AT&T has confirmed that they would be carrying the Classic and the Passport in the US. The smartphones will run 419.99 USD and 649.99 USD respectively without contract. If you don’t mind signing up for a 2-year service contract you can get the Passport for 199.99 USD and the Classic for 49.99 USD. Now, in case, you select AT&T Next to buy the smartphones, there is no down payment. That means you can take home a brand new Passport or Classic for $0. Of course, you have to pay the monthly installments.
Interestingly, the Passport model that AT&T carries will have rounded corners. At CES, John Chen explained that they changed the design because AT&T asked for rounded corners. Apparently there are no other reasons for that. Also both models have the same specs. The redesigned Passport will be an AT&T exclusive. If you would like to receive availability notifications, you should sign up at AT&T’s website. The devices can be bought from AT&T retail stores and www.att.com
The BlackBerry Passport is built for enhancing the productivity of the busy professional who is always on the go. It has a big 4.5 inch square touchscreen. The device also sports a QWERTY keyboard that is responsive to touch. Because of its large square display, it is ideal for viewing documents, spreadsheets and webpages.
The Passport runs BlackBerry OS version 10.3.1. AT&T is America’s most trusted 4G LTE network. Their LTE signal covers over 300 million Americans.
The Passport is designed for the mobile professional who wants a powerful device with excellent productivity tools. The device has 32GB of built-in storage and a huge 3450 mAh battery. It is secure to the core and stands apart from other rectangular all-touch devices on the market. The Passport gets over 24 hours of battery life. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz quad core processor. The smartphone also boasts of a 13 MP camera.
The Passport comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry Blend. This is a new feature that allows users to securely access their content and messages through their BlackBerry device on their tablet or computer. So, if you are working on your computer and you get a call on your BlackBerry phone, you don’t have to pick up the phone to answer the call. You can do it on your computer.
Both the Classic and the Passport support the BlackBerry Assistant. It is a text and voice command application that allows users to manage their work and personal contacts, email and calendar with simple commands.
Excellent battery life
BlackBerry devices are known for their excellent battery life. The Passport is no exception to that rule. It has high end specifications including a quad core processor. The device still gets over 30 hours of battery life.
The BlackBerry Hub offers a much better way to organize and manage your emails, notifications and social messages. With BlackBerry Hub, you can access your entire conversations with just one swipe. It has a filtering option that allows you to access important messages first.
AT&T was the first carrier in the US to offer a BlackBerry device when the company launched the BlackBerry 950 in 1999.