BlackBerry Classic launch set for December 17th in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore
News & Rumors | 133 Comments BlackBerry Classic launch set for December 17th in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore To close out the BlackBerry for Enterprise event today, BlackBerry CEO John Chen dropped the vital release details for the BlackBerry Classic that a lot of people have been waiting for. The BlackBerry Classic launch event has been set for December 17th in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore. Pricing for...

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Nov 26, 2014 Pre-release BlackBerry Classic gets reviewed ahead of December 17th launch
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A few days ago I was digging through Twitter and came across an account which showed off a pre-release version of the BlackBerry Classic. As there wasn't a whole lot of information to go along with it, I simply retweeted the tweet with the BlackBerry Classic and posted the images in the forums. Since then, the individual behind the account has been answering questions about the device for folks asking but has now posted up a rather simple review for everyone based on that pre-release hardware.

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Nov 24, 2014 Best Buy Canada now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic on Rogers and Virgin Mobile
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With Rogers having already started their pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic, big box retailer Best Buy Canada has joined in on the occasion as well. Best Buy Canada has added the BlackBerry Classic to their offerings and have now started taking in-store pre-orders for both Rogers and Virgin Mobile according to the holiday splash page that's now featured on their site. Sadly, that's where the information ends but at least we know there's more than one Canadian carrier that will have the BlackBerry Classic available for purchase. Of course, BlackBerry will gladly sell you one sans carrier as well.

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Nov 21, 2014 Pre-order the BlackBerry Classic SIM free in the UK
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We posted a short while ago that the forthcoming BlackBerry Classic was available to pre-order from ShopBlackBerry, but it now looks like the device is now available to also pre-order from a UK independent retailer.

Unlocked-Mobiles have added the BlackBerry Classic to their site this week and it comes with a price tag of £339.98 including VAT which seems very reasonable if you ask me.

They don't yet have a shipping date available, but we're still looking at mid December if all goes to plan.

Pre-order the BlackBerry Classic from unlocked-mobiles.co.uk

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Nov 20, 2014 BlackBerry offers up a look at how shortcut keys will work on the BlackBerry Classic
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Although I'm sure most CrackBerry readers are already aware, the BlackBerry Classic will see the return of some of the traditional BlackBerry shortcut keys plus bring the addition of the ability to create your own custom shortcuts. Following up on the first look at the hardware navigation keys on the BlackBerry Classic, Inside BlackBerry's Donny Halliwell has now shared a new video that shows you just how to use those keyboard shortcuts on the BlackBerry Classic.

The keyboard on the BlackBerry Classic, as you may have noticed, is reminiscent of the trusted (and imitated) BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard found on the still-popular (and available) BlackBerry Bold 9900. I've read in recent comments that many of you are still huge fans of the Bold, and still cling to it and similar devices, like the BlackBerry Curve, to make your real work happen[. We are listening, as John Chen explained earlier this month.

The great news for you is, in addition to the easy, familiar navigation made possible by the Classic Navigation Keys, the QWERTY keyboard comes with time-saving default shortcuts. Take advantage of these, or customize them to suit your personal needs. As you once could on your beloved BlackBerry Bold, you can make use of nearly every letter in the physical keyboard and give it an action like Speed Dial for a contact, or use them to launch your most-used apps.

On top of showing how the shortcut keys will work on the BlackBerry Classic, Donny also shared some of his favorite shortcuts and advanced tips for the device. Truth be told, a lot of them work on already available BlackBerry 10 QWERTY devices such as the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Q10 but, some of them only come by way of running leaked operating systems so they may not be known to everyone and as such, the BlackBerry Classic could be their first experience with using them.

  • Launch the Browser – B
  • Compose a Message – Within the BlackBerry Hub – C
  • Launch the Weather App – W
  • Launch the Calculator – U
  • Launch BBM – N
  • Lock BlackBerry Classic – K
  • Change Notifications to Silent – Q
  • Launch Settings – O
  • Open Contacts/Address Book – A
  • Launch Help – H
  • Within the Hub, browser and a number of other lists, you can press B to go to the Bottom and T to reach the Top.
  • When in a text field, like an email, BBM Message or SMS/Text, type "mypin" and hit the spacebar to display your PIN number.
  • Similarly, you can type "mynumber" to bring up your phone number, "LT" for the current time and "LD" for the date.
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Nov 18, 2014 BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK goes gold, Developer OS 10.3.1.997 now available
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BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK goes gold

The BlackBerry Classic is well on its way and to ensure developers can have their apps ready for it, BlackBerry has now released the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3.1 Native SDK along with a new developer OS (OS 10.3.1.997) for all devices.

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Nov 14, 2014 Join the BlackBerry Classic mosaic and be a part of the launch event!
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Join the BlackBerry Classic mosaic and be a part of the launch event!

With the BlackBerry Classic launch date now announced, BlackBerry is welcoming everyone to be a part of it in a really cool way. They've set up a mosaic of the BlackBerry Classic comprised entirely of images and tweets from Twitter based on the tweets you've been sending using the hashtag #INeedMyBB or #BlackBerryClassic.

You can hit Twitter now or head on over to the mosaic site to add yourself if you wish, right now. Additionally, if you've used any of those hashtags previously you can also search for (and find your spot) on the mosaic already. It's a fun thing to be involved in and although BlackBerry doesn't directly say it, I'm guessing they might feature it at the launch event. Maybe show people adding themselves in real time? That'd be sweet.

Add yourself to the BlackBerry Classic mosaic

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Nov 13, 2014 Win an IOU for a FREE BlackBerry Classic from CrackBerry!
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Leave a comment below and you could win an IOU for a FREE BlackBerry Classic!

Though it's not launching for a little over a month -- December 17th to be precise -- we know you some of you are very anxious to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Classic. We are equally as excited to get our hands on this device and can't wait for them to start shipping. So, let's pass the time with a contest for a FREE BlackBerry Classic! Keep reading to see how you can enter to win!

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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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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?

Does anyone think blackberry should re-ignite the torch series? Give it sharper screen and some half decent internal specs.

I am a Blackberry user for almost over 5 years and this is due to my business related compulsion during travelling. I really fail to understand why BB has not come with dual SIM option so far ? Is Mr. John Chan is not able to see where he is loosing ? Really surprising.

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