Canada's Best Buy and Future Shop sell the Telus branded BlackBerry Passport for $199.99 on contract

Canada's Best Buy and Future Shop sell the Telus branded BlackBerry Passport for $199.99 on contract
Eventually, AT&T will sell the BlackBerry Passport for a subsidized price in the U.S. But right this second, the closest that those living in the states can get to a subsidized price for the red hot business-oriented BlackBerry flagship, is the $199.99 for the Telus branded variant up in Canada. To purchase the BlackBerry Passport at that price, you must affix your signature to a two-year contract from the Canadian mobile operator, and purchase the device from Best Buy or the Future Group, north of the border.

The deal expires on October 30th; purchases must be reserved online and picked up from a brick and mortar store. Some have successfully been able to get Telus to price match, which might be important considering that online, it appears that there is no more stock available from either retailer. But that shouldn't surprise you. BlackBerry has taken the conservative route and has built only a small number of units in order to maintain equilibrium between demand and supply. This way, the manufacturer doesn't throw out money producing too many units.

While there is no precise date set for the Passport's launch via AT&T, it is expected to take place before the end of this year. Additionally, it will be an exclusive in the U.S. for the nation's second largest carrier. Early speculation has the BlackBerry Passport priced at $249.99 to $299.99 on contract when the handset gets to the U.S.


source: Crackberry

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  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Hopefully BlackBerry can make more Passport phones. Even at $600 they are selling all they make. http://store.shopblackberry.com/store/bbrryus/en_US/pd/productID.307766800/categoryID.66826200 For $150-200 on contract, it's a good value. The only thing I wish the engineers had figured out was how to make the battery removable. That would have been a very nice feature.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's not that they can't make more. It's just that if they make too many then it won't sell and they'd end up like Amazon with the Fire phone.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

I disagree. I think they can make as much as they want of this phone and it will still sell out. Face it, BlackBerry has a hit on their hands with the Passport. It's far superior to the Fire Phone in every way, so there's no way it would end up like that.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You can disagree but that's been stated by Chen himself and it falls under basic economic conditions.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

John Chen said that if they make too many Passports it will end up like the Fire Phone? When??? O_o What he said was that they are taking the conservative approach. However, seeing as how demand is outpacing product inventory by far, they can afford to make more and they will sell.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

He also said he doesn't want to make too many to where it outpaces demand. Then they're stuck with a bunch of unsold devices which is where the Fire comment came in.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still, this device definitely won't end up like the Fire Phone, or like Apple in the '90's.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I didn't say it would end up like the Fire phone. That was just an example that you clearly seem to have trouble comprehending. "or like Apple in the '90's." Which has what to do with this?

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

You mentioned the Fire Phone, correct? Which has what to do with this? "Apple in the 90's". That's an example that you clearly seem to have trouble comprehending.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

This is 2014 not the 90s

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

So what? My example still stands. And this is the BlackBerry Passport, not the Fire Phone.

2. BBRYy

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Going fast!

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

Good price for a great phone!

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22019; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hopefully, AT&T will price the BlackBerry Passport similarly to what they are pricing in Canada. That would be great!

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

how much do u have to pay a month?

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