BlackBerry Classic is officially launched; AT&T and Verizon will carry the phone

BlackBerry Classic is officially launched; AT&T and Verizon will carry the phone
On a day when BlackBerry will be ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange, the company has launched its throwback phone, the BlackBerry Classic. The device brings back some of the features that BlackBerry fans remember from those bygone days when the company ruled the smartphone industry. For example, the trackpad makes its return on the phone along with the function keys that were once a staple on every 'Berry. And of course, the physical BlackBerry QWERTY is on board making it a pleasure to type on the phone. The physical keyboard is said to reduce typing errors by 400%, compared to BlackBerry's virtual QWERTY.

While BlackBerry might have reached into its past to produce the Classic, it didn't totally refrain from adding some modern touches. For example, the 2515mAh battery powering the phone is said to provide outstanding battery life for users. The manufacturer says that battery life is 56% longer than what was experienced on 2011's BlackBerry Bold 9900. The much improved BlackBerry browser also is found on the Classic, which is pre-loaded with the BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS. That means that the phone offers BlackBerry Assistant, and works with BlackBerry Blend.

BlackBerry has sold out pre-order inventories of the phone, priced at $449, in various regions around the globe. Paired with the business oriented BlackBerry Passport, the company now has a phone for power users and one for the average consumer. John Chen has done an admirable job and it seems that BlackBerry's survival is no longer in question. It does seem ironic that the executive had to reach into the company's past to help secure its future.

For those waiting for the carrier version of the phone, we have late word that AT&T and Verizon have both announced that they will be offering the device. Pricing and availability are unknown for now. In its release, AT&T noted that it was the first U.S. carrier to offer a BlackBerry device in the states with the BlackBerry 950 back in 1999. BlackBerry itself has posted that the BlackBerry Classic will be available from Canadian carriers Bell ($49.95 with a two-year contract), Rogers ($49.99 on contract) and Telus ($50 on contract).

BlackBerry has posted a number of videos related to the new device. Check them out by clicking on the video slideshow below!


source: BlackBerry

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Classic
  • Display 3.5" 720 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2515 mAh(11.7h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Let's have a looksee. If the keyboard is as good as advertised, I'm in.

4. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

this is old school who buys this garbage

5. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'd buy one for the nostalgia lol

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

LoL +1

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

I want to buy it. I'm old school also. If you don't want it, so be it. But keep your negative opinion to yourself. It's just not needed nor is it necessary.

13. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'm closer to 30 then my teens but I love blackberry and support it all the way. I already have 4 phones so idk if I'm buying this but I wouldn't mind picking one up in the near future.

24. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

more people then you know, sucks to be you to have that cookie cut out phone! they all look the same!

27. Neuspeed

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

This phone is for people who have work to do, not for people looking for something to do... Go buy the Android flavor of the month or teeny bopper Iphone.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Me too. BlackBerry always did make the best hardware keyboards. I'm eager to test this keyboard out.

17. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

the keyboard might be good (it's a Blackberry), but the non-removable battery is a deal-breaker for me.

2. BBRYy

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Have to get this.

3. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Obama's next Blackberry ?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21778; Member since: May 28, 2014

Excellent handset for the BBOS7 holdouts and those nostalgic for BlackBerry reminiscent of those of old. It's sure to be a hit among them, enterprises and regulated industries.

11. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

Dont see how having to old would make this phone desirable???? I'm 22 and love BB, I truly hate T mobile for favoring Apple in sales which made them lose there BB contract. I would definitely get this due to its simplistic format and ability to handle anything without struggle/lag.

12. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

It was the NASDAQ you morons..!

14. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Would be nice to see the Passport on Verizon...

15. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Spoiler alert: This phone has roughly the same specs as the Blackberry Z10

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And? With 2 gigs of RAM, an optimized OS and a small screen, it's more than enough.

25. miles16852

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

idiot alert! your it !

16. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

looks nice my old blackberry curve

20. jwinchester

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 13, 2014

I'm 20 and want the BlackBerry Classic (currently using BlackBerry Q10, had the Bold 9900 prior to that). It's not the age that makes us pick BlackBerry's, it's the quality! And the keyboards are always awesome, I can out-type almost anyone (:P)!

23. asrr62

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

here at blackberry, we see evolution as a joke.

26. Neuspeed

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

You are the type of guy who sees a Porsche 911 and has no idea what year it is... I can hear you moaning "They all look the same!" Evolution happens, sometimes we fail to see it. The Classic is meant to switch people from BBOS7 to BB10... That's evolution.

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