Get a $50 mail-in rebate on your BlackBerry Classic purchase from Verizon

Get a $50 mail-in rebate on your BlackBerry Classic purchase from Verizon
The BlackBerry Classic will be launched by Verizon on February 26th. Big Red is charging $149.99 for the old-school 'Berry, with a signed two-year pact. That price is $100 above the $49.99 2-year contract price that AT&T is charging for the same phone. However, Verizon is offering $50 back in the form of a mail-in rebate to those who purchase the phone before March 16th. Verizon's after rebate price for the BlackBerry Classic, $99.99, is still $50 higher than what AT&T is charging.

The BlackBerry Classic was produced after CEO John Chen realized that the BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 was still selling well despite running on the previous generation of BlackBerry's OS. The Classic takes the physical QWERTY from the older Bold model, adds back the old function keys, and stuffs the phone with the latest build of BlackBerry 10 (10.3.1). 

Verizon is even offering a $50 mail-in rebate on subsidized purchases of the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Again, just make sure that you make the purchase no later than March 15th. The rebate form must be postmarked within 30 days from the purchase date of the phone.

source: N4BB via Crackberry



14. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

I stated this in another thread, but I think Verizon wants people to use Edge. They won't have to discount the phone and and they get paid the full price of the phone. We're on Verizon and aren't switching. My wife loves her Z10 and doesn't want to buy another phone since hers is still working great. I'm the one wanting a new phone. So, we're going to switch to Edge and I'll pay for the Classic... in 24 easy installments! Being stuck with CDMA pretty much screws us in switching to anyone else that has the level of coverage Verizon has in northern lower MI and wanting to keep my Z10 as a back-up. Plus, it'll lower our payments by $20-$30/mo. So, those thinking of switching from Verizon and using their old phones in some capacity, you can't. Unlocking does nothing unless you have a global phone. I haven't done the research, but I'm pretty sure, BB's sold in the US are not global . I'll update the info if I find out something different.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not sure, but I think the gsm BlackBerry's (the ones sold on AT&T's network) are global. I'll check on that as well.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

While I am no doubt the biggest BlackBerry fan on this site, this price from Verizon is no bueno, even with the $50 rebate. AT&T's pricing is much better. Since BlackBerry is suffering from a sort of stigma here in the states, Verizon should have had the price lower in order to entice individuals to purchase the Classic. Don't get me wrong, the Classic is a great handset running a phenomenal OS, but the average consumer here in the U.S. already has a preconceived notion about BlackBerry, and it isn't a good. Now, enterprise users on the other hand, and "prosumers" will definitely go for the BlackBerry Classic, especially those still using legacy BlackBerry devices like the Bold and the Curve.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Big Red is not doing itself any favors by shafting the consumer. They won't follow TMO and AT&T's lead with rollover data and now they're going out of their way to price BlackBerrys out of the reach of customers. F**k 'em and feed 'em fish.

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. They could have gone with much more competitive pricing like the others, but they would rather price the handsets too high.

4. bballrob79

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

As a BlackBerry fan, I find that this deal Verizon is presenting is too much. I wouldn't pay that much for a mid range phone. AT&T offer is better. Your better off with a z10 or q10. Keep your money.

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3201; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Now that 10.3 is out, I'd have to agree. Although the Classic on AT&T Next is attractive without the 2-year committment.

3. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

John Chen is smart and generouse.

2. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Can't pay me to use Blackberry and Verzion phone bill is too expensive

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you are truly a "tech lover" like your name suggests, you should definitely try out the BlackBerry Passport. It's one of the most innovative devices on the market today, and BB10.3.1 is a truly amazing OS. Not saying you should buy one, but you can go into an AT&T store and use one of the display units to see for yourself.

8. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Im not saying Blackberry is no longer innovative but their time is done. Their market share if you did some research, in the USA is less then 2%, why would I even try a device so unpopular and unaware to most in our society? If I want to try something innovative I would have just try the Samsung Note Curved or even an window Lumia Phone. Any phone these days are more popular and has more function in Blackberry. In fact back in the days,we had no choice but to use BB. The price for BB phone are not much cheaper then smartphones today. It was technically a "smartphone" to most and the only one available to us, this is the only reason why ppl use it. Most ppl today who u see using a blackberry often has another smartphone Andriod or iphone that they use as primary. If BB wants ppl to start using their phone, they need to realize they can't charge premium prices, they are no longer in that position of power to charge that top price anymore.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry isn't really focused on the consumer market anymore. Their market is enterprise, and with over 60% market share in enterprise, they are #1. BlackBerry also is number 1 in the auto infotainment systems market through their QNX brand. BlackBerry is larger than their next 3 competitors COMBINED in enterprise. With stats like that, their time is hardly done. So as you can see, I do my research. The consumer market isn't the be-all, end-all for smartphones. That's evident by many OEM's, including Apple and Samsung, trying to make a dent in enterprise. Hell, Samsung has even turned to BlackBerry to help make their enterprise offering more secure. And the U.S. market isn't the only market for smartphones. BlackBerry has pretty good market share in Indonesia and South Africa, for instance. If you use a smartphone based on popularity, I feel sorry for you. Why would you want to use something based on what others have to say about it? Enterprise, governments and regulated industries often buy in bulk and often buy what's best suited for their needs, and that's a BlackBerry. And BlackBerry is not "technically" a smartphone. BlackBerry's ARE smartphones. BlackBerry, Palm and Nokia invented the smartphone. I currently use two BlackBerry's: The Passport and the Z30. I don't need to use another smartphone running a different OS as BlackBerry provides everything I want and need in a smartphone. The BB10 OS is PHENOMENAL. The only way you truly know how good or bad something is, is if you try it. Judging by your response, you simply go by what others say concerning smartphones.


Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Nice copy and paste there. ; )

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 23084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not even close.

1. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Ripoff from Verizon. And I'm sure it'll have a HUGE Verizon logo stamped on the bottom front of the phone. Because we all love those giant Verizon logos. Oh yeah, and there will be an even bigger one on the back. Of course...

7. Losifer

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Can't forget the big ass 4g LTE logo

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