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  • BlackBerry Classic now available in South Africa [update]

    On the back of the Passport‘s massive success, the company that goes by the name of BlackBerry has launched its latest business-smartphone competitor and blast from the past to the South African market — the BlackBerry Classic. For those who regularly suffer from nostalgia, this is probably the perfect phone for you. For all intents and purposes, it’s the traditional BlackBerry formula of the late 2000s repackaged in a more modern, smarter unit. Read more: BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past Like the Bold 9900 (its inspiration), it boasts a full physical QWERTY keypad, something that only...

  • BlackBerry Classic: a reheated Bold for those stuck in the past

    Did BlackBerry just launch a new phone, or have they found a Bold at the back of a fridge, popped it in the microwave and sprinkled some coriander on top? To me, and probably every other human being, it seems that the Canadian company has just relaunched its past. I’m not exaggerating either. The BlackBerry Classic has a full QWERTY keypad, not the abbreviated version we find on the Passport. It even has a track pad. Yes, the iconic track pad that drove Curve users insane when it used to malfunction. Internally it’s a little fresher but it still features a...

  • BlackBerry offers up to $550 off when trading in iPhone for Passport

    Fancy this for a (post) Black Friday deal? BlackBerry — as if it hasn’t launched a large enough offensive this year — will offer iPhone users up to US$550 in a trade in deal to swap their Apple machine for a Passport. It sounds good right? If you haven’t read our review, shame on you, but we think the Passport is probably one of the best phones released this year. With its brilliant display, innovative design and BlackBerry OS 10.3, it’s quite possibly the break-though handheld device of the year. And that’s from a company that was struggling to stay afloat...

  • BlackBerry Passport review: back to business

    Internet people love hyperbole. “The best smartphone ever,” some write when describing an iPhone 6. “This is the greatest gadget of all time,” says another about the HTC One M8. I don’t like using hyperbole, but ironically there’s no other way to describe BlackBerry’s Passport other than: a square-screened device that is the best phone ever…  for business. It’s not average and it’s not just great, it really is a brilliant phone. This is why. Best for business Being busy is a filthy habit. It means that you haven’t planned your day well enough to accommodate for random surprises. “Oh, I’m so...

  • Unboxing the Blackberry Passport [Video]

    When we first heard of Blackberry’s unconventional phone release roadmap, never in our wildest dreams did we imagine a mostly square, buttoned-touch-screened block of technology such as the Passport. It’s probably the most polarising handset released this year, or this decade in fact. Our editor for one, has quite a fancy for the phone, while others in the office think that it’s too bulky, heavy and largely unsuitable for everyday practical tasks — putting it in your pocket is a common concern. Nevertheless, it’s here to stay and so are Blackberry’s future quirky plans. As far as those go, investors seem to...

  • BlackBerry Passport the ‘IMAX of productivity’ says ever-hopeful company

    BlackBerry may be onto something square, according to company blog Inside BlackBerry. The company, which has long since been scrubbed from relevancy, is hoping that its latest phone, the BlackBerry Passport, will reignite buyers once more. With a “unique 4.5 inch square screen”, can the BlackBerry Passport make us actually want to own a BlackBerry phone again? BlackBerry naturally says “yes” and according to them, we’ve been stuck in a rectangular world without even realising it. The BlackBerry Passport is “a union of form and function” and because of the screens width, viewing is better on 4.5-inches than it is...

  • Blackberry phones gain Amazon’s Android app store with BB 10.3 OS launch

    BlackBerry sealed a deal with Amazon on Wednesday that will allow its mobile device users to access the online retail giant’s Android app store. The agreement comes as a last ditch effort by the Ontario-based company to retain its ever-dwindling customer base. It just might work, but we’re not holding our breath. The Amazon Android app store is set to launch on BlackBerry 10 devices as soon as the company rolls out its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall. Although smartphone users powered by BlackBerry 10 will now have access to over 240 000 apps from the Android store, that doesn’t...

  • BlackBerry launches $200 Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ for Indonesia

    BlackBerry is launching its latest smartphone this week. The Z3, also called the Jakarta Edition, is a sub-US$200 smartphone designed specifically with the Indonesian market in mind. Apart from a 540×960 5-inch display, the Z3 has 8GB storage and carries a 5MP rear camera. Impressively, it claims a long-lasting battery life of more than 15 hours talk time and 16 days on standby. It runs BlackBerry 10 OS and boasts the usual software features such as Time Shift Mode, a variety of photo filters and the BB Hub which groups all your instant messages, emails and SMSes into one...

  • BlackBerry launches Q20 flagship with ‘classic’ keyboard

    BlackBerry unveiled the Q20 at the Mobile World Congress in Spain this week, sticking to its guns of bringing us another “classic” QWERTY smartphone. Although there’s not much information available about the looks and exact specs of BlackBerry’s latest, it seems the tech giant is staying true to its original design. The Canadian company’s latest flagship shows off a “generous” 3.5-inch touch display which is the biggest for a QWERTY BlackBerry display yet. The smartphone comes with the physical keyboard and includes dedicated buttons for Menu, Back, Send and End. It also has a trackpad which is meant to be an...

  • T-Mobile stabs BlackBerry in the back with iPhone 5s trade in offer

    Use your rusty old BlackBerry as down payment for a shiny new powerful iPhone 5s. That’s what the US telecom giant T-Mobile was hoping its customers would do. This, turned out to be a big mistake. Instead, it opened up a whole can of furious BlackBerry diehards and a truly “outraged” BlackBerry CEO. While T-Mobile might have stepped on BlackBerry’s toes, it did show how loyal its fans are. The controversial T-Mobile offer urges customers to “switch to iPhone 5s” to “get powerful communications and productivity apps — with the ease that Apple is known for.” Customers in turn...

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