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TELUS to be one of the carriers to offer the BlackBerry Passport in Canada
News & Rumors | 90 Comments TELUS to be one of the carriers to offer the BlackBerry Passport in Canada Over the past few weeks now we've received several tips surrounding the list of Canadian carriers who are suggested to be releasing the BlackBerry Passport. It's comprised of all the usual suspects such as Bell, Rogers, and TELUS but unlike some previous device releases, everything surrounding...

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Aug 19, 2014 TELUS to be one of the carriers to offer the BlackBerry Passport in Canada
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Over the past few weeks now we've received several tips surrounding the list of Canadian carriers who are suggested to be releasing the BlackBerry Passport. It's comprised of all the usual suspects such as Bell, Rogers, and TELUS but unlike some previous device releases, everything surrounding the Passport has been rather hush-hush and the tips have never come along with the typical 'proof' people have come to expect.

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Aug 14, 2014 Carphone Warehouse give us a sneak peek at the BlackBerry Passport
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UPDATE - And just like that, Carphone Warehouse pulled the video. Guess they weren't really ready to give us a sneak peek. But hey, we found another copy because that's just how the internet works. ;)

Good news for BlackBerry fans in the UK that are awaiting the official launch of the Passport. It looks a sure fire thing that online & high street retailer Carphone Warehouse will be offering the new flagship BlackBerry 10 device as they have released the above video on their YouTube channel.

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Aug 13, 2014 BlackBerry Passport gets sized up and reviewed once again
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It seems as though the BlackBerry Passport is a device that just wants to be let loose. Ever since the official unveiling by John Chen, the next BlackBerry 10 device to come from BlackBerry has had a hard time staying out of the spotlight. Once again it has been sized up to some of its counterparts and earned yet another early review.

This time around it comes from @seb997 on Twitter, who has been sharing bits and pieces of Passport info for days now including OS update info and plenty of pictures. As seb997 notes in his review, he's not really a technical person but he put in his best effort on the review portion after being bombarded with questions.

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Aug 12, 2014 Vodafone Germany looks to be preparing for the BlackBerry Passport
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While its all been rather hush-hush when it comes to carriers who might be offering the BlackBerry Passport, it's looking as though Vodafone Germany is among the first to break the silence on the matter. Over at the Vodafone Germany forums, when questioned whether or not the carrier would eventually be offering the Passport, a forums moderator looked into the matter and came with the reply that they would indeed be making the device available to customers with an expected release of October but no pricing details were noted.

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Aug 11, 2014 CrackBerry Asks: Will you order the BlackBerry Passport ASAP?
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For once BlackBerry seems to be getting some all-round good media coverage leading up to the launch of the company's new flagship device - the BlackBerry Passport.

From a previous poll we ran a while back it seems that CrackBerry readers are very much more interested in the Passport than they are the Classic. Now, all being well (crosses fingers) we'll have our Passport review up around the time the device goes on sale. But I wanted to ask the question if you were planning to order the Passport based on just what you have seen so far?

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Aug 09, 2014 BlackBerry Passport receives GCF certification
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As I'm sure most folks know, smartphones have to go through several certifications before release and the GCF is most certainly among them. After landing at the FCC earlier the BlackBerry Passport has now been certified by the GCF.

What does it mean? Mostly that things are moving along behind the scenes for the BlackBerry Passport and everything seems to be on schedule for the noted September launch and eventual release.

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Aug 07, 2014 Why I'm switching to the BlackBerry Z30 until the BlackBerry Passport arrives
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For regular CrackBerry readers you'll have more than likely noticed that I've been using the BlackBerry Q10 as my primary device for quite some time. Sure, I switched over to the Z30 when it was released but I soon missed my physical keyboard, so I went back the Q10 and I then just used the Z30 as my second device - mainly for app and game reviews.

Considering the BlackBerry Passport has a hardware keyboard as well, you may think I've lost my plot in going back to the Z30 but there is method in my madness. It's not a size thing and it has nothing to do with using the best internal hardware that BlackBerry currently has to offer.

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Aug 04, 2014 BlackBerry Passport passes through the FCC
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If you're waiting for the BlackBerry Passport to arrive, you can take a small bit of satisfaction in knowing the latest BlackBerry 10 device from BlackBerry is now one step closer to release. It looks as though the BlackBerry Passport has arrived and passed through the FCC. Although the internal and external photos are still under the confidentiality agreement, the label is a dead ringer for the Passport and the model number matches up as well. There's not a whole lot of info to be gleaned from the listing but it does show some of the supported bands and services for the device.

Mobile phone with GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900, WCDMA/HSPA FDD 2, 4, 5, LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 13, 17, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC, FM Radio and GPS.

That's a lot of North American bands supported including AT&T, Rogers and I believe T-Mobile. However, as we know from the release of the BlackBerry Z30 that doesn't always mean the carriers will pick the device up for sale. We'll just have to wait and see which carriers the Passport ends up on. Interesting note, the confidentiality agreement ends on Sept 12th, 2014.

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Aug 03, 2014 BlackBerry Blend Beta appears once again, this time on a Passport
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By now, most folks have heard of BlackBerry Blend. It has leaked out in so many ways now, I lost track. It's in BlackBerry OS builds, presented itself in Power Point presentations, it's even preloaded in the new BlackBerry 10.3 out of box set-up files and the icon is present on official images of the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic and still, BlackBerry refuses to confirm its existence outside of a few Enterprise events where folks have seen it behind closed doors or otherwise in private.

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Jul 31, 2014 BlackBerry Q10 apps in BlackBerry World to be automatically available for the BlackBerry Passport
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Just as we've seen with previous device releases, BlackBerry has now started sending out emails to developers to let them know if they have a BlackBerry Q10 app in BlackBerry World, that app will automatically be listed as compatible for the upcoming BlackBerry Passport.

Developers have the option of just allowing it to go through or if they feel as though testing on the app should be done before it gets marked as 'Passport ready' they can opt out of the automated process and test their apps to ensure compatibility.

The BlackBerry® Passport will soon join the smartphone product line as one of BlackBerry's most recent innovations. The unique square design features a 1440 x 1440 screen resolution, 1:1 aspect ratio and will support BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.3.

As the release of the BlackBerry Passport approaches, we want to ensure that your apps will be part of the new product launch. To test your existing apps for BlackBerry Passport support, download the gold release of the BlackBerry 10.3 Developer Preview OS. Simulators, SDKs and information to get you started can also be found at this link. The great news for you is that most apps that offer support for BlackBerry Q10 will also function seamlessly on the new smartphone.

For your convenience, we will be automatically expanding your device support to include the BlackBerry Passport for your apps that currently support the BlackBerry Q10.

In the unlikely event that you do not want to support the BlackBerry Passport, you can easily opt-out of this offer by clicking the link below and following the onscreen instructions.

If you're a developer and missed the email, the deadline for opting out is Friday August 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM Eastern. You can head on over to the BlackBerry Developer website to opt out if you wish. For everyone else, this brings us all one step closer to BlackBerry Passport availability. Huzzah!

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Jul 30, 2014 New BlackBerry Passport video shows off touch sensitive keyboard and new style Active Frames
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Looks like the folks over at Phone Arena scored a little bit of hands-on with the BlackBerry Passport, though it seems as maybe they weren't supposed to as of yet. The article they had up that went along with the video has since been removed but the video remains posted to their YouTube channel for everyone to see.

In the video, we get a closer look at the Passport's touch sensitive keyboard as well as the new active frames on the device, which thus far have only been seen in images but never running on a real device. Have a look, maybe with the volume off because whoever did the overview well, didn't do such a great job of explaining it all. He was likely caught off guard and pressed for info, but he has a BlackBerry Passport and most of us don't, so he still wins.

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Jul 27, 2014 BlackBerry Passport: How does it size up against other devices?
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Ever since BlackBerry CEO John Chen unveiled the BlackBerry Passport, there has been a lot of noise made surrounding its size, shape and design. None of that has really fazed BlackBerry and they've been going through the process of explaining why they designed it the way they did for anyone who wants to know more and is excited for the Passport arrival.

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Jul 24, 2014 First look: Leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport!
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Now that the white BlackBerry Passport is out there for all to see, next up is some accessories. BlackBerry CEO John Chen that noted along with the arrival of the Passport there would also be a wide selection of premium accessories to go along with it and he wasn't kidding around.

I know a lot of you caught that mention and have been waiting to see what accessories would be arriving. Luckily, we just happen to have this image sent in and things are looking pretty awesome. What we have here is the leather flip cover case for the BlackBerry Passport coming in both black and brown.

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Jul 23, 2014 BlackBerry confirms that the Passport will indeed come in white
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BlackBerry confirms that the Passport will indeed come in white

BlackBerry has officially unveiled the BlackBerry Passport in white. Sure, we may have gotten to the white Passport first, as they freely admit, but it's still an official confirmation that the most-hotly anticipated BlackBerry of the season will be available in more than just basic black.

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Jul 22, 2014 First Look: Here's the BlackBerry Passport in white!
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When BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the BlackBerry Passport, he also made sure to note the device would be arriving in white alongside the standard black. Since then, many folks have been waiting to see the white version and until now, they've been disappointed. The white version has been hard to catch and while many folks like Pootermobile and Dylan Habkirk have created renders of what they think the device might look like, we've managed to grab a shot of what we're pretty positive is the real deal.

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Jul 21, 2014 From the Editor's Desk: The past month of BlackBerry
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Time flies when you're having fun. That's the old saying right? July 19th marked exactly one month since BlackBerry CEO John Chen pretty much fully unveiled the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic. For the most part, much of the focus has been on the BlackBerry Passport. Considering it's the first of the two new devices out of the gate, there seems to be more of them out there in the wild and its admittedly odd look. Even BlackBerry has run with the hype surrounding the device and has slowly been teasing us with more information each week across the Inside BlackBerry Blog.

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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 18, 2014 BlackBerry Passport gets caught in hands-on video and fresh images!
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Well, this has been a long time coming so, sit back relax and enjoy a good nearly three minute hands-on video with the BlackBerry Passport. In the video, you get a nice look at the hardware everyone is waiting to get their hands on and although the video is chopped a bit to cover up the PIN, you get to see that capacitive keyboard in action. It's hard to say going by video how final this device is but it certainly looks pretty sweet.

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Jul 10, 2014 BlackBerry offers up another look at the revolutionary keyboard on the BlackBerry Passport
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With the BlackBerry Passport now out there and in the open, there is still some folks who don't quite grasp how the keyboard and trackpad will work together or how it adds to the level of productivity one can achieve. To help offer a better look, BlackBerry has now posted up more information on how the keyboard will work along with the touch-enabled keyboard. For most CrackBerry readers and Passport fans, this likely isn't new information. In fact, the post kind of sort of leaked early but just in case you missed it the first time around, have a look!

BlackBerry Passport is a unique device that was built with productivity at its core. The revolutionary new physical keyboard is responsive to touch, so you have more ways to control your smartphone without having to use the touchscreen. With rows of touch-sensitive physical keys, BlackBerry Passport combines the efficiency of tactile typing with touchscreen-like navigation to deliver on that productivity promise.

This way, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the goal – getting things done. (If you're a developer, head over to the Developer blog to learn how you can take advantage of the new BlackBerry Passport keyboard in your apps.)

With the Passport's touch-enabled keyboard, you'll be able to navigate web pages, apps and e-mails by lightly brushing your fingers over the keys, which helps with things like scrolling and cursor placement. It's a minimalist design that maximizes BlackBerry Passport's already-awesome amount of screen real estate. You'll be able to read documents faster, as well as keep your fingers close to the keys, ready to type.

  • Faster scrolling: As noted above, you can use the keyboard to swipe up and down to scroll on long lists in a document or on a browser page, keeping your fingers off the screen and focused on what's happening.

  • More intuitive cursor control and text selection: This is a classic BlackBerry productivity enhancement reinvented for the Passport. Double-tap the keyboard, then drag your finger across the keyboard to drop the cursor at precisely the right point. Or select the text just as you would on an older BlackBerry: hold the SHIFT key while dragging your finger across the keyboard to extend a selection.

  • Smart, contextual virtual keys: The Passport's QWERTY 3-row keyboard creates a clean-looking, right-sized layout. There is also a virtual 4th row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you're typing a password on-screen, the 4th row would automatically include numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords. If you're typing an e-mail, the '@' symbol will be displayed, and when surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed. Like I said, smart! With a little practice, most Passport users should find themselves typing faster than ever before.

  • Flick to type: Stuck on a word? BlackBerry 10's next word suggestion feature learns from you to give you smart, personalized choice of words you're likely to type. You then just flick up to complete the word.

  • Easier delete: Made a mistake? No problem, just swipe back (left) to Delete the last word, just like on our virtual keyboard!

  • Entering an accented character? Hold the letter key down, and then lightly tap on the key to add the appropriate accent!

It's one thing to look at this device and think it might not be for you but as we've mentioned many times now, it's one of those things that can't be fully realized until you actually pick it up and use it.

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Jul 07, 2014 BlackBerry highlights why the Passport just might be the device for you!
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While some folks are already sold on the BlackBerry Passport and will be picking one up as soon as possible, there are still plenty of folks out there that seem to be on the fence about the device, and understandably so. It's new, it's different, and takes a different approach to the smartphone. In an effort to help push even more folks towards the Passport, BlackBerry has taken to their own blog to show (and tell) readers why the Passport just might be the device for them.

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Jul 05, 2014 We totally wouldn't mind if the white BlackBerry Passport looked like this
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BlackBerry CEO John Chen has already let it be known there is a white version of the BlackBerry Passport that's going to be released. In all the leaks though, we've not seen the white version at all but this image is floating around the internet giving us an idea of what the white one possibly could look like and I have to say, it's pretty awesome looking.

To be clear, we're not saying this is the white one. This image is being passed around uncredited to anyone so if you do own the pic or created it, let us know so we can credit you for it. In any case, rawwr! Looks amazing and could actually be the first BlackBerry 10 device I've seen that I may like in white. I never really fancied the white Q10 or the white Z30.

[Mystery solved: The above image was created by @Pootermobile]

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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 29, 2014 Exclusive: Pre-release review of the BlackBerry Passport!
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Jun 28, 2014 Here's how video playback looks on the BlackBerry Passport
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Since the BlackBerry Passport appeared, one key question people have had is how video will look on the arguably wide display. As it turns out, they don't look too bad at all according to this quick 47 second video hands on showing off the device loading YouTube and checking out a clip of the Jimmy Fallon show. You're probably not going to want to stray far from CrackBerry today because apparently the floodgates have been opened for more stuff about the BlackBerry Passport. Source: @Halobandit

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Jun 27, 2014 Hey look, a BlackBerry Passport spotted in the wild!
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When it comes to the BlackBerry Passport there hasn't really been a shortage of images of it out there but spotting one on the streets just simply isn't likely to happen to many folks as of yet. However, that doesn't mean they're not out there. The above image was sent to us via the CrackBerry twitter account. I don't really have much to say about it, just look at how glorious it is and enjoy it. Thanks, Halobandit!

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Jun 26, 2014 Check out this bevy of BlackBerry Passport & OS 10.3 screenshots!
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The BlackBerry Passport is one hotly anticipated device and while we've already seen a ton of it already, there's still plenty more to show off. If you can't quite get a feel for the device then allow us to possibly help. We've managed to get our hands on plenty of screenshots that look to be from demo material of the device and of course, it's running 10.3 so that's a bit of an additional bonus. Keep in mind, the screenshots here have actually been reduced in size just to be able to show them to you better. The full blown size of the images is that of the device itself being 1440x1440. Just massive.

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Jun 25, 2014 New images show off the contextual portion of the BlackBerry Passport keyboard
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Although BlackBerry CEO John Chen has gone hands on with the BlackBerry Passport and despite the fact we now know more about the keyboard on the whole, we've yet to really see the keyboard as it was meant to be used in action. As it was described by BlackBerry, the keyboard will offer different options depending on where you are in the OS and what application you're using.

In addition to the Passport's very clean physical QWERTY keyboard, we have added a dynamic virtual row on-screen that smartly shifts depending on context. So if you're typing a password on-screen, numbers and symbols commonly used in passwords will automatically pop up. Or if you're typing an e-mail address, the '@' symbol will be displayed. Or if you're surfing the Web, the colon and backslash characters needed to type in a URL will be displayed. And if you need access to any special symbol or character, just swipe down on the keyboard to see all of them at once.

It's an interesting idea and a new way to make use of the keyboard but how does it all look? Well, some new images offer up a first look at how it will all be implemented though they do in some ways raise even more questions about how the keyboard will work. Have a look through them, there's only three for now.

I'm not so sure about the on-screen buttons on the side, they seem to be too small to me but maybe it's just the images. Of course, leaked images never tell the full story anyway as we all should have learned from the first batch leaked images of the Passport. People hated the device and have now fallen in love with it. I really want to see someone who has been using the keyboard for a while now actually putting to use. A video of that would be nice right about now.

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Wilson_Shelby

I would love to upgrade from my z10. May I be picked to win?

sebofanelephoto

Oh! I just love the name, the shape and it looks sexy to me. BlackBerry Passport sounds just fine, I go with it.

Popi Westhaver

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.

anthony poll

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...

filteredisco

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

mmnw

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

Brent Cedric Pizarra

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.

mrzmrz

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

AryanMan7

difficult choice!!! BB Passport Or BB Classic... what you think?

Bob Schultheiss

I'd take the Passport in a heartbeat!! Sleak lines and COOOL active keyboard. WANT IT Want it.....W-A-N-T I-T!!!

Marty Kaan

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!

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