BlackBerry is back! T-Mobile to start selling the Classic from May 13

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Not long ago, John Legere sent out a teaser featuring what looked like a picture of a black berry. And, true to the teaser, T-Mobile just announced that it will – once again – start selling BlackBerry devices. The BlackBerry Classic will go on sale online at T-Mobile.com and in participating stores from May 13.

Pricing is fairly competitive. The device will set you back a total of $439.92 which works out at 24 monthly payments of $18.33 with $0 down payment.

From my time with the device, it’s a fantastic phone for the BlackBerry fan. Those who have grown to love the physical keyboard will enjoy the updated performance and solid build quality offered by the newest QWERTY-equipped device. I reviewed it for PhoneDog a couple of months ago:

Source: T-Mobile

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PRESS RELEASE

WATERLOO, Ontario & BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in mobile communications, and T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS), America’s fastest growing wireless company, today showed they’re two companies in the business of listening to their customers by announcing a new partnership to bring the BlackBerry Classic to the Un-carrier’s Data Strong network and its approximately 57 million individual and business customers.

This new partnership begins by bringing together the productivity and security of the BlackBerry Classic and T-Mobile’s industry-rattling Un-carrier for Business initiative. Now, whether you’re downloading tomorrow’s big presentation or video conferencing with colleagues on Skype, only the Un-carrier™ serves up the BlackBerry Classic on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network—giving US business customers and today’s data-hungry mobile professionals the wireless experience they’ve been asking for.

“People who love BlackBerry smartphones and want to use one on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network now have that choice,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. “Bringing BlackBerry into our device line-up now also stokes Un-carrier 9.0, which is all about bringing the Un-carrier revolution to business.”

“BlackBerry is proud to partner with T-Mobile once again to offer the world’s most secure and reliable mobile products and services that encourage productivity − whether they are individual users making the most of their day with the BlackBerry Classic, or an enterprise seeking to manage thousands of devices,” said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO. “Together with T-Mobile, we hope to deliver highly differentiated solutions that appeal to our mutual users: the power professionals who depend on their smartphones to get things done and make things happen.”

The BlackBerry Classic is built to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard and features such as a fast browser and up to 22 hours of battery power.

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  • Blackberry Fan I AM, I AM

    Great News for the Blackberry addicts (me) that like a physical keyboard (security) And it appears to be at a budget friendly (pricing), Thanks for the update!

    • Verizonthunder

      Finally something different in a positive way.

  • Eric

    Yay……………………………………………………………………………

  • Jose

    Should we wait it out and see if the Passport passes through here ? :)

    • Zacamandapio

      It should.
      Great device. I’ve had the black one and the white one.
      Waiting to have enough to get the red one as well.

  • Frankwhitess

    Million Dollar Question : Will it have wifi calling?? Will it have band 12 ??

    • Fabian Cortez

      Blackberries have had UMA for years.

      The classic is sold with an AT&T version and a Verizon version. I see no reason why a T-Mobile version wouldn’t exist without Band 12.

      • Frankwhitess

        Thank you for replying back to me…

      • senior

        Umm….UMA is not the same as wifi calling. UMA was hardware-based that ended with the legacy devices (like the Bold series T-Mobile use to sell). Z10, Q10, Z30, Passport, Classic…none of these devices have UMA.

        • Fabian Cortez

          You missed the point of my post.

        • Car Hound

          No, you missed the point of senior’s post. UMA is irrelevant, and whether WFC will work is a very relevant question. Currently, WFC works only on BB phones that T-Mo sells (whether or not the phone is actually branded as T-mo). Presumably, with this announcement that will extend to the Classic. Some of us would love it if it also extends to the Z30, Q5, and Passport, though that would be much more of a stretch.

        • Fabian Cortez

          No, my post was pretty upfront.

          If it was sold with a hardware UMA component which worked exclusively on T-Mobile in this country years ago, then today’s announcement that T-Mobile is now selling the device, along with their commitment to selling Wi-Fi-only devices moving forward, assures this device will come with Wi-Fi calling.

    • Patrick McLaughlin

      I looked at the TMobile site which states that BAND 12 is NOT SUPPORTED. Only BANDS 2&4.

  • Verizonthunder

    Thank you Cam I was getting worried you were not checking your submit news on here or Facebook. Also two new LG smartphones on T-Mobile website that is not mentioned in any news feeds.

  • VRSmiffSteen

    ‘All in all, it;s just another brick in the wall’….WHAT is Legere doing?? Must have run into the tail-end of a time bubble on his last run…. Remember John… It’s May, 2015 …. Got it???

    • Chuck

      Exactly. It’s May 2015, not 2012. BlackBerry changed the game ten years ago by putting the Internet on phones. Now they’re changing it again by putting the Internet of everything on phones. Most people don’t understand this yet, but that’s where this technology is going.

      • VRSmiffSteen

        Maybe, BUT having that wave of change come from 2001-Oftawa is NOT an option.

        • Chuck

          Sorry, I don’t follow.

        • VRSmiffSteen

          The new CEO of Blackberry believes it’s still 2001 and Blackberry is still in Ottawa… The world has moved on…

        • Chuck

          Does he really? I haven’t heard him say anything like that. The world is currently buying other devices that are advertised on TV. Technologically, BlackBerry is still very much in the game, ahead in a lot of ways that matter (battery life, signal strength, integration of core apps, OS stability, connectivity via various protocols like NFC, DLNA, etc.).

        • VRSmiffSteen

          NOBODY CARES.

          Here’s a note from Bloomberg from almost a year ago… It’s only gotten worse. ‘

        • Chuck

          You do, apparently, or you wouldn’t be commenting. Just sayin’.

        • VRSmiffSteen

          Naa… Like Legere… Probably one of the better CEO’s in the US… This just seems like a step backwards…

  • pseudoswede

    How is Android integration with BB10? I’ve read it’s better than before, but still a ways to go. I’ve also read that you can sideload Google Play Store. Is that true? How are apps installed through that?

    • Verizonthunder

      Way better with 10.3 but last time I recoil the side load apps were from Amazon play store maybe Google play also I hope.

    • Verizonthunder

      I just checked it out yes you can put Google play store on blackberry it’s on crackberry website. Just Google (Google play store on blackberry)

      • Zacamandapio

        I need to do this when I get it. Sideload it maybe. But at the same time I feel free for some reason when I’m away from all the google stuff.

        • Verizonthunder

          Just type that search in Google and look for crackberry website. I am happy to know this too.

        • Zacamandapio

          Ok.
          Thanks,
          Will do.

      • Cam Bunton

        I sideloaded an app called “Snap” which essentially acts as a Google Play Store for BlackBerry. You can install any Android apps from it without side-loading. There will be some that won’t work because they need Google Play Services (Hangouts/Google Play Games etc), but most third party apps can be installed.

        • Alex L.

          dont forget though, before you can sideload snap, you need a program called sachesi to put snap on your bb. all in all the process will take a couple of min tops.

      • jelp2

        BB 10.3.1 OS comes with Amazon app store preloaded. Not that Amazon is a large as Google Play Store, but all apps are easily loaded and installed. No side loading needed

    • You don’t even need to sideload anymore. In the forums someone released a Google Play store that could be directly installed, and installation is done without fuss through that app.
      Android apps work pretty well, I’d say 90% work flawlessly. Most of the big ones work just fine. Uber however doesn’t work.

      • Verizonthunder

        Good to know as I have grown tired of Android

      • Zacamandapio

        i didn’t know that. I thought that in order to get the google services you needed to sideload it.

        It’s not like I depend on Google. That’s why I said that when I’m not using a google phone (Android) I feel free. Which is what I’m going to do. Go get my BB again.

      • Alex L.

        ive used uber without any problems on my z10. granted, i installed one of the 10.3 leaks. it might be different on 10.2

        • Oms

          Did you use the Uber app as a passenger or driver? I’m guessing there might be more problems when using as a driver because of the additional features. Also, even on regular Android, the Uber driver app has glitches (i.e. app will close if not on top for two minutes).

        • Alex L.

          i used it as a passenger

        • Uber doesn’t work on my Classic, which runs 10.3.1, but it’s illegal here anyway so I didn’t bother trying to make it work.

  • Zacamandapio

    YES.
    I’m returning my device upgrade just done last week.
    I need to pre-order. Could you provide a link Cam?

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    This is interesting, according to the t-mobile site, The Classic will NOT have BAND 12 support!

  • Tailor00

    Totally itching for this.

  • JLV90

    Cool not for me, but I’m sure there are still some people that want physical keyboards.

  • sosarozay300

    theyd sell a lot more for $300

    • Zacamandapio

      I understand. I use unlocked BBs.
      But the reason I want a T-mobile branded one is for the insurance, warranty, etc.

      • Casey A

        and for wifi-calling? ;)

        • Zacamandapio

          I’ve never used wifi calling. Even when I travel internationally.

    • Chuck

      No, they probably wouldn’t sell more at the lower price. The people who want this device have money, and people who don’t want it (kids and dirtbags) don’t have money. Lowering the price would lower its perceived value, making its classy target market less likely to buy.

  • 1ceTr0n

    A dying animal always puts up one last fight before it finally dies….

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  • Calvin Nop

    Now revive the sidekick line…

    • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

      Haha!

    • Zacamandapio

      Now that would be cool.

    • skywalkr2

      Paris Hilton agrees.

    • itched

      They already did & it failed horribly.

      • Calvin Nop

        the timing wasn’t perfect and it wasn’t executed properly. also, it was samsung… we do have the software and hardware to make something better.

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    No way this phone should be price the same as the best Android device of the year: Moto X!

    Haha!

  • Marco

    This is great news none the less, but I’m waiting for the slider they teased at MWC. That thing will be AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  • Dawin Arvelo

    Awesome news.

  • Logan S

    $440??

    Amazon has it for $357.14, free shipping no hassle free return within 30 days (Prime): B00OYZZ3VS

    • Logan S

      Note: unlocked, no band 12.

      But the one from Tmo is likely lacking B12 too, possibly contradicting earlier statement that all new Tmo phones will be capable of B12.

      • steveb944

        Are you sure it wasn’t smartphones only? This is borderline.

        • Logan S

          Not sure what you’re asking. It’s:
          “BlackBerry Classic Smartphone – Factory Unlocked (Black)”

          No plan needed.

          Google the Amazon Standard Identification Number: B00OYZZ3VS

        • steveb944

          “contradicting earlier statement that all new Tmo phones will be capable of B12.”

          I wasn’t asking about BB, I was referring to the statement about devices having B12 support.

        • Logan S

          I think it’s very safe to say, despite the “Classic” designation, that this is a smartphone.

        • Chuck

          It’s more like a geniusphone.

        • Michael Maggard

          As RIM marketing *invented* the word “smartphone” to sell the BlackBerry it definitely qualifies.

          Unfortunately sometimes broad statements are sometimes made that are only broadly true.

          For example the Motorola Nexus 6 still doesn’t have WiFi Calling in spite of the all-smartphones will have WiFi Calling Uncarrier promise, and it looks like this BlackBerry might be an exception to the 700Mhz rule.

  • Genecio

    This BB Classic should taste extra sweet with the T-mobile $30 Unlimited Text, Data(5GB @4G LTE), and 100 whenever minutes plan.

  • ssjchaseutley

    I love how the price is listed but no mention of specs.

    • Casey A

      Specs are easy to find. Just remember, Blackberry phones traditionally offer a good experience on older hardware. The Classic has almost identical internals to the launch Q10 and Z10.

      • ssjchaseutley

        If a website (that is on the side of Tmobile) is imploring me to spend $400 bucks, I’d like to know a little more about what I’m getting other than the name “Blackberry”, that’s all.

  • SΞΛИ KΞLLΞHΞR

    YESSSS.

    Only for business users? Or can consumers get it too?

  • MKashi

    Come on Mike Sievert, have a $200 off any working Blackberry offer to promote this device, so I can trade in an old 8320 and get $200 off an S6!!

  • GSX

    Does this mean that there’s a chance they will now enable VoLTE and faster 4G LTE data for the Z10?

  • eight7four

    Sadly, sideloading GroupMe makes it run like crap…..i had it for about a week and ended up returning it to Amazon. I use GroupME A LOT.

    • Mike Palomba

      Are you sure it’s the phone that was the problem? I use it on my iPhone 6 and it didn’t run very well until the latest update about a day ago. Now it runs much better

      • eight7four

        I’ve never had a problem with any version on my IPhone 6. My friend has had 0 problems with his android device. GroupMe is not a native bb app. Push notifications didn’t work and you’d have to get updates by opening the app. I tried to use strictly SMS notification but you just miss so much.

    • Chuck

      That app is totally unnecessary. All the functionality is built into the OS. Just create contact groups.

      • eight7four

        Try telling that to my friends/co workers/family.

        • Chuck

          It’s necessary for them if they’re using inferior phones, but it’s not necessary for you on the Classic. It’s built int. You can chat in their groups all you want. But you really should get them all on BBM – it’s soooo much better!

        • eight7four

          No offense but that’s the kind of fanboy status comment I avoid. I like all platforms and believe everyone should use what they like and feel comfortable with. Apps help us link those platforms together. The app support for Blackberry just isn’t there anymore. Sideloading is not the be all end all either. Until that time comes, I’ll have to stay away.

        • Chuck

          No offense, but if you’re staying away because of that particular app, you’re missing out unnecessarily. It’s not needed for us. I talk in MMS groups with Groupe users all the time.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Awesome news. more choices

  • Derek

    If they brought back the sidekick, they could tell me it runs the original os using decade old hardware and I would still buy one. miss that phone.

  • JoeyKhache

    Blackberries by far bring in the most issues. Great!!!

  • Oliver Jackson

    This is great news and I hope the Passport will follow.I always had a soft spot in my heart for Blackberry for business.BBM,push emails. Can’t be beat along with Samsung.Good job TMobile

    • 21stNow

      What phones don’t receive push email messages today?

  • Dante Farrar

    Bring the Passport PLEASE!!!.

  • Chris Meyers

    Awh man this brings back memories. I had a 7100T, a Pearl, a Curve 8900, a couple different Bolds. All before I made the sad shift most of us made to Android. But because of Blackberry I was using smartphones before smartphones were mainstream. The Blackberry phase (from around 06-08) is what created the market conditions for Apple to wnt to enter, and then Google.

    • A Blackberry Addict I AM

      Great Memories for me also, Yessss (smile)…Thanks!

  • mary5652

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  • Orlando G.

    I’m actually surprised that there is still demand for BB. Nice to see all the comments. I used to be a big BB fan back in the day.
    One of my friends does security for the banking business and although she has an iphone, the company gave her a BB Bold for business. That phone still feels perfect in the hand. Too bad I’m so engulfed in Google’s ecosystem not too mention my eyes aren’t the way they used to be and the bigger screen on my LG G3 is nice to look at.

  • RJ

    Had an 8700, 8100, 8220, 8900, 9780, 9810,9900, Q10, Z10….and i need this and the passport…gimme!

  • eAbyss

    I’m sure this news makes the dozen people still using BlackBerry happy.

    • Zadamandapio

      I’m one of them.

  • Elier Ruiz

    I like the Blackberry Porsche. Be nice if T-Mobile offered it.

  • AS118

    Nice! I’m also interested in seeing if T-mobile will carry the Passport and the upcoming slider phone. A full-sized phone with a slide-out portrait keyboard seems like the best of both worlds to me.

  • Zacamandapio

    I don’t know who’s at fault. Today 5/13/2015 I went to two different stores that had the item in stock. When I got there they said they couldn’t sell the phone because it wasn’t in the system yet.
    Customer service said the item was in stores and they should be able to sell them.
    I just ordered online.
    This is just a big mess.

    • Brian the populist.

      I got my blackberryclassic friday and to say the least when I told the sales rep I was getting one she said Ohhok and tried to make me feel bad for not staying with android.to top it off they did even carry accessories so I had to go to verizon my previous carrier Not Good!