T-Mobile and BlackBerry today announced the US carrier will soon offer the BlackBerry Classic. The smartphone will go on sale on May 13 both online and inside participating T-Mobile stores, available for purchase outright and on select plans.
For $18.33 a month (24-month contract) and $0 down, consumers can pick up the BlackBerry Classic without damaging their wallet. If you want it without a plan, you'll need to part with $439.92, plus tax). The Classic has been making the rounds, launching in various regions, and it's positive to see the device finally land on T-Mobile in the US.
If you have somehow missed our BlackBerry Classic review, we strongly urge you to give it a read through. See the press release for today's announcement below.
T-Mobile US announces the BlackBerry Classic
WATERLOO, ONTARIO and BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON--(Marketwired - May 7, 2015) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, and T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE:TMUS), America's fastest growing wireless company, today showed they're two companies in the business of listening to their customers by announcing a new partnership to bring the BlackBerry Classic to the Un-carrier's Data Strong network and its approximately 57 million individual and business customers.
This new partnership begins by bringing together the productivity and security of the BlackBerry Classic and T-Mobile's industry-rattling Un-carrier for Business initiative. Now, whether you're downloading tomorrow's big presentation or video conferencing with colleagues on Skype, only the Un-carrier™ serves up the BlackBerry Classic on America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network-giving US business customers and today's data-hungry mobile professionals the wireless experience they've been asking for.
"People who love BlackBerry smartphones and want to use one on America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network now have that choice," said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "Bringing BlackBerry into our device line-up now also stokes Un-carrier 9.0, which is all about bringing the Un-carrier revolution to business."
"BlackBerry is proud to partner with T-Mobile once again to offer the world's most secure and reliable mobile products and services that encourage productivity − whether they are individual users making the most of their day with the BlackBerry Classic, or an enterprise seeking to manage thousands of devices," said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO.
"Together with T-Mobile, we hope to deliver highly differentiated solutions that appeal to our mutual users: the power professionals who depend on their smartphones to get things done and make things happen."
The BlackBerry Classic is built to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard and features such as a fast browser and up to 22 hours of battery power.
The BlackBerry Classic will be available beginning May 13 at T-Mobile.com and in participating U.S. T-Mobile stores beginning May 15 for $0 down (and $18.33/month for 24 months; FRP: $439.92). For more information, visit BlackBerry.com/Classic or T-Mobile.com.
*Fastest LTE network based on download speeds. **Device pricing for well-qualified customers: $0 down + $18.33/mo x 24 mos.; Total $439.92. If you cancel wireless service, remaining balance on phone becomes due. 0% APR O.A.C. Taxes & fees additional; total device tax due at sale. **Battery Power Based on GSMA PRD TW.09 Battery Life Measurement Technique and a mixed usage scenario. Many factors affect battery life, including network connectivity, application usage, feature configuration and battery age. Actual results may vary.