The BlackBerry Passport gets some celebrity love

The BlackBerry Passport gets some celebrity love
In a recent clip from the Jimmy Kimmel show, taken from an interview with comedy actor Tim Allen, the two go off on a slight tangent, talking about gadgetry. When asked whether he has the new iPhone 6, Tim Allen says that he does and that it's neat, but then says that he's got something even more interesting and pulls out a BlackBerry Passport out for a short plug.

We're unsure whether this was a BlackBerry ploy to give the phone some time under the spotlight, or if Tim Allen is just really enthusiastic about his gadgets. Still, it looks like he's taking a jab at the iPhone 6 Plus, since when asked about how he carries the Passport, Allen places it in his back pocket and makes a lighthearted comment about having a big bottom, hinting that the thought of bending the device by sitting on it hasn't even passed through his mind.

The Passport has been available for purchase for $599 off-contract for about a week now, and was sold-out on day 2 after the launch, when the sales meter hit 200,000 units. Having a low number of devices ready for sale may mean that CEO John Chen was either pleasantly surprised by the unorthodox smartphone's initial success, or was just playing it safe.

Check the clip below, let us know what you think – plug by BB, or just an enthusiastic techie, who happens to be a famous actor?


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Passport
  • Display 4.5" 1440 x 1440 pixels
  • 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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14 Comments

1. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Awesome clip! I don't think it's a ploy by BlackBerry at all. Though I could be wrong. But I doubt it. I think Tim Allen is a genuine techie. Otherwise, why would he pull out an iPhone 6 as well if this was nothing but a BlackBerry ploy?

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This can't be ploy. Jimmy asked first.

15. Zeeya

Posts: 331; Member since: Mar 17, 2013

you see... PA is not just a little b*tch of Apple... they are also very dumb!

2. Rajanvir

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Can't tell anything until i get my hands on it

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Tim Allen is officially a cool guy

5. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I thought Tim Allen stopped being a celebrity in the 90s.

9. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

He's still active in quite a few roles and product voiceovers as for being in the spotlight personally he never seemed to be that type of person.

7. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Misleading. The article title said "celebrity". Just kidding. Tim is a great guy, but obviously a Blackberry plug. Part of me wishes Blackberry could be as great as Android, because there is something about that design...

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely not a plug, ploy or ANYTHING else like that. Tim is an obvious tech enthusiast, and he is using one of the most innovative, if not THE MOST, devices of the year. Great clip!

11. jbishops

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I hope he has a chance to get his hands on the Note 4 and they he will see what a real phone is like

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22107; Member since: May 28, 2014

He has a real phone. The BlackBerry Passport.

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Uh!!!!! More power!!!

14. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nice, ,I like he just pulled out, his blackberrypassport and no bend .. Classic

16. NickolasT

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

Very nice indeed. And the Celebrity list continues to grow. Many have purchased the Passport and love it to death. Celebrity Chef Tyler Florence shows off the BlackBerry Passport

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