BlackBerry Classic launch set for December 17th in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore
News & Rumors | 142 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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Dec 17, 2014 BlackBerry Classic Review!
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BlackBerry Classic

The wait is over. The BlackBerry Classic has now arrived, and it brings the promise of the speed and performance of BlackBerry 10 with the familiar and classic navigation keys you know and love. All that in a package that is 'designed from the ground up to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can only be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard'.

It's a device purposefully built to be reliable, durable, made with high-quality materials, and that delivers on quality and fits neatly in your pocket. From the official announcement of its eventual release back in February at Mobile World Congress 2014 to now, many folks have been waiting for the BlackBerry Classic and now that it's here, it's time to take a look and see if it delivers on all those points.

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Dec 19, 2014 BlackBerry Classic coming soon to Vodafone UK - but only for business customers!
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If you're a Vodafone customer in the UK I bring you both good news and bad. The company dropped me a quick email to advise that they would indeed be stocking the new BlackBerry Classic in early January, but only for business customers.

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Dec 18, 2014 BlackBerry Classic launched in Singapore
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BlackBerry Classic launched in Singapore

Following the launch of the BlackBerry Classic in New York, BlackBerry has now announced the BlackBerry Classic for Singapore as well. In Singapore, the device is available now through all of BlackBerry's major Singapore operators.

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Dec 17, 2014 BlackBerry Classic now available through Virgin Mobile Canada
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BlackBerry Classic now available through Virgin Mobile Canada

Live in Canada and want a BlackBerry Classic right now? If so, Virgin Mobile wants to hook you up with one. As listed on their site, you can now pick a BlackBerry Classic from the carrier for as little as $49.99 with a two-year agreement. The pricing gets tiered based on the plan options you choose with the month-to-month pricing ending up at $499.99.

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Dec 16, 2014 WIND Mobile to get BlackBerry Classic next month
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WIND Mobile to get Blackberry Classic next month

As anticipation heats up ahead of the Blackberry Classic's official launch, WIND Mobile has announced that will be bringing the device to the great white north next month.

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Dec 14, 2014 From the Editor's Desk: It's time for the BlackBerry Classic
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It's time for the BlackBerry Classic

February 25th, 2014 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That's when BlackBerry announced they would be releasing a keyboard phone with the classic trackpad and function keys, better known at that time as the BlackBerry Q20. Since then, the device has gone through a bit of a branding change, arguably for the better, thanks to BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen and it will be launched as intended on December 17th at events held in New York, Singapore and Frankfurt.

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Dec 12, 2014 BlackBerry Classic pre-orders sold out in North America
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BlackBerry Classic pre-orders sold out in North America

The BlackBerry navigation keys and trackpad are so popular that Shop BlackBerry has announced that the BlackBerry Classic is sold out of its pre-order inventory in North America ahead of a scheduled launch this month. According to BlackBerry's online shop, the $449 smartphone is expected to be re-stocked sometime in early January 2015. The device is still listed as being in-stock for other regions, including the U.K., France, and Germany.

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Dec 11, 2014 BlackBerry Classic Preview: Brick Breaker returns with trackpad controls
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 Brick Breaker returns with trackpad controls

Ah, Brick Breaker. The classic game that came pre-loaded on BlackBerry smartphones for years was a favorite time waster for many but when BlackBerry 10 arrived, it was left behind. Eventually, it was re-imagined for BlackBerry 10 and released into BlackBerry World but without trackpad navigation controls it just wasn't the same. Now though, with the upcoming arrival of the BlackBerry Classic, the trackpad is back and so is the trackpad navigation controls in Brick Breaker as highlighted in the video below by Donny from the Inside BlackBerry blog.

Personally, I'd still like to see a REAL classic version of Brick Breaker arrive on BlackBerry 10, perhaps with more added levels but the re-imagined version does still bring some nostalgia into the mix which is awesome. I'm a sucker for nostalgia.

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Dec 09, 2014 BlackBerry lays out the features of the BlackBerry Classic camera
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BlackBerry Classic camera features

For those of us already using a BlackBerry 10 device, the features of the camera built into the OS are no surprise. However, for the BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry is expecting to grab some customers who might not have yet used a BlackBerry 10 device such as those still using a Bold 9900 or other BlackBerry OS devices and might not know which features are offered on the platform. To help introduce some of them, Donny over at the Inside BlackBerry blog has given a run down of the features that will be coming with the BlackBerry Classic camera.

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Dec 08, 2014 BlackBerry Classic appears in white
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Although we had an idea the BlackBerry Classic would also be coming in white, thanks to the accessories arriving in the Shop CrackBerry Canada store giving us a side view of the device, we've now gotten a front on look at a media render of it thanks to the folks over at N4BB.

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Dec 05, 2014 BlackBerry preparing new accessories for Passport and Classic
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BlackBerry preparing new accessories for Passport and Classic

When the BlackBerry Passport was announced, it was noted to be coming with a rich ecosystem of accessories and while BlackBerry has thus far done a good job of getting the basics out such as the hard shell case, screen protectors as well as the leather flip case, that's pretty much where it has ended. That seems to be changing though as some new accessories for both the Passport and Classic have started to appear such as OEM charging docks and leather swivel holsters, some of which are available right now and for pre-order in our own Shop CrackBerry Canada store.

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Dec 03, 2014 Bell to carry the BlackBerry Classic in Canada
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Although it might seem rather obvious given their budget brand, Virgin Mobile, has started taking pre-orders at Best Buy we now know Bell is gearing up to sell the BlackBerry Classic directly as well. If you head on over to the Bell site and search for the device, you'll be taken to a 'coming soon' page, though it offers very few details and still lacks any pricing structure.

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Dec 02, 2014 Vodafone Germany now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic
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Vodafone Germany now taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry Classic

If you live in Germany and have been wondering whether or not Vodafone would be carrying the BlackBerry Classic there's now a definite answer for you and it's, yes. If you head on over to their website right now, you will find they've started taking pre-orders for the device with scheduling showing shipments will be sent out somewhere around mid-December (Going out on a limb here and saying Dec. 17th) for those who order.

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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.

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BlackBerry Classic

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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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