they're covering smaller cities in 4G radio signals. In fact, just today Ma Bell announced that they're flipping the switch to turn on AT&T LTE coverage in 12 municipalities around the United States, though the largest in this batch is Bismark, North Dakota, population: 65,000. There used to be a time when a single new LTE network meant millions were covered — now it takes a dozen new markets to cover a mere 300,000. We're on the long tail of the LTE coverage build-out now. The full list of new AT&T LTE coverage follows.

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Feb 25, 2014 AT&T rolls out unlimited international messaging for texts, pictures, and video
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AT&T rolls out unlimited international messaging for texts, pictures, and video

If you happen to be on one of AT&T's Mobile Share plans and have friends, relatives, acquaintances, coworkers, or just people you want to message with that happen to live outside of the United States, then we've got good news: AT&T is making international messaging free on February 28th.

In addition to the free messaging, AT&T is rolling out reduced international calling rates. The new World Connect Value package that includes 1¢ per minute calls to "over 35 countries, including Canada and Mexico." Those other countries are located exclusively in the Caribbean and Central and South America, and tiny nations like St. Pierre and Miquelon are counted among them.

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Feb 24, 2014 AT&T adds international LTE roaming in Spain, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and 8 other countries
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AT&T adds international LTE roaming in Spain, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and 8 other countries

Late last year saw AT&T adding international LTE roaming in Canada and the UK, and today they're adding 13 more nations to the list. If the added services are treated in the same way as AT&T's deals with EE in the UK and Rogers in Canada, the rates charged for the "Data Global" add-ons won't change with the addition of LTE services, though AT&T did not say if that would be the case in their press release. AT&T put a full list of the countries where you'll be able to get LTE speeds while roaming starting today:

Today, AT&T has expanded its international LTE footprint to now include Spain, France, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Guam, Hong Kong and Antigua & Barbuda. AT&T is committed to providing its customers a wider global footprint to enjoy LTE data speeds. In fact, AT&T currently has agreements to allow for LTE roaming in over 200 countries.

It's worth noting that there are still hurdles to getting LTE roaming working. AT&T and the LTE carriers in Canada use different LTE bands, so it may be hit or miss whether or not your specific phone will be able to roam onto LTE while abroad. Thankfully, modern smartphones are consolidating more and more LTE bands into single devices (manufacturing is just easier that way), so your chances are much higher if you have a fairly new phone.

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Jan 22, 2014 Want a BlackBerry Z30 from AT&T? Sign this petition and let them know!
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Bring the Z30 to AT&T!

I love it when the BlackBerry community takes action, and that's exactly what's happening this week. Nick Cooper (@Nickc1307 on the twitters) wants to buy a BlackBerry Z30 from his carrier, AT&T.

Of course, AT&T is not currently selling the BlackBerry Z30. To date, the 5" touchscreen BlackBerry 10 phone has been a Verizon exclusive and there has been no real indication that is going to change anytime soon.

So while it may not help, it certainly won't hurt to let them know you'd love to see the Z30 come to AT&T too. Be sure to jump over to petitions24 at the link below and sign the petition. Let's do this!

Sign the Bring the Z30 to AT&T Petition!

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Jan 03, 2014 AT&T dishing out up to $450 for convert T-Mobile users
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In what seems like a never ending battle between the two carriers, AT&T is now offering up to $450 for T-Mobile users who switch services. Starting today, AT&T users can trade in their old devices to receive a promo card of up to $250 and also an additional $200 per line when changing their service to an AT&T next plan, buying a phone at full price or activating a device they currently own.

Overall it's not such a bad deal if you have T-Mo service in your area. Also a pretty bold move by AT&T. Check out the press release below for more.

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Dec 20, 2013 BlackBerry Z30 with AT&T bands heads through FCC
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Verizon is holding onto the "exclusive" tag on the BlackBerry Z30 at the moment, but if the FCC tells us anything, that might all change soon. Forums member LutherSnow74 spotted a new device heading through the FCC -- and it looks to be a Z30 model with AT&T bands. 

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Dec 09, 2013 AT&T now offers international LTE roaming to Canada
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Good news for North American travelers as AT&T has announced today that customers who travel to Canada will now be able to take advantage of LTE speeds. With a little help from Rogers, AT&T is the first carrier to offer international LTE roaming. So when you're hopping the border you no longer have to worry about losing speed on your LTE device.

Check out the press release below and hit the comments to discuss!

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Jul 29, 2013 BlackBerry Q5 possibly heading to AT&T
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Previously noted to be arriving on Fido and Koodo in Canada, it seems as though the BlackBerry Q5 could also be making its way to AT&T as well according to some new information posted by @evleaks, who has a pretty solid track record for such things.

The information doesn't offer up any details on when exactly or any pricing but for some, just knowing it may arrive is enough considering the amount of folks who've been asking if they could import one from Canada for use on AT&T. We'll keep our ears and eyes open for more info should it pop up.

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Jul 16, 2013 AT&T announces 'AT&T Next' - Offers customers yearly upgrades on payment plans
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T-Mobile created a ton of headlines recently when they announced their new JUMP upgrade program for customers. Not one to stand by and watch the competition get ahead, AT&T has now announced 'AT&T Next', a new way of financing and upgrading handsets. As part of Next, AT&T customers will have the ability to upgrade their handset with no money down every 12 months assuming you sign up for a payment plan with your device from the beginning.

In short, AT&T will now allow you to buy a new device on a payment plan with no down payment but you'll be paying the full, unsubsidized price over equal monthly payments for 20 months. After you're 12 months into that payment plan, you can opt to trade in your undamaged, working device and receive a brand new one with again no down payment and the remaining 8 months of your previous device payments will be wiped out. 

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Jul 12, 2013 AT&T and Best Buy lower pricing on the BlackBerry Z10
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If you don't mind two-year contracts and are looking to pick up a BlackBerry Z10, Best Buy and AT&T are your best bets right now in the US. Through the AT&T website and corporate stores you can now pick up a BlackBerry Z10 for $99.99 or less if you make of their ongoing trade-in offers, that's down from their original pricing of $199. 

Not good enough? Head on over to Best Buy where they've reduced the pricing even further. $49.99 will get you either an AT&T version or a Verizon version with the Verizon version coming in white or black. A lot of folks didn't like the Z10 pricing at launch, what about now?

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Jul 09, 2013 AT&T finally rolling out BlackBerry 10.1 update for the BlackBerry Z10
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If you're in possession of a BlackBerry Z10 on AT&T that's still running an older OS, now would be a perfect time to go ahead and check for updates. We're starting to see some cases of OS 10.1.0.2074 rolling out in the CrackBerry Forums plus, we've also received several emails from folks stating the update has finally arrived as well. Some changes noted in this release are:

  • Keyboard improvements including, word prediction by swiping up on letters to retrieve an entire word, delete words with a single swipe to the left, hide the keyboard with the spacebar or swiping down with two fingers
  • Setup Toolkit tutorials, BB made additional video tutorials available in the setup buffer
  • Improvements on post Balance activation instructions and made it easier to find instructions to switch between work spaces
  • Reworked user interface (UI )in the email/sms text entry field to better expose message actions (attach, formatting, importance flag)
  • Improved visibility in Hub for message service connectivity/status. Added yield sign graphic and top line status bar to emphasize connectivity problems. Added an “activity spinner” on manually invoked “refresh

The update should weigh in at around 334MB with it arriving OTA (Over The Air) in addition to being available through BlackBerry Link. If you're not seeing it OTA as of yet, give it some time to appear or try grabbing it through BlackBerry Link. Also of note, if you're running a leaked OS higher than this release, there's a good chance in it may not appear for you. In which case, if you want to be on an official build you'll need to downgrade via a factory reset and then download the official OS that way. Meanwhile, at Verizon HQ.

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Jul 02, 2013 AT&T rolling out software update 10.1.0.2030 to BlackBerry Q10 owners
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If you're on AT&T and making use of a BlackBerry Q10, you should go ahead and check for updates either through your device or through BlackBerry Link. Several reports in the CrackBerry Forums confirm AT&T has begun rolling out software update 10.1.0.2030 for the device but sadly, no change appears to of have gone with it. The underlying OS is noted to be 10.1.0.2121, so there's that. Feel free to drop by the forums and share whether or not you got the update and if so, what changes you're seeing with this release. Oh, and if you're a ticked off Z10 owner, there are some rumors for you as well.

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Jun 27, 2013 Digging into how carriers roll out BlackBerry OS updates
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AT&T BlackBerry Z10 10.1 update

Last week, AT&T cut short the rollout of a 10.1 update to the BlackBerry Z10. This is no doubt frustrating for AT&T customers who only have to glance sideways to their Z10-toting buddies on T-Mobile who are enjoying a generous batch of new features. So what’s the deal?

The short answer is that BlackBerry had pushed out the update before AT&T had completed their technical approval process (which is why BlackBerry was the one issuing the statement about it and not AT&T). It sounds like the snag was based on a process formality, and not an issue of some disastrous bug that required a clawback. It's entirely possible that the exact same update will go public with no changes after AT&T's done looking at it. Ultimately, very few users even had the chance to download the update since push notifications weren’t sent out, meaning it was only available to those that had recently rebooted their device or happened to hit their monthly update check during a small window.

Here’s what AT&T told us about their overall device testing process.

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Jun 21, 2013 PSA for AT&T Z10 owners: Your OS 10.1 update is still coming, just not today
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Well that was fun.

The OS 10.1 update that was posted earlier today has since been pulled. While it was live for a few hours this morning, it wasn't actually supposed to be pushed to devices today - at all.

It looks like someone flipped a switch a bit too soon, as BlackBerry has issued the following statement this afternoon:

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