The end of an era: BlackBerry smartphones will be no more

BlackBerry smartphones will be no more unless someone picks up the torch from TCL The end of the partnership between the two companies was just announced and its expiration date is set at August 31 2020.

Feb 03, 2020, 9:00 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  34 comments
DEAL Save up to $220 on the BlackBerry KEY2 LE from Best Buy

The unlocked BlackBerry KE2 LE can be had for as low as $230, but you'll have to activate it on AT&T's network the day you buy it.

Jan 03, 2020, 2:51 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
BlackBerry Hub+ apps get feature that BlackBerry phones can't use

BlackBerry has added Dark mode support for the BlackBerry Hub+ apps available from the Google Play Store. While free for BlackBerry users, they ironically won't get to use the Dark mode features until a new 'Berry is launched.

Oct 26, 2019, 9:37 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  8 comments
A BlackBerry KEY3 could happen at some point, but don't expect 5G connectivity

When is the BlackBerry Key 3 release date? TCL doesn't think BlackBerry-branded smartphones need 5G speeds, but at least a KEY3 does still seem to be in the pipeline.

Oct 04, 2019, 4:35 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  2 comments
DEAL Nostalgic bargain hunters can get the BlackBerry KEY2 LE at a discount of up to $150

The mid-range BlackBerry KEY2 LE comes with both a 4.5-inch touchscreen and physical QWERTY keyboard at a cool $150 discount if you choose to activate it on AT&T or $100 off list with no strings attached.

Sep 22, 2019, 7:55 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  7 comments
OnePlus 7 Pro bests LG and Samsung devices in US download speeds, iPhones lag far behind

The OnePlus 7 Pro is crowned the fastest smartphone in the US for 4G downloads by OpenSignal, narrowly beating the likes of the LG V35 ThinQ and Samsung Galaxy S10+ and completely crushing the iPhone XS Max.

Sep 10, 2019, 7:01 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  14 comments
featured The state of Android Pie updates on the eve of Android Q: the best and worst brands

With the stable rollout of Android Q right around the corner, this is the ideal time to evaluate the general state of Android Pie updates, as well as the individual performance of the world's top smartphone vendors.

Aug 16, 2019, 9:10 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  9 comments
DEAL BlackBerry KEY2 LE scores $100 discount with upfront AT&T activations at Best Buy

The productivity and security-focused BlackBerry KEY2 LE is on sale at Best Buy with AT&T activations on new accounts or new lines of service at a solid $100 discount.

Jun 07, 2019, 9:52 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment

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Win an Atomic Red BlackBerry KEY2 LE from BlackBerry Mobile

Win an Atomic Red BlackBerry KEY2 LE from BlackBerry Mobile. The device features an outstanding physical keyboard, 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. On the back is a dual camera setup (13MP + 5MP) with an 8MP front-facing selfie snapper.

Jun 05, 2019, 7:42 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  1 comment
PSA: Consumer version of BBM closes today; get one year of BBMe for free

The consumer version of BBM shuts down today with users allowed to move over to the enterprise version of the app for one year at no cost. After the year ends, the service will cost $2.49 for six months.

May 31, 2019, 11:02 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
BlackBerry KEY2 LE goes on sale at Verizon for $450 outright

Verizon has just announced that business and enterprise customers can purchase the BlackBerry KEY2 LE for $450 outright.

May 31, 2019, 12:31 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  6 comments
Code hints at new BlackBerry handset code-named Monet

A new BlackBerry model could be on the way according to code found on software files. The device is code-named Monet and has a model number of BBJ100. IT will reportedly be equipped with the Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform.

May 22, 2019, 3:05 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  6 comments
BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition unboxing & hands-on: Red is the accent

The nearly year-old BlackBerry KEY2 was recently announced to be graced in a new color, which is surprising because for a business minded device, the decision to go with a red edition gives the phone a flashier look.

Apr 30, 2019, 12:58 AM,  by John Velasco,  26 comments
Update in Google Play Store will make BlackBerry's virtual QWERTY more helpful

BlackBerry has added and removed some features to the BlackBerry Keyboard app in the Google Play Store. The app will help bring improved word recommendations to the virtual keyboards on Android-powered BlackBerry models.

Apr 24, 2019, 3:11 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
Snazzy BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition launches in the US at an arguably excessive price

As the name suggests, the BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is not radically different from black and silver variants of the same smartphone, fetching $699.99 with a snazzy design and 128GB internal storage.

Apr 19, 2019, 9:02 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  41 comments
Consumer version of BBM closing on May 31st

BBM, the first mobile messaging service and one of the reasons for BlackBerry's popularity years ago, is closing to consumers on May 31st. BlackBerry is offering one year of BlackBerry Enterprise free starting today.

Apr 18, 2019, 9:51 AM,  by Alan Friedman,  77 comments
Best phones under $500 in the US

At the fraction of the price, these smartphones shouldn’t be overlooked because many of them can tangle with some of the best out there!

Apr 17, 2019, 1:11 PM,  by John Velasco,  1 comment
DEAL Brand-new BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE units are on sale for up to $230 off

You can get a brand-new, unused, and untouched BlackBerry KEY2 right now for as little as $420 from a top-rated eBay seller, while the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is obviously even cheaper, starting at $330.

Mar 19, 2019, 3:29 PM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  3 comments
BlackBerry's CEO is skeptical about the appeal of foldable smartphones

BlackBerry CEO John Chen doesn't believe foldable smartphones are that interesting. In his opinion, there are no breakthroughs on the horizon and manufacturers are focused solely on creating larger displays at the moment.

Mar 11, 2019, 6:41 PM,  by Joshua Swingle,  14 comments
DEAL Get the BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE at up to $150 off with 1-year warranty

The BlackBerry KEY2 and KEY2 LE are on sale today only at Woot, costing $530 and $350 instead of their $650 and $500 list prices respectively with full one-year manufacturer warranties included.

Mar 04, 2019, 1:56 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment
BlackBerry seeks tweet revenge in patent infringement suit

BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in California accusing Twitter of using its mobile messaging patents without permission. BlackBerry has filed similar suits against Facebook and Snapchat.

Feb 27, 2019, 5:31 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  2 comments
Don't expect a BlackBerry KEY2 successor anytime soon

The BlackBerry KEY3 won't be announced until August at the very earliest. BlackBerry Mobile has chosen to extend the product cycle of its smartphones due to recent market trends.

Feb 24, 2019, 12:13 PM,  by Joshua Swingle,  7 comments
DEAL Deal: BlackBerry KEY2 price drops to all-time low on Amazon

Amazon is running a promotion on the most recent BlackBerry-branded Android smartphone, the KEY2, but only the black and silver versions are on sale at the U.S. retailer.

Feb 24, 2019, 10:36 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
DragonHinge: the key to future BlackBerry & Alcatel-branded foldable devices

TCL Communication has announced its DragonHinge technology which will be used in future foldable smartphones and tablets. The tech could also pave the way for BlackBerry and Alcatel-branded foldable devices.

Feb 24, 2019, 10:00 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  0 comments
The BlackBerry KEY2 looks smoking hot in red, limited edition coming soon

A limited BlackBerry KEY2 Red Edition is up for pre-order across Europe right now, also heading for North America at a price of $749.

Feb 24, 2019, 10:00 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment
DEAL This might be your last chance to get a 64GB BlackBerry KEYone at an unrivaled price

Mobile productivity enthusiasts should probably hurry and purchase the unlocked 64GB BlackBerry KEYone at a heavily marked-down price of $300 before the smartphone is altogether discontinued.

Feb 18, 2019, 6:54 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  3 comments
DEAL BlackBerry KEY2 ad shows how couples communicate in the smartphone era

The first new ad in some time for the BlackBerry KEY2 shows how couple communicate these days. Instead of talking to each other, the couple in the ad use their KEY2 handsets to send messages back and forth.

Feb 14, 2019, 7:54 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  10 comments
DEAL Deal: Save more than $100 on the unlocked BlackBerry KEY2 at Amazon

For the first time in quite a while, the BlackBerry KEY2's price dropped below $550, but only if you select the silver color. The black version is still priced at $580, only 11 percent off the MSRP.

Feb 10, 2019, 12:43 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  3 comments
featured What your smartphone says about you: the "deeper" meaning behind the brands!

To break away from the daily grind, we delve into the ethereal side of technology to unveil what the brand of smartphone you chose reveals about you as a person. It goes as well as you might expect.

Feb 08, 2019, 9:28 AM,  by Georgi Zarkov,  86 comments
FTC looks to end Qualcomm's onerous chip selling terms

Today starts closing arguments in the non-jury trial between the FTC and Qualcomm. At stake is the business practices used by Qualcomm to sell its chips to phone manufacturers. The suit revoilves around the chip maker's "no license, no chip" policy

Jan 29, 2019, 12:46 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  9 comments
Upcoming BlackBerry "Adula" (BBI100) leaks in DTEK app

We could be close to seeing the introduction next month of a new BlackBerry handset. Code found in the DTEK security app reveals a model called the BlackBerry Adula with a model number of BBI100.

Jan 28, 2019, 1:18 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  81 comments
Remembering the BlackBerry Bold 9000: A phone that defined BlackBerry's legacy

Research In Motion was thriving in the face of competition throughout the mid 2000s. By 2009, we saw the release of one of its all-time greatest smartphones – the BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Jan 21, 2019, 11:11 PM,  by John Velasco,  6 comments
DEAL Save $200 on the BlackBerry KEYone at Best Buy (clearance sale)

Although it doesn't match Amazon's deal, you can still get a good $200 discount on the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone 64GB model, which is available for just $300.

Jan 14, 2019, 5:57 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  14 comments
DEAL Deal: Unlocked BlackBerry KEYone drops to just $270 on Amazon

For a limited time or while supplies last, Amazon has the unlocked BlackBerry KEYone on sale for just $270. Unfortunately, the unlocked model will only work with GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile.

Jan 13, 2019, 7:43 PM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  0 comments
TCL pleased with BlackBerry's performance; focus on enterprise paying off

TCL is happy with BlackBerry's recent performance, the manufacturer confirmed today. From the look of things, the Canadian brand's focus on enterprise consumers is paying off.

Jan 08, 2019, 11:52 AM,  by Joshua Swingle,  40 comments
BlackBerry Key 2 LE arrives to Verizon's business customers

The BlackBerry Key 2 LE, an affordable phone with the signature BlackBerry keyboard and a focus on security, is coming to Verizon Wireless in the United States as part of the carrier's business customers offerings...

Jan 08, 2019, 10:15 AM,  by Victor Hristov,  6 comments
A new Alcatel phone and BlackBerry KEY2 US carrier availability will be announced at CES 2019

The BlackBerry KEY2 might finally be released on one or several US carriers after CES 2019, with an all-new Alcatel smartphone sporting a "Full View" display also scheduled for a Las Vegas announcement next week.

Jan 05, 2019, 7:01 AM,  by Adrian Diaconescu,  1 comment
featured Most underrated smartphones of 2018

It happens each and every year, manufacturers unleash a barrage of smartphones that can inundate the average consumer, which leads to some phones being forgotten. They're what we like to refer to as underrated!

Dec 28, 2018, 2:27 PM,  by John Velasco,  42 comments
DEAL Deal: Unlocked BlackBerry KEY2 LE goes on sale on Amazon for $80 off

For a limited time, you can buy the unlocked BlackBerry KEY2 LE for just $370, exactly $80 off MSRP.

Dec 28, 2018, 4:50 AM,  by Cosmin Vasile,  24 comments
BBM app for Android and iOS both receive update

The BBM app for both iOS and Android has been updated with some new features including one that allows a video chat to match the screen size of the device that is being used.

Dec 16, 2018, 8:03 PM,  by Alan Friedman,  0 comments
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