T-Mobile to offer the BlackBerry Classic starting May 13th

Looks like the feud between the two Johns has ended. No, we're not talking about the turf war on that shady street corner downtown. What we are trying to say is that the bad blood between T-Mobile CEO John Legere and BlackBerry CEO John Chen has simply been forgotten with the passage of time. If you recall, BlackBerry's Chen had chaffed at a special deal that the carrier was running that favored the iPhone over BlackBerry. Legere and Chen traded tweets with the T-Mobile executive giving Chen the absolute worst insult that any tech executive could receive. Legere called him a MySpace user. Both sides ended their relationship a little over a year ago. Time heals all wounds and both CEOs have a 'Berry they want to sell you.

The old-school BlackBerry Classic is coming to T-Mobile starting on May 13th. The handset will be available to well qualified customers for $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $18.33. The full retail price is $ 439.92.

The BlackBerry Classic features some of those old-school 'Berry goodies like a fabulous physical QWERTY keyboard, function keys and a trackpad. But it also is pre-loaded with BlackBerry 10.3.1 which means that it comes equipped with the manufacturer's answer to Siri/Cortana/Google Now called BlackBerry Assistant. BlackBerry Blend allows you to view content from your phone right on your computer screen. And BlackBerry World and the Amazon appstore provide a wide selection of BlackBerry and Android apps, respectively.

The BlackBerry Classic came into being because of the strong demand for the Blackberry Bold 9900/9930, a device that ran the previous generation OS. The Classic has a similar design, but runs the latest and greatest BlackBerry OS build, making it as productive as it is nostalgic.

source: BlackBerry

Related phones

  • 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)



1. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Who would buy a phone with the same processor as an HTC One S (Released in 2012) for over $400? The Passport is nice but this is just garbage. They could have at least used a Snapdragon 400 but using a processor over 3 years old is just not acceptable.

3. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I'm 1000000% agree with you. This 2 core Snapdragon S4 that use by this BB classic is slower than the Snapdragon 400. It's much closer to the snapdragon 200. and Snapdragon 400 also has a better battery life.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's all about the experience, not the specs. The Z30, for instance, can either outperform or match the performance of flagship Android handsets that were released at the same time.

28. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The Z30 at least contains a decent chip. The S4 play can't even run games that are somewhat graphics intensive. I support competition in the market and I don't want Blackberry to die but the only reason they used this chip is because it was sitting around and they did not want to buy a newer chip. They need to bite the bullet and scrap all of those old chips, even smartwatches have more powerful SOC's at this point.

31. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because the Lumia 435 and 5xx series use such wonderful hardware...NOT. Your statement applies to the makers of your favorite OS as well. I have never once seen you make any such comment against Microsoft concerning it's Lumia's. Perhaps you should, and not worry about what BlackBerry is doing.

37. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

You fail to acknowledge the fact that the phones you are referencing cost about $50.00 as opposed to $400.00. Oh and by the way the chip in the Lumia 530 contains a much more powerful gpu than the adreno 225 at a much lower price. If a Lumia launched at that price with those specs then I would be the first to point out that it is trash. I was upset that the 930 used the Snapdragon 800 over the 801, but what Blackberry has done is inexcusable. Especially given the fact that they are capable of putting out a decent flagship like the Passport.

38. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not failing to acknowledge anything. You get much more out of BlackBerry 10 handset on a whole than you do a Windows Phone. Security, privacy and peace of mind do not come cheap. The Classics intended markets (enterprise, governments and regulated industries) are all willing to pay for this device. The cpu and gpu are not the only hardware components that make up a smartphone, either. I guarantee you that the Classic will be marketed towards enterprise/business users inside stores. BlackBerry's user base are the ones that actually asked for the Classic. They wanted a handset like the Bold running BB10. BlackBerry delivered. YOU can think that BlackBerry was wrong for making this handset, but the sales of the Classic (more than the Passport upon launch in the same time frame) say otherwise. Oh, and I guarantee the Classic will outperform any Windows phone, highend or otherwise.

39. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Outperform in what way? Please don't give me a subjective explanation without substantial facts. If people want an enterprise phone and they want to live in the dark ages then they should get the Classic. An intelligent buyer would look elsewhere, but your vision is clouded by love for Blackberry. Even I know when MS does something wrong, but you are just coming off as foolish my friend. What else will your mighty Blackberry outperform? My computer lags at times but that does not mean that a Blackberry will outperform it in anything other than UI smoothness at times. The handset is trash and you know it. Your blind love for Blackberry is cute but they are not doing right by their customers on this one.

42. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

My "blind love" for BlackBerry? And what exactly would you call your blinder-wearing affection Windows Phone? Pot, the kettle is really calling here... Unlike you, I've used BOTH BlackBerry 10 handsets and Windows Phone handsets side by side. There is nothing "subjective" I have to say concerning their respective performance. I go off of my real life use. What do you go off of? Trolling because you think the latest and greatest specs equate to a better user experience? You being a Windows Phone user, I would at least think you know better. Apparently not. An INTELLIGENT buyer will purchase what best suits their needs and wants, and provides the BEST user experience for them, and NOT go by specs. I'm not a fan of iOS, but it has PROVEN that a great experience trumps great specs any day of the week. You're a complete !Diot if you think I never know when BlackBerry does something wrong. I've mentioned it things that they've done wrong time and again, from the lack of marketing to when Chen made the speech about app neutrality. YOU have yet to do so concerning Windows. Because I disagree with you concerning the Classic doesn't mean I'm wrong or foolish, it means I've made an INFORMED OPINION based on MY OWN user experience. What are you going by? What the specs on the package are? Even the BlackBerry 10 web browser outperforms browsers used on computers like Chrome and Internet Explorer. You're opinion of BlackBerry is TRASH, even concerning the Classic, because you are basing your opinion on specs alone and not real, actual usage. Who are you to judge what's best for BlackBerry users, considering you don't even use the platform? It's individuals like you that actually make smartphones users look DUMB, basing things on IGNORANCE rather than actual usage. You are not doing right by intelligent human beings the world over by speaking out of so much ignorance.

44. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I own a Z10 and use it occasionally. It does not lag. It feels as smooth as my 930 and iPhone 5 on ios 6. My daily driver is a Galaxy S6 right now. What you are saying is wrong and if I had to rank them in order of interface smoothness I guess the iPhone would be barely ahead, but the others all feel about the same. I don't think that you are able to quantify smoothness so you have yet to invalidate my argument. Again give me numbers or objective information to prove your claim. That is correct you have made an "opinion", and in my opinion your opinion is not properly informed. Again, my original argument was that the phone was a ripoff for what it offers but obviously you are comfortable shelling out money for it. I have never said that BB is trash, and as I have pointed out before the Passport is a nice flagship. This phone is overpriced trash in my opinion. A smart company would be better off shelling out the extra $200 to get a capable phone like a Passport if they insist on using Blackberry 10. Can you even find one video comparing the smoothness of BB 10 to that of an Android, Windows, or IOS flagship. How am I speaking out of ignorance? I have made a concise analysis, and nothing I have stated is factually incorrect. Again, you have no facts to prove your phone is outperforming other flagships. At least other platforms can show solid benchmarks and reviews for their products, but what have you to show as evidence? Outside of the Passport Blackberry is not releasing good products in my opinion, and many people who know this industry will agree with me. No reason to get mad over a discussion my friend.

45. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

First, I don't believe you own a Z10. You and I have danced this dance before, and not once have you mentioned that you own a Z10, even when I said to you that you've never used BB10 before. Are you not also the same person that in an article not too long ago wished "death to BlackBerry, Apple and Google", but had nothing but wishes of longevity for Microsoft? How is what I'm saying wrong if I am making an informed opinion? I've actually used iOS, Android and Windows extensively. BlackBerry 10 is smoother and more responsive. It also handles multitasking better than all 3, being the only real time OS out of them. There is nothing here that I have stated which is factually incorrect, either. Benchmarks can be faked, we both know this. If you're asking for a solid review of a BlackBerry 10 product, then you're going to have to look outside of PA or any number of the "we love Android and iOS only" websites. Are you that lazy that you cannot do a simple Google search or Bing search for videos of BlackBerry 10 vs iOS, Android and Windows Phone? Perhaps you are. If so, you're in luck. Here are a few: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=itsmejc+youtube+videos&FORM=VIRE11#view=detail&mid=D198013F9305808638BED198013F9305808638BE Again, how can you say My opinion is wrong and yours is right if my opinion is based off of the same criteria as yours? That's a bit much of the Pot calling the Kettle black here... You are correct when you say its YOUR OPINION that BlackBerry isn't making good devices outside of the Passport. There are many that would disagree, especially me. As I said, I am going off of user experience, and BB10 offers the best user experience for me. Also, how are you going to tell me there is no reason to get mad over a discussion when you started with the name calling first? Hypocrite, much?

49. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Your opinion is wrong lol

50. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're just looking for attention. That's sad.

51. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

no but i do have a serious comment on here at the bottom. and if you thought i was just looking for attention then why would you give it to me lol.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

The question you should really be asking yourself is why do you keep seeking MY attention...which you clearly are, or you wouldn't constantly respond to MY comments. Although, I'm pretty sure you know what the answer is. I said it before and I'll say it again: I like women. Please keep your homo-errotic tendencies away from me. Again, not judging you, but I don't flow that way, Jr. And that comment you left at the bottom isn't even worthy of a response. That's something that immature juvenile would say. Grow up. Add something of substance. Stop being like tom.howard and the other worthless trolls here. Learn to get your point across correctly.

53. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

learn to get my point across correctly. how do you not understand that my point is, blackberry is inferior to wp,android, and ios. and their phones aren't worth buying. I'm not gay and i promise that i will continue to shit on blackberry and everything you say c'yah next post about bb.

54. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Like I said: you're not my type. I like women. Do you really think that what you have to say about BlackBerry makes any bit of difference? You're not changing my mind about BlackBerry. You're just making yourself continue to look like the immature, illiterate, "alternative lifestyle" living individual that I said you are. You need me to define your existence. Period. You'll continue to prove me right by: A) continue to respond to me even after I've stopped responding to you. B) continue in your lame attempt to bash BlackBerry in an extreme effort to get my attention on every BlackBerry article. Go ahead and prove me right.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but they are dying my friend.. so they used every penny they had to create new phone as cheap as possible and sell it as expensive as possible.. (actually this strategy is only putting another nail to their coffin, the only thing that can save them is android one)

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android is not always the answer? Why do you Android fans refuse to see this? Just ask: Sony Motorola HTC And the plethora of Android manufacturers that are selling handsets either at or below cost. Not even GOOGLE makes money on Android. Samsung commands the Android profits. Every other Android OEM just isn't making money.

15. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Or ask XiaoMi, ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad, Lenovo.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

All of which do move a lot of handsets, but what about their profit margins? Razor thin. Selling handsets near or at cost is no way to make money.

19. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

and BB making money from the handset? FAQ: BB lose money on the handset!!!!!!!

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

INCORRECT. BlackBerry makes a profit on EVERY HANDSET they sell. The asp of their BlackBerry 10 handsets INCREASED last quarter. Troll FAIL.

14. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I think BB still think (delusional) their brand have a value. LOL

18. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Clearly what you think is immaterial as far as BlackBerry is concerned.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Clearly Jane's incapable of a rational thought. The last time he had an original idea, he flushed it down the toilet.

23. gaming64 unregistered

Nope he's just an idot.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao! Agreed!

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22290; Member since: May 28, 2014

Says the guy that supports Microsoft, that releases such stunning handsets as the Lumia 435.

27. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

The Lumia 435 costs $50.00 as apposed to a $400 handset with trash specs.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.