AT&T announced back in early January that it would bring the BlackBerry Passport and Classic to its network. Today, America’s second largest wireless carrier announced the official on-sale date for both devices: February 20.
The BlackBerry Passport actually had to undergo a bit of plastic surgery before it was even allowed on the network. "AT&T wanted rounded corners. Some of us are more square,” explained BlackBerry CEO John Chen last month. “No other reason than that." Beneath the refreshed exterior, you’ll find all the same hardware as the original including the 4.5-inch 1440x1440 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and the huge 3450 mAh battery.
The Classic, on the other hand, is a lot less appealing with its cramped 3.5-inch 720x720 display, archaic Qualcomm MSM 8960 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8MP rear camera and 2515 mAh camera. The “Classic” name is definitely fitting, as the smartphone looks like something that would have been in fashion a decade ago.
The Passport can be purchased outright for $649.99 or you can signup for a two-year contract and pay $199.99. You can also opt to go for AT&T’s $0 down Next plans — you’ll pay $21.67 per month with Next 24, $27.09 with Next 18, or $32.50 per month with Next 12.
As for the Classic, it will be available off-contract for $419.99 or $49.99 with a new, two-year contract. You can also obtain the phone for $14 per month with Next 24, $17.50 per month with Next 18, or $21 per month with Next 12.
If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, Crackberry is reporting that the Classic will land on America's largest wireless carrier on February 26.