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The BlackBerry Passport will go on sale Wednesday at $599 unlocked in the USA

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The BlackBerry Passport will go on sale Wednesday at $599 unlocked in the USA
There is nothing better than getting price and release date information straight from the people at charge. And this happens to be the case with the upcoming BlackBerry Passport! Company CEO John Chen revealed that the wildly square smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard will go on sale this Wednesday, priced at a fair (and square!) $599 unlocked, without subsidies in the USA. 

Chen assures us that BlackBerry is being generous, as flagship models from other smartphone manufacturers are positioned in the $700 range. However, the company wants to "try to get the market interested", so it's going to "start a little lower than that". Well, we can easily imagine consumers paying $50 more for an unlocked Apple iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S5, but that's up to anybody to decide.

The BlackBerry Passport is an interesting device, no doubt. It differentiates itself with a 4.5-inch square screen with the resolution of 1440 x 1440 pixels and a superb pixel density of 453ppi. It's also powered by a reasonably fast Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, along with a steady 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage. It has a 13-megapixel main camera and a 2MP selfie snapper. The battery capacity is also one of the best around - 3450mAh. 

That's plenty of good hardware for the money. But can the quirky Passport appeal to mainstream customers and business professionals alike? Analysts such as IDC Malaysia's Daniel Pang seem to share our preliminary opinion of the Passport - a "good phone, but it will never really hit the mainstream as a premium offering". John Chen and company acknowledge this possibility, with the CEO saying that the phone is designed for users who "need to be productive on their phones, such as those working in the medical field". According to him, the Passport lets users view more characters on a single line than on typical rectangular smartphones like the iPhone. 

Regardless of its market fate, the Passport marks a bold return for BlackBerry, and showcases John Chen's patience and focus in his mission to turn around the company. The Passport will be followed by the BlackBerry Classic in December, which is aimed towards fans of the distinctive design and keyboard designed for quick communication.

Check out a glance at the phone in the video below, and our first look at the Passport for more impressions.


via WSJ

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posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:03 9

1. lucid.brat (unregistered)


Thank u Chen for such a fair price....plz launch it quickly in india

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:10 8

5. Johnnokia (Posts: 1062; Member since: 27 May 2012)


It is still so overpriced for a company that desperately needs to anchor its feet in the already crowded ground.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 19:54

50. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Price isn't bad the but DESIGN IS HORRIBLE. They need to revamped their SOFTWARE if they want to survice and at least TWEAK their hardware also

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:04

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 813; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Oh yeah well you can get a iPhone 6 plus 128 gig for $499 on contract for two years!

Lol!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:12 18

7. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


are you dumb or what? Thats the price unlocked! Thats a good deal already!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:40 3

19. lucid.brat (unregistered)


I think he is blind..

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:43 3

20. android_hitman (unregistered)


he;s retarded, i'm sorry for you. go buy an iphone

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:40

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


thats a sarcasm bro...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:12 10

8. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Who in their right mind would pay $500 to be in a two year contract...oh yeah, Americans.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:25 2

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 4250; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Not this American. I'm perfectly content with last year's "Mid range" 16 GB Moto X. Which I still view as a more attractive alternative to the iPhone 6.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:16 5

10. HASHTAG (unregistered)


But without a contract that 128GB iPhone 6 Plus is how much?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:24 2

21. Derekjeter (Posts: 813; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I guess only here in America people have heard of Sarcasm, jokes, and funny comments. you people are just retarded.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 21:29 2

53. hurrycanger (Posts: 1557; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


It seems like your sarcasm failed, man. :-\

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 19:54

51. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


That's a contract price man. without it, it is 900$ be more specific and plus no one isn't going to spend on a 1,000$ phone

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:10 7

3. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Really love the design of this phone.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:10

4. rms.max (Posts: 94; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Look at the size of that phone.Have they gone mad?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:10 6

6. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Great for viewing wide aspect.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:14 2

9. Manti123 (banned) (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


This walky dead company must shutdown that misrable hardware division soon. They managed to sell less than 2.5 M gadget last quarter. Its market share is less than 0.5%.
Just die Blackberry.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:27 1

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Meanestgenuis will be replying to you very soon.

Where is Nicolas oliver and Wahuwishnu?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:35 3

17. Manti123 (banned) (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


You mean AlphaGeek.
Yes. I know. He follows and trolls anyone says anything real and logic about BlackBerry

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:25 5

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Just can't keep me out of your mouth, can you?

I have long since grown bored with your uninformed diatribe about BlackBerry, and truly could care less about what you think about me or BlackBerry, or who you THINK I may be. Your tired rhetoric isn't going to break BlackBerry.

Incidentally, I find it ironic that one who constantly trolls BlackBerry and has just trolled ME in the process would attempt to call me a troll.

Pot, meet Kettle...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:30 5

31. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Please, do not feed the trolls, Arte.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:09 1

35. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


He, we, you are not trolls. He dislikes and hates BB, I hate Apple and Microsoft, but I like their products. Its the company that I deeply hate.

Why does Manti hate BB. I would really like to no.

I just really love the design of this BB, passport. Man, I really feel like buying this..... Temptation.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:16

37. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Manti hates BlackBerry for no logical reason at all. His only reason for hating them is for hates sake.

You hate Apple and Microsoft for what? What has either of these companies personally done to you for you to have a LOGICAL reason for hating them? The same question can be posed to Manti. What has BlackBerry PERSONALLY done to him for him to hate them so much that every time he posts on a BlackBerry article, all he says is "just die BlackBerry"? There is no logical reason. These companies have not wronged you or him personally.

If you love the design of the Passport so much, why not buy one? I ,certainly am...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:54

38. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I have the Note4 in my mind to buy. And this.

You have a good valid reason, but its patent trolling, what pisses me of.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:59

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Not like a companies business practices are one thing. Hating the ENTIRE COMPANY just because you want to is something different altogether.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 16:08 2

40. Manti123 (banned) (Posts: 207; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


I am free here to express my opinion ... At $599 this will be another epic fail.

They dont have a Good Enough App Store, Not easy to use functions, very poor perception, etc. Ideal price to actually make any impact especially considering its notorious impression is $299. Someone should do market survey before actually pricing this thing. With the company going down - DO NOT MAKE STUFFS THAT NOBODY BUYS.

Moreover, people are rejecting to buy BB products. With a marketshare close to 0% clearly means people dont want blackberry anymore.

Palm gave up when they had much larger market share than the current BB.
Nokia was the world second largest phone manufacturer and they sold their devices and services department to Microsoft.

These companies gave up because they knew very well they will not success. But, BB still insisting to be successful in phone bussiness despite of all indications of its massive overwhelming failure from every aspect of hardware bussiness.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:11 2

41. ablopez (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


Ahh, so that's what happened to WahooWishyWashy... got banned and changed the name to Manti123. Can't say I missed you.

True, you're entitled to your opinion, but when presented with opposing facts, you should open your eyes and try to see it from a different point of view.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 19:23

46. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wahuwishnu is not banned.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 19:42 3

48. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


This is EXACTLY what happened to WahyWishnu. Always knew he had multiple accounts.

As always, you can't see the forest for the trees. You keep thinking that BlackBerry is only selling to the CONSUMER market like Android and iOS. BlackBerry's main audience is the ENTERPRISE MARKET. Nobody has a higher market share in mobile enterprise than BlackBerry. That's a FACT. Not some BS made up because I don't like something. There app store is geared towards enterprise. They have the deal with Amazon to take care of consumer apps. Also, with BlackBerry 10 handsets able to download and run 98% of all Android apps, they have the "app thing" well in hand.

This Passport is a breath of fresh air in this sea of "me too" handsets that exist today. The consumer knows it. The media knows it. Enterprise has always known it. That's why the interest in the Passport is so high. Another FACT I've just thrown at you. At $599, it's priced lower than today's flagships. It's priced competitively and it's priced to sell.

Here's another fact for you, and it shows me that you really have NO IDEA what you're talking about when it comes to smartphones:

NOKIA WAS THE WORLDS LARGEST PHONE MANUFACTURER, NOT SECOND LARGEST. Go ahead and do some actual research on that FACT and you'll see I'm right and you're wrong.

What happened to Palm and Nokia was tragic. You, no doubt, probably cheered it on. But Palm and Nokia didn't have the 2 major things that BlackBerry has going for it. JOHN CHEN and their expertise in SECURITY. The latter is why 16 out of 20 G20 governments choose BlackBerry, even today. It's why 10 out of 10 of the largest oil, gas and law firms choose BlackBerry....the LARGEST in the WORLD. It's why regulated industries still choose BlackBerry. John Chen has come aboard and righted the ship that is BlackBerry.

BlackBerry is due to release their next earnings report this Friday. I GUARANTEE YOU that it will be better than the last, and the last was good. And when that happens....when they release a progressively better earnings report than the last, I bet you'll still be here, preaching doom and gloom for BlackBerry.

What I said still holds true, and it's why you don't really have an answer to my question. Having an OPINION is one thing, and you're welcome to it. Hating something just because you can is something altogether different.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 11:53 1

57. oliveiraz33 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


@Manti123
Do you mean that Android is lacking in apps? because Blackberry runs Android apps...

Next time do some research before posting your stupidity on public spaces

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:37 3

18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


This walking dead company is gonna get through all the iZombies and be alive.

THE END.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:00

33. jbishops (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Yep I agree

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:18 1

11. HASHTAG (unregistered)


So is it a 10MP or a 13MP camera. The video says 10, however the article says 13.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 11:55

58. oliveiraz33 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


It's the same camera as the LG G3, so 13mp

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:21 2

12. Mikele (Posts: 43; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Great price for great phone! Welcome on board Passport B

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:22 1

13. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2256; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Sounds like a good price, very great looking phone,, however I'm not sure, how's its going too feel, using it to make calls

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:33

16. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


All I want to know is that will BlackBerry release a new full touch screen flagship soon? If no, then I may give this gorgeous thing a try, if yes, I'll wait for next year along with the Z4, One M9, Find 8 and Ascend P8.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:28

22. Pattyface (Posts: 1524; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I like this device and feel that's a good price but I won't be buying one.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:33 2

23. jbishops (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


Better line up now because they are going to sell out...NOT. Who is going to pay 599 for a Blackberry when the Note 4 is coming on contract for 299 in October. Give me a break. This company needs to fold

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 20:53

52. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


well if it gets picked up by the carriers, it could be 199$ for the subsidized price.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 13:22 1

59. oliveiraz33 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


why Americans hate Blackberry? I live in Europe and i've been in Australia, and BB is seem as a respected brand of business phones

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:38 2

24. adtif (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


I m the Q10 n Nexus 4 user. I like BB keyboard. I was doubt when the 1st time i saw BB Passport but slowly i have been attracted by the shape n the unique keyboard. I m very excited n waiting it to launch at Malaysia. I will definately change my Q10 with the Passport. BB Passport is for those who like Unique, Style n different from others. Go go BB.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:38 3

25. ablopez (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


I will never understand why people wish for BlackBerry to die. They're doing great things to keep the company going for those who refuse to follow the Android and Apple crowds. To me, this is a great phone and I am looking forward to purchasing it unlocked. (They key word here is "unlocked." Compare this price to other phones at full retail, not the contract price.

Hopefully it will be compatible with Verizon.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:09 2

28. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree with you, ablopez.

See my comment below, please.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:10 1

36. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Very well said.

+1

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:51 2

27. asiansatan (Posts: 35; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


That's how you price them... :) send them to my country too, pls. And soon.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:20 4

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I agree with ablopez. Why anyone would wish death on another company, be it BlackBerry or any other, baffles me. It's as if certain individuals posting on this very article feel BlackBerry has personally wronged them in some way. What's worse, when there are those like myself and ablopez that post facts about the company, or simply like BlackBerry's products, we get labeled as fanboys and trolls...By the TROLLS THEMSELVES. There are those posting here who even go as far as to try to compare SUBSIDISED pricing against UNSUBSIDIZED pricing, in an effort to attempt to yet again troll BlackBerry, not realizing that they themselves look quite foolish in the process.

The price BlackBerry is providing for an UNLOCKED, UNSUBSIDIZED Passport is very competitive, considering other flagship of similar caliber from other OS's are more expensive. Great job on pricing, BlackBerry. This is sure to get those who may or may not have been thinking about purchasing the BlackBerry Passport to give it a try.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 14:52 1

32. ablopez (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


That's gotta be it: "...certain individuals posting on this very article feel BlackBerry has personally wronged them in some way." If they don't think they're trolling, then it's gotta be personal against BlackBerry. Sad isn't it?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 15:03 3

34. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's extremely sad...and I see this all over PA. People wanting this company to die, people wanting that company to die...I'm not an Apple fan in the least, but I have never ONCE wished Apple would die...I see people do the same to Microsoft in WP articles. I mean, why can't people just stay away from articles where they don't like the product and/or.company producing said products?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:12 1

42. ablopez (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


It's basically to troll. I don't like Apple either, but I highly respect what they've accomplished. Same with Google. For someone to do what they do is just sad. Best to ignore even when they present falsehoods. Everyone who is a regular PA reader pretty much knows what they're all about.

Back to BlackBerry: I sincerely hope that John Chen markets this phone the right way. Look what happened to the Z30... It's a really awesome phone, but no one knows about it, and the ones that do know about it have the hardest time trying to purchase one.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 19:47 1

49. meanestgenius (Posts: 10225; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I think we are going to see a much better marketing job done by BlackBerry with the Passport. Look at the Z3. It's been marketed quite well where it's been strategically sold, and it is selling well in those places, as all reports have indicated.

You're right, the Z30 is a really awesome phone. Anyone looking to buy one should hit up Amazon.com or BlackBerry.com.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 17:57

43. jellmoo (Posts: 1524; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I can't wait to play with this. There's a very strong chance I'll be selling my G3 and grabbing this bad boy in its place.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 18:07

44. Mrmark (Posts: 268; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


The phone is nice ... Its just a hard sell!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 18:52 1

45. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


there is a large part of me that, even though i would never buy one, wants this plucky little device to succeed.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 19:27 1

47. Kwiss1200 (Posts: 9; Member since: 12 Apr 2014)


Nice phone....!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 21:32

54. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I like the phone, but the form factor is too wide. That screen though!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 21:56 1

55. Paximos (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


This must be a good calculator.

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 11:50 1

56. oliveiraz33 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Sep 2014)


This phone isn't pretty, but it's so different and insane that I actualy like it. I'm going to give it a try since my iphone contract is ending in 2 months

BTW, why Americans hate Blackberry? I live in Europe and i've been in Australia, and BB is seem as a respected brand of business phones

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