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John Chen: BlackBerry Classic is for you

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BlackBerry Classic launch apparently moved to December

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Building for the BlackBerry Classic webcast for developers

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Developers, get your apps ready for the BlackBerry Classic

The trackpad is back!

BlackBerry Classic caught in high quality photos

Classic knows how to party!

BlackBerry Classic spotted again in new batch of photos

BlackBerry Envy

This photo will make you drool

Classic - The taste of a new generation!

BlackBerry Classic caught on video!

Shortcuts the classic way

BlackBerry Classic signals return of 'keyboard shortcuts'

Old school meets new school

BlackBerry Classic appears once again in new batch of photos

The tool belt is back!

BlackBerry Classic caught posing for the camera

Affordable. Classic. Innovative. Prestige.

BlackBerry 2014 device roadmap

trackpad fans rejoice

BlackBerry Classic internal specs appear via Geekbench

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The numbers are in, 73 percent of CrackBerry readers still want to see another all touch BlackBerry released

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Announcing the winner of our BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic IOU contest!

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Reminder: Last day to enter to win a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic!

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CrackBerry Nation has spoken - over 50% of you are looking forward to the Passport over the Classic

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CrackBerry Asks: BlackBerry Passport vs. BlackBerry Classic - Which do you prefer?

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First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport
News & Rumors | 440 Comments First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport And there we have that! The first official look at the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport alongside the BlackBerry Z3. John Chen has spent a lot of time talking about the BlackBerry Passport device during the annual meeting and describing expectations for it and noting it will come in...

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Oct 29, 2014 John Chen: BlackBerry Classic is for you
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BlackBerry Classic

The recently-released BlackBerry Passport is just one of the new things that's coming to BlackBerry fans — there's the BlackBerry Classic coming as well, bringing the, well, classic BlackBerry trackpad and control buttons to the modern BlackBerry 10.3 OS. The Classic is expected by the end of the year, but in the meantime, BlackBerry CEO John Chen is engaging in some rallying of the troops. He wants you to remind you of what BlackBerry's about, and that the Classic is a distillation of the BlackBerry spirit and ethos.

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Oct 28, 2014 BlackBerry Classic launch apparently moved to December
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Since April, BlackBerry fans looking to get their hands on a BlackBerry Classic have had a November timeframe of release to look toward based on comments from BlackBerry CEO John Chen, but it seems somewhere along the line, that launch window changed a bit and we'll have to wait a bit longer.

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Oct 24, 2014 BlackBerry to hold a 'Build for the BlackBerry Classic' webcast for developers
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BlackBerry to hold a 'Build for the BlackBerry Classic' webcast for developers

With the BlackBerry Classic due to be released in the coming month, BlackBerry want to make sure there will be apps available for the device come its release. As we know the BlackBerry Classic brings back the so called 'toolbelt' that encompasses the trackpad, menu and back keys, as well as a call and end key. Hence, the name 'Classic'. This does mean that apps need to be developed differently to the way in which they would be developed for the other BlackBerry 10 devices currently available. So, BlackBerry will be holding a webcast entitled 'Building for the BlackBerry Classic' to help developers create those apps.

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Oct 16, 2014 Developers, make your BlackBerry Q10 apps part of the BlackBerry Classic launch
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The BlackBerry Classic launch is just around the corner and just like previous device releases, BlackBerry has now sent out emails to developers letting them know they'll need to get their apps ready. In this case, where the Classic shares the same 720x720 screen resolution as the BlackBerry Q10, there's a lot of apps that are already ready for launch and as such those apps will automatically be made available. However, developers who wish to ensure the apps will indeed work correctly and as expected have the option of opting out of the automatic availability.

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Oct 15, 2014 BlackBerry Classic caught yet again, skips the blurry cam this time around
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Although leaks of the BlackBerry Classic haven't exactly been plentiful over the past few months since it's unveiling, it would seem as though as we get closer to its expected launch date things have picked up. Just the other day, some new images of the hardware popped up but now yet another batch has appeared. This time around, the device has been captured in some higher quality images by the folks over at SmartMania and are perhaps, the best look at the BlackBerry Classic yet. Enough talk though, jump below to have a look through all the photos.

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Oct 14, 2014 BlackBerry Classic spotted again in new batch of photos
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It would seem as though if you want to get your hands on a BlackBerry Classic ahead of schedule, you'll have to pack your bags and head to Shenzen. Although the BlackBerry Classic has been spotted several times already, someone decided to throw a BlackBerry party and in attendance was a BlackBerry Classic and it got caught posing for some new photos.

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Sep 25, 2014 A drool-worthy BlackBerry photo
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BlackBerry Envy

As a longtime BlackBerry addict and gadget lover in general, it's pretty rare (read: never) that I feel envious of another person's tech collection. That said, I just had one of those moments where I felt true envy.

The photo above was just tweeted to me by Barry Lapthorne, who in addition to his trusty BlackBerry Z30 is rock'n ALL of the latest and yet to be released BlackBerry 10 phones (Z3 excluded). He has the just-announced BlackBerry Passport, in white no less; the also-brand-new Porsche Design P'9983; and he even has the yet to be released BlackBerry Classic. I've never seen these four devices lined up like this before, so just had to immediately share the photo with CrackBerry Nation.

I'm drooling. Consider me envious, Barry. Nice collection!

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Sep 23, 2014 BlackBerry Classic caught on video!
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While we're only mere days away from the official unveiling of the BlackBerry Passport, the next device in the BlackBerry release line up has just now appeared in a new video. Yes, that would be the BlackBerry Classic in case you weren't sure. Coming to us from @DHabkirk and DTBlackBerry, this is pretty much the best look at the BlackBerry Classic to date aside from when BlackBerry CEO John Chen showed it off, so sit back and check it out. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Sep 15, 2014 BlackBerry Classic could bring the return of original 'keyboard shortcut' options
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Fans of BlackBerry OS have been missing something on QWERTY BlackBerry 10 devices. Some would even go so far as to say it's a very crucial and sadly missed feature. If you're a QWERTY device user, you probably already know what I'm referring to without even reading any further. Keyboard shortcuts. They were awesome on BlackBerry OS and allowed BlackBerry users to unleash some truly powerful productivity with very minimal effort. Sadly, they were stripped out of BlackBerry 10 and while some were replaced, they were never recreated at full capacity but instead simply just used for speed dial contacts.

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Sep 13, 2014 BlackBerry Classic appears once again in new batch of photos
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With one batch of BlackBerry Classic photos having already arrived via DTBlackBerry on Weibo, we were pretty much guaranteed to see more appear and that's exactly what was happened. This time around the images are looking a little more cleaned up and offer up a better look at the device many folks are waiting to get their hands on.

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Sep 06, 2014 BlackBerry Classic caught posing for the camera
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So, you're not a fan of the BlackBerry Passport and have been waiting to hear more about the BlackBerry Classic? Good news! It would seem as though now that the Passport is getting closer to availability, we're starting to see just a bit more of the Classic sneak and the device has been caught posing a bit for the camera.

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Aug 25, 2014 BlackBerry's 2014 device roadmap gets laid out
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If you're a regular CrackBerry reader, then BlackBerry's 2014 device roadmap shouldn't come as any surprise. It's entirely comprised of the devices that have either been confirmed or rumored for quite some time now such as the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic, LTE BlackBerry Z3 (Manitoba) and finally, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 (Khan).

That said though, the internal documents leaked by N4BB still offer up a valuable look at how BlackBerry views the devices and who exactly, they're aiming to sell them to as it's outlined by market segments such as Affordable, Classic, Innovative, and Prestige. You can probably guess which device goes in which section without even really looking at the documents.

As expected, there's some timing outlined here for all the devices on the roadmap and as noted officially the BlackBerry Passport will be launching in Q3 2014 along with the BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983, which has yet to be officially announced but has now appeared fully. Given that device has been getting certified over the past few weeks alongside the BlackBerry Passport in certain regions, it would seem BlackBerry is entirely on track with that one. Coming with those devices releases is also BlackBerry OS 10.3, which many are now already running on their device thanks to leaks and some new beta programs.

Once those devices are released, BlackBerry then moves into Q4 2014 and plans to release the BlackBerry Classic along with BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. From there, all previous BlackBerry 10 devices such as the Q5, Q10 and Z10, Z3 and Z30 will also receive their update to BlackBerry OS 10.3.1. Of course, pending carrier certification and such which we all know is the real time consuming process for everyone.

Perhaps the odd thing here is that the LTE BlackBerry Z3 isn't noted for any release on the documents above and it looks as though the BlackBerry 9720 has a life span extended all the way into 2015. I'm not entirely too sure who exactly would be buying a 9720 in 2015 but then again, there's no telling how old these documents are either. We've seen similar documents that go back to May and even some of the imagery here is old, as it still uses the red accents. But everything else looks to be in place and more notably, on track based on all the other info.

And finally, any internal document leak wouldn't be complete without some standard target segment info. A look at whom they expect to sell the devices to. Sure, the wording and images used are a bit funny but it's not far from the truth and BlackBerry is paying attention audience. Something that is going to be crucial to actually selling the devices as they launch them.

Overall, most of the stuff here was rather known before but it's interesting to see it all laid out. Now BlackBerry just has to get all the device out there and into the hands of the people. What do you all think? Are they hitting the right areas? Too many devices? Not enough devices? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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Aug 12, 2014 BlackBerry Classic internal specs appear via Geekbench
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While many folks are waiting for the arrival of the BlackBerry Passport, we're reminded on a daily basis that many folks out there are also just as excited for the eventual arrival of the BlackBerry Classic. Aside from little bit and pieces of info and speculation, there hasn't been as much info about the Classic as yet. No early hands on, no sneaky blurry images, no full on spec sheets.

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Jul 20, 2014 The numbers are in, 73 percent of CrackBerry readers still want to see another all touch BlackBerry released
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The BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic are the next two devices set to arrive from BlackBerry. They're locked in and John Chen and his team are readying the rollout for each right now. The issue there though, for some, is that both of those devices are QWERTY keyboard devices leaving those who like all touch devices such as the Z10 and Z30 with nothing to really upgrade to. Last week we put up a poll asking, Are you still hoping for another all touch BlackBerry device to be announced? The poll got 8,589 votes and with them now being added up, here's how the numbers are looking.

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Jul 02, 2014 Announcing the winner of our BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic IOU contest!
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It's a wrap. With over 11,000 comments on our 'Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport' contest, we've finally chosen the winner of an IOU for either device upon release and the lucky winner this time around is.....

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Jun 30, 2014 Reminder: Last day to enter to win a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic!
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If you're looking to get either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic upon release and don't want to pay for it, then you'll certainly want to get yourself entered into our CrackBerry contest. This is the last chance reminder. The contest will close TONIGHT at midnight PST and after that no more entries will be accepted and a winner will be chosen. If you win, as soon as your chosen device is available for purchase by us and compatible with your carrier, we'll buy one for you, ship it out to you and it's all yours.

How To Enter:

Simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment over on this article letting us know which of the two phones you'd want to win, and why. Contest is open worldwide.

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Jun 24, 2014 CrackBerry Nation has spoken - over 50% of you are looking forward to the Passport over the Classic
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The numbers are in! Yesterday we put up a poll asking everyone which new BlackBerry device they prefer. The BlackBerry Passport or the BlackBerry Classic? Over 7,000 people voted on the poll and the results are a bit, perhaps, surprising.

As it stands, 50.29 percent opted for the BlackBerry Passport with 3,719 votes, while 32.89 percent opted for the BlackBerry Classic with 2,432 votes. The remaining amount went with the 'I love both!' option and made up 16.82 percent with 1,244 votes.

Don't forget, we're giving away either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic so be sure to enter, you could end up winning your choice of device!

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Jun 23, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: BlackBerry Passport vs. BlackBerry Classic - Which do you prefer?
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Now that it has been a few days and folks have had some time to gather up all the available details about the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic, we figured we'd put up a poll to see where each device stands in terms of love from BlackBerry fans.

On one hand the BlackBerry Passport is a new style from BlackBerry and many people after having seen the real deal have changed their thoughts on it. On the other hand, the BlackBerry Classic looks like an an aggressive revamp of the much loved Bold line and has won many people over based on that alone.

So, which do you prefer? Passport? Classic? Let us know in the poll or drop your thoughts on both devices in the comments. We'll do a follow up after a day or so and let everyone know which device came out on top!

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Jun 22, 2014 Want the BlackBerry Classic Wallpaper? Download it now
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There's still a bit of a wait before you can get your hands on the BlackBerry Classic but if you're looking to ease into the transition you can now download the wallpaper that BlackBerry CEO John Chen showed off on the device for your BlackBerry Q10 or Q5. Looks pretty sharp on my Q10 currently. Of course, you can also customize it yourself if you wish by doing things such as inverting the colors and making it a black & white version if you wish. You can head on into the CrackBerry Forums and grab the full resolution version. Thanks, Dylan!

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Jun 19, 2014 Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening
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[Update: Sorry, Drizzy might be a BlackBerry user but BlackBerry has now let us know, they are NOT in conversations with Drake]

Over the years on the CrackBerry Forums there has been plenty of talk about celebs who could be a suitable brand ambassador for BlackBerry. Rumors were aplenty that, once upon a time, Justin Bieber was being considered but among the community suggestions tossed out there you'll find long time BlackBerry user Drake high on the list. His BlackBerry use has been well documented in photos, music and has most notably written a few of his songs entirely on a BlackBerry.

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Jun 17, 2014 My Classic BlackBerry
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Call me crazy, but one of my all time favorite BlackBerry smartphones was the Style, at least in design. I was a huge fan of the form factor and it harkened back to a simpler time. Very nostalgic. The exterior screen was great for notifications, almost like a smartwatch, and the small, folded design meant it just disappeared in my pocket. Open it up, however, and it became a no-compromise smartphone, and not just any smartphone, but a BlackBerry with a full physical keyboard. It wasn't their best keyboard, but still much more satisfying than a virtual counterpart, especially at the time. I also thought it was the best looking phone to date. If Pininfarina had designed a BlackBerry, it would've been the Style. Like I said, call me crazy.

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Jun 14, 2014 The Beta Test is Over.
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BlackBerry Classic Keyboard

New BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already proven to be a very pragmatic leader, willing to make difficult decisions in order to keep the company afloat. He has said on many occasions that he'll exit the handset segment entirely if it proves to be in the best interest of the company, but has also made it clear that it's among the last things he wants to do. BlackBerry smartphones maintain the company's identity and are truly their heart and soul, but they've also become a financial burden that can't be ignored.

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Jun 02, 2014 Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport!!!
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Login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this article for your chance to win an IOU for a BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry Passport (windermere) when it becomes available!!

UPDATE: The BlackBerry Windermere is officially the Passport — the BlackBerry Classic will be launching in November!

June is here and I wanted to start the month with an awesome CrackBerry contest. I was thinking about giving away an in-market phone like the BlackBerry Z30 or Q10, but I know so many of you in our CrackBerry audience are already looking forward to two new flagship BlackBerry 10 devices that will be coming to market in the months ahead: the BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry Passport.

The BlackBerry Classic has already been officially announced by BlackBerry, and brings the traditional BlackBerry trackpad and menu and back buttons to the BlackBerry 10 experience. The "Windermere" is still rumored, but is looking to be pretty 'effen cool, with some crazy specs that include a BIG display and a capacitive touch keyboard. If you win this contest, you'll get an IOU for whichever device you choose, as soon as the phones become available. For more info on these phones, visit our BlackBerry Classic or BlackBerry "Windermere" topic pages.

How To Enter:

Simply login to CrackBerry.com and leave a comment to this article letting us know which of the two phones you'd want to win, and why. Contest is open worldwide. Contest ends midnight PST on June 30th.

That's it for this one. Enter. Enter now. And good luck!!

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May 26, 2014 I hope the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad lights up and powers down like it does on the Bold 9900
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Lit Up Trackpad

Or more specifically, I hope like the BlackBerry Bold 9900, there is a ring or design element around the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad that lights up for notifications, and is last to turn off when the screen / keyboard backlighting powers down.

I had this realization when I was out for dinner with my cousin Vinny on the weekend. He was on his Bold 9900 all night, and the room was fairly dark, and every time he put the phone back down on the table I couldn't help but notice that awesome power down sequence which has the trackpad turning off last (see instagram video below).

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May 25, 2014 The real reason My Cousin Vinny downgraded from the BlackBerry Z10 to a Bold 9900 and is waiting on the Classic...
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"Because I can use it way better while driving"

Ok, Ok. Now before you go ripping Vinny apart in the comments, let me tell the full story here.

My cousin Vinny isn't Joe Pesci. He's actually the guy below.

And Vinny isn't technically my cousin. In reality, he's my fiancée's godmother's sister's daughter's boyfriend (and that's the truth). He's also a hardcore BlackBerry user. Not hardcore in the sense that he lives in CrackBerry's forums and knows everything there is to know about the device. He mainly uses his BlackBerry as a communication tool and he uses it a LOT.

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May 15, 2014 From the forums: The BlackBerry Classic concept gets a revamp
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Concept time once again and this one is a reworked version from regular forum poster DYLANHABKIRK who initially brought us a concept of the BlackBerry Classic/Q20 a short while back. But in true CrackBerry style he took onboard the comments that were left in the post and tweaked the design - good on him!

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Finally! My wife wanted to switch to BB10 but didn't want to give up her trackpad and BB button, so she has stuck with her BB9900. Now she will be able to join the BB10 experience! Can't wait for this phone to be released.

does anyone know for certain if Verizon will carry the Classic, if so when will they make it available to the public?

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