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.
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— John Legere (@JohnLegere) May 7, 2015
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:
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.