BlackBerry Passport Review
BlackBerry Reviews | 321 Comments BlackBerry Passport Review BlackBerry Passport ReviewA new twist on the classic QWERTY design by Bla1ze 24 September 2014 The BlackBerry Passport has finally arrived and it has brought a new twist to the classic QWERTY BlackBerry design. From the...

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Feb 24, 2015 Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available
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Leaked BlackBerry Passport OS 10.3.1.2480 upgrade files now available

Previously we let you all know BlackBerry was working on a fix for the Passport screen flicker issue and while there was no ETA mentioned, if you don't mind taking an unconventional route, you can try out that fix. OS 10.3.1.2480 has 'leaked' (using the term loosely because it's not a full autoloader) and it certainly does appear to be the fix for the BlackBerry Passport screen flicker issue.

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Feb 23, 2015 BlackBerry testing screen flickering fix for the BlackBerry Passport
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BlackBerry testing Passport screen flickering fix

If you're used to using leaks, then chances are you're fully aware of the 'screen flickering' issue that was present in early builds of BlackBerry 10.3.1 for the BlackBerry Passport. The bug, while random, would cause the screen to flicker off and on with no real pattern to it. When BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 started rolling out, that bug remained in the OS and since then, many folks have reported having the issue.

BlackBerry has spent the past few days looking into the matter, trying to pinpoint the exact cause and now according to BlackBerry Product Manager, Michael Clewley, BlackBerry may have a fix for it and they're currently testing it to ensure it actually fixes the issue. While there's no ETA for the fix to be sent out to customers, it's at least in the works and hopefully will be resolved soon. In the meantime, he shared a suggested workaround as well.

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Feb 21, 2015 Mobile Phones Direct now has the red BlackBerry Passport available on contract
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Mobile Phones Direct now has the red BlackBerry Passport available on contract

If you're in the U.K. and have been wanting to get your hands on the red BlackBerry Passport, your current options are SIM free from Clove or Amazon. However, not everyone can afford to fork out on a SIM free device. Now you don't have to. Mobile Phones Direct now has the red BlackBerry Passport available on contract.

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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 19, 2015 What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1
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What's new in BlackBerry OS 10.3.1

With BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 now official, that means there's plenty of new features to look at. This update, while applicable to all BlackBerry 10 smartphones, is mostly aimed at early BlackBerry 10 smartphone owners such as those using a Q5, Q10, Z10, Z3 and Z30 as the Passport and Classic both came with their own iterations of 10.3.x.

With that in mind, a lot of the features found on the Passport and Classic have transferred to older Blackberry 10 devices so there's some overlap in the 'what's new' from when the Passport and Classic were released. Let's have a look at what has been added, on the whole though, for all BlackBerry 10 devices.

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Feb 18, 2015 SaskTel lowers pricing on the BlackBerry Passport and Classic
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SaskTel offering deals on Passport and Classic devices

SakTel customers looking to get their hands on either a BlackBerry Passport or BlackBerry Classic can now do so for a little bit cheaper. The regional carrier that claims to cover 98% of Saskatchewan's population has reduced the pricing on both devices.

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Feb 16, 2015 AT&T exclusive version of the BlackBerry Passport available Feb. 20th
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AT&T exclusive version of the BlackBerry Passport now available

Have you been waiting for AT&T's exclusive version of the BlackBerry Passport to arrive? If you have, it arrives officially on February 20th. If you head on over to the AT&T website you can grab the details for the more rounded off version of the device.

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Feb 12, 2015 BlackBerry India hosting BlackBerry Passport giveaway
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If you live in India and want a chance to win a brand new BlackBerry Passport, you now have a chance to do so thanks to BlackBerry India. All you have to do is follow @BlackBerryIn on Twitter and answer a simple question they've set up via a Google Docs form and you're all set. You'll be entered to win a brand new BlackBerry Passport. Giveaway ends on Monday and is only open to India residents only.

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Feb 11, 2015 Buy a BlackBerry Passport and save $100 from now until Feb. 16
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Buy a BlackBerry Passport and save 00 from now until Feb. 16

BlackBerry is selling the unlocked black, white and red versions of the BlackBerry Passport for $100 less in a special online Valentine's Day sales promotion. The sales event will end on Monday. Feb. 16.

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Feb 05, 2015 Red BlackBerry Passport now available SIM free in the UK from Clove
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Just a quick heads up for you folk that have been waiting to order the red BlackBerry Passport over in the UK. Online retailer, Clove, now have the red variant available and in stock ready for you to order.

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Feb 03, 2015 Chef Randy Feltis shows off his creative use of the BlackBerry Passport
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Chef Randy Feltis shows off his creative use of the BlackBerry Passport

Have you ever wanted to make your own pop tarts? If so, Chef Randy Feltis, has a pretty awesome recipe for them called DIY Elvis pop tarts. They consist of peanut butter, bananas and bacon all in one and they look amazing. But what's even more amazing is his process of making them, which he shared with Cityline. You see, this Chef is also a BlackBerry Passport owner, which he calls the world's best phone and, in this case, his Passport was perfect for the DIY Pop Tart job. Check out the video.

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Jan 29, 2015 Big Game Day Sale! Save 15% on all BlackBerry accessories
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It's time to gear up and buckle down for this weekend's big game! No matter what team you're rooting for this year, we can all agree that 15% off all accessories here at ShopCrackBerry is a pretty sweet deal.

We've got cases, chargers, batteries, etc. for the hottest BlackBerry devices including the BlackBerry Passport, BlackBerry Classic, BlackBerry Z10, Blackberry Z30, BlackBerry Q10 and many more.

To receive 15% off your entire cart, use coupon code: GAME15 at checkout and you're all set! We also offer FREE shipping on all orders over $50 and provide expedited shipping options for those that need their order on the fly.

So, place your bets for your favorite team and save some serious cash on your favorite BlackBerry accessories because this deal is only going on until midnight, February 2.

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Jan 28, 2015 Use this Spigen Magnetic Clip to keep your OEM Leather Flip Case closed
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You may recall, back in December, I reviewed the OEM Leather Flip case for the BlackBerry Passport. It was not a case I was going to use again as I wasn't happy with it. The case was made with good quality but it was just a bit stiff that it didn't close properly and that was my main gripe. Even the fact that the case required you to stick it onto your Passport with adhesive didn't put me off. It was just that it didn't close. I tried to loosen it up. It helped to close it a bit further but if I opened the flip all the way to the back, to use the device, then it would just make it sit more open again.

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Jan 27, 2015 The SIM free BlackBerry Passport gets a discount in the UK for a limited time
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If you're considering picking up the BlackBerry Passport and are going down the SIM free route, now would be a good time to make your purchase. UK online retailer Clove have reduced the price of the Passport by £55 which is certainly a nice saving. This means you can get either the black or white Passport for just £399.00 including VAT.

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Jan 23, 2015 Limited Edition Black & Gold BlackBerry Passports have started arriving
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When BlackBerry announced the black and gold BlackBerry Passport, there were only 50 available, truly making it a limited edition device. Those 50 were snatched up pretty quickly and shipped out just as fast as they've now started arriving at buyers' doors.

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Jan 22, 2015 Do you own a BlackBerry Passport? Tell us why you love it!
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Since the release of the BlackBerry Passport, we've heard plenty of testimonials as to why people love their BlackBerry Passport. On Amazon, in forum posts, in device reviews and more. BlackBerry has now put together a video sharing some of what people are saying about their BlackBerry Passport and why they love it.

Rather than just sharing the video though, we figured there's no better time to ask you all if you're a Passport owner, why do you love it? For me, it's the keyboard and that massive display plus, the fact that it doesn't really look like any other device on the market. As one admirer of my red Passport told me, 'it looks like a piece of art, not a smartphone.'

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Jan 21, 2015 Limited Edition Black & Gold BlackBerry Passport on sale now for $899 [Update: It's sold out]
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Gold BlackBerry Passport

Update: It's not exactly a shock, but it appears that BlackBerry has now sold out of its limited edition Black & Gold BlackBerry Passport just a couple of hours after it went on sale.

Original story: As previously rumored. BlackBerry has started selling a limited edition version of its BlackBerry Passport, in black but with gold trim, for $899 in the US and $999 in Canada. Only 50 units of this version of the smartphone will be sold.

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Jan 16, 2015 Official Limited Edition gold and black BlackBerry Passport looks to be arriving soon
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While we've seen several luxury retailers hop into mix willing to customize your BlackBerry Passport with some gold trim, BlackBerry themselves have yet to offer such a thing but that might soon be changing. According to a new listing on the ShopBlackBerry Canada website, a limited edition gold and black BlackBerry Passport could be in the works. Here's what the site has to say about it.

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Jan 11, 2015 Most BlackBerry Passport owners use a combination of the display and keyboard for scrolling
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I recently threw out the question to you BlackBerry Passport owners of 'How do you scroll', as over the past few months I've found myself using the Passport's display to scroll rather than utilizing the magical powers that are in the hardware keyboard, which also allows for scrolling.

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Jan 10, 2015 The Stilgut Leather Flip Case is an elegant way to carry your BlackBerry Passport
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I'm quite partial to leather flip cases on my BlackBerry 10 smartphones, ever since I got a red one for the BlackBerry Z10. Back in November 2014, I reviewed the OEM leather flip case for the BlackBerry Passport and while it was pretty good quality and well made, there were more negatives for me and so I looked around for an alternative leather flip case. Many had suggested the Stilgut Leather flip case, so I decided to give it a try. 

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Jan 07, 2015 Which BlackBerry Passport version do you prefer? AT&T redesign or original square
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Which BlackBerry Passport version do you prefer? Rounded off or orignal square

Seeing as how the CrackBerry Forums have been busy debating the question, we figured we should put up a poll asking the rather obvious question as well. Now that there is the AT&T rounded off version and the original squared off version, which version does everyone out there actually prefer? The choice is a little bit harder than simply deciding upon a color, which was the biggest issue previously. Sound off in the poll and we'll see where everyone stands after a few days and get the results posted.

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Jan 06, 2015 CrackBerry Asks: BlackBerry Passport owners - How do you scroll?
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I've owned my BlackBerry Passport for a good few months now and it was only the other day that I realized that I very rarely take advantage of the scrolling gestures available on the Passport keyboard. Sure, I sometimes flick a predicted word into place when typing but I'm really talking about using the keyboard for scrolling within web pages and my most used applications such as Facebook, Twitter and iGrann.

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Dec 28, 2014 The ultimate BlackBerry hater is back and taking aim at the BlackBerry Passport
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The ultimate BlackBerry hater is back and taking aim at the BlackBerry Passport

The ultimate BlackBerry hater is back and this time around, he has taken aim at the BlackBerry Passport. J. Caloy has dropped a new video on YouTube where he reviews the BlackBerry Passport and well, it's just too much phone for him. The battery life is too good, the apps open too fast and the keyboard is just too awesome for its own good with its included trackpad capability. Downright terrible. Oh well. Can't please everyone. Check out the full video review below.

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I have the playbook and a blackberry z10. Love them both. Would be really nice to combine both of them into One :., The passport. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to enter the contest.

again blackberry leads the way in creative new concepts. .the o/s and programs offer a win win client experience. .a passport to satisfying and productive use...

i'm using blackberry Z10 rite now,hope i can be the first who used this blackberry,can't wait to see this passport, good shape, classic, just perfect...hoping available soon in my country

I own 6 blackberrys. One even has a small antenna. I am a diehard blackberry fan, never want any other.
This phone looks so fun to use, and quite an upgrade from my old school phones.
I don't know what to say, except, I REALLY want this phone..

Thank you for your consideration

Since I had my blackberry bold 9000, I didn't stop to be a blackberry lover and user. I love blackberry so much. Now I want to have the blackberry passport. It really looks so great and it still shows some elegance. I want this Blackberry Passport so much as in really badly.

I love to see a phone designed by Klingons lol, the only man phone I have ever seen, no more dainty curves or fluorescent colours . I will buy this thing ASAP to look different then everyone else and stab you in the eye with my corners if you piss me off, I hope I can sharpen them lol kablak

Blackberry (smh), this is a winning companies' phone; however (in the same BB fashion), they didn't go all out.
Watch as some other manufactures copy this phone and put in a 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution (Quad HD) which is the standards for phones , leaving BB in the rear AGAIN!
Come on blackberry stop coming late to the party!!..dang!

Hi! I m from Nepal and unable to access BlackBerry World.when I tried to open it says,"there was a connection problem.BlackBerry world must closed " please help me. how can I fix it? It bring a huge problem.i am unable to download any app

i am using a Q10, this a nice device to use for my personal, the only problem i am facing is battery backup, overall its an amazing device, much better then any android device.

I am a Q10 user and I absolutely love this phone too. Thinking of getting a Passport, but I am not sure yet. Forget Android, I got a S4 for work and after 2 days I sold it and bought my Q10. I don't want 4 mail folders on my home screen, a LED notification light that can't be configured properly and tonnes of useless stuff on my phone. If you want to play, buy an Android or Apple phone, if you looking for a professional phone, buy a Blackberry.

I am a Chinese, six months ago I started to pay attention BlackBerry Z10 phone, I like it very much, but in our country do not have, two months ago, I finally decided to "adventure" from the United States to buy one, then use to make me more like BlackBerry. See this Blackberry passport, so I was very surprised, very much like to have it, after seeing friends and colleagues are also very fond of, I believe this will make more people like blackberry passport!

this is great,so so unique and uncommon,this is witty invention,its look so nice,BRAVO BLACKBERRY.am sutre this will set another pace in the world of technology.

I am luvvin' the Passport.
Me want one.Me likey!!!.
The screen display looks as sharp as a tack,and it is so different to anything out there just now.
This should/must be the must have phone.
I love my Z10 to bits,and would not part with BB10 OS for a second.
But I would trade in my Z10 in a hearbeat for the Passport and BB10.3 :)

They still not seem to get it right: Passport sold out in UK and Germany, but still available in France, Canada and the US. Why does this always happen at the start? I have no idea about supply chains, and I understand that you need specific models for almost every country (QWERTZ, QWERTY etc.), but is it to bold to think that you'll sell more of those hot phones in large economies like UK and Germany than the few they might have sold from yesterday until this morning? WHY??? No ads, no marketing and no product on sale. If I had shares of BBRY, I'd sell today.

Got my Passport today. Screen is amazing. Love it. So, where do I get a SIM card for AT&T wireless for it? Tried to swap out a SIM card in an AT&T locked Q10, but it is too big.

If Blackberry is really serious about the rebirth of their smartphones and want to compete with Apple and Samsung, what rationale would support them not releasing the phone soon after its debut? Why the long wait for release in countries like the US where there are a number of consumers who want an alternative? Why not allow providers other than AT&T to offer the Passport when it finally comes to the US? In all, you can't sell pencils if there are no pencils on the shelf for the consumer to buy!!

I'll stay with my Z10 for a while.. might be skipping this Passport with 10.3.1 upgrade and wait for next offering from BB

Have posted 3 questions but no replies so far...
C'mon experts please say something...
Here are again my 3 questions:
Does the Blackberry Passport....
1) have Blackberry Bridge and internet tethering to connect with the Playbook?
2) work with the TMobile network?
3) run Whatsapp?

SO I went into the local ATT store with the wife to trade out her iPhone. I asked the rep if and when they may have a BB Passport.

He replied: "Never, we don't and wont carry that nor any BB in the stores you will have to go on line to buy when its available! Sad!

I would love love love to win a BlackBerry passport!!! Sign me up!!!

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I love my Passport! I am so glad I waited before purchasing a new smartphone. Perfect! Battery, camera, keyboard, hub...name it. I am no fan of bloat ware apps and do not play games on my smartphone so that deficiency is not a problem. Great device! I dunno about the red one though. It's called a BlackBerry...not a RedBerry (or white for our Canadian neighbors).

Blackberry phones Ha what a joke. I cracked the front screen and now the repair people say the camera and lens are cracked. Now is the touch screen the camera and lens then what is the object on the rear of the phone if not the camera. They also say that the entire front that is the screen and on the rear the camera and lens are one unit and costs more than a new phone