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BlackBerry Classic signals return of 'keyboard shortcuts'

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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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Drake as a BlackBerry brand ambassador? It could be happening

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Join the discussion in our BlackBerry Passport Forum!

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen shows off upcoming BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic smartphones

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First official look at the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport

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BlackBerry Classic still on track for November release

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My Classic BlackBerry

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The Beta Test is Over.

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Win a BlackBerry Classic or Passport!!!

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I hope the BlackBerry Classic's trackpad lights up and powers down like it does on the Bold 9900

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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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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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May 14, 2014 BlackBerry Classic and OS 10.3 arriving later this year
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In case you missed the fine print in today's earlier post about the OS 10.3 SDK, there were a few things that should be noted to clear up any confusion. While we all anxiously await the arrival of OS 10.3 and all that comes along with it, we won't be seeing it for a few more months still — but it won't be limited to just new BlackBerry devices.

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Apr 23, 2014 Another BlackBerry Q20 'Classic' concept hits the forums
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We all know that the BlackBerry Q20 is coming at some point this year and will be the first BlackBerry in the 'Classic' range so says CEO John Chen. There's a few things we know for sure that the Q20 will feature - such as a hardware keyboard and also the return of the optical trackpad and function keys. 

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Apr 21, 2014 BlackBerry Classic targeted for November release
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Although the BlackBerry Classic has already been officially announced by BlackBerry, the device never really was unveiled so to speak nor did BlackBerry really put a timeline on its release outside of saying 'The new smartphone will be available in the second half of 2014.' A recent interview between BlackBerry CEO John Chen and USA Today finally lays a little bit more of an official timeline on it for those who've been wondering.

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Mar 28, 2014 Three new high-end BlackBerry devices on the horizon, BBM for desktops getting a 'serious look'
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In speaking with Reuters, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said that within the next 18 months, he plans to introduce high-end devices that cater to the "keyboard aficionados." BlackBerry has at least three different devices in the works and that "the focus is going to be very keyboard centric."

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Mar 21, 2014 It looks like the CrackBerry nation could well be tempted back to a hardware keyboard with the BlackBerry Q20
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BlackBerry Keyboards

Since BlackBerry announced at Mobile World Congress that the BlackBerry Q20 is coming to market later this year and it would be sporting a hardware QWERTY keyboard - along with the trackpad and function buttons, we asked the CrackBerry nation if this news could bring you back to a physical keyboard BlackBerry 10 device if you've already made the transition over to all-touch. 

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Feb 27, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: Could the BlackBerry Q20 tempt you back to a hardware keyboard?
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Keyboards

With us know knowing that the next BlackBerry 10 hardware keyboard flagship device (the Q20/BlackBerry Classic) will see the return of the trackpad and function keys I was intrigued to discover if the news could indeed bring 'all touch' BlackBerry users back to their roots and switching over to a hardware keyboard. 

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Feb 26, 2014 Why is BlackBerry bringing the trackpad back?
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This week, during MWC in Barcelona, BlackBerry announced that we’ll soon see the return of the famous optical trackpad that so many of us loved prior to the launch of BlackBerry 10. I’m among the trackpad loving crowd, and I’m reminded of this every time I try to move the cursor around my screen to edit text on any of today’s typical touchscreen devices.

Last April I took a mini-rant to Twitter, suggesting that BlackBerry simply create a virtual trackpad that appears when I need it. 

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Feb 25, 2014 There will be many BlackBerry "Classic" models like the Q20
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Following BlackBerry's Mobile World Congress Press Conference, I had the chance to sit down with the company's VP of Global Product Management, Francois Mahieu. Francois has a broad range of responsibilities at BlackBerry related to bringing new devices to market and we had a delightful conversation of which I'll be following up with more details. While I work on that longer interview piece, I first wanted to follow up with more information on the BlackBerry Q20 that was announced.

The key Q20 clarification that Francois iterated to me during our conversation is that the Q20 is not a one off, but that "Classic" can be considered as a category of devices within BlackBerry's hardware portfolio. Over the years BlackBerry has had different ways of looking at their product families, and the current philosophy according to Francois now splits BlackBerry phones into one of four main categories:

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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.

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