The BlackBerry Passport, see my full review, was released almost six months ago and is now finally coming to a US carrier.
While you have been able to purchase SIM-unlocked Passport to use on T-Mobile and AT&T for the past several months, many US consumers prefer to purchase directly from their carrier using various subsidy options. AT&T is the only US carrier currently offering the two latest BlackBerry models, available starting on 20 February.
AT&T BlackBerry Passport
This particular BlackBerry Passport model is a bit unique compared to the current black, red, and white one you can purchase directly from BlackBerry. The AT&T model has rounded edges and extra space below the keyboard.
Everything else about this model is the same as the current Passport, including a 4.5 inch square display, BB OS 10.3.1, full QWERTY hardware keyboard, 3GB RAM, microSD card slot, 13 megapixel camera, and 3,450 mAh battery for extended use.
The BlackBerry Passport will be available starting 20 February for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month with AT&T Next 24, $27.09 with AT&T Next 18, or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $649.99. The unlocked Passport normally retails for $699.
AT&T BlackBerry Classic
The BlackBerry Classic appeals to the more traditional BlackBerry user with a touch-sensitive optical trackpad, compact QWERTY, capacitive buttons, and familiar form factor. The AT&T model has the same design as the unlocked version available from BlackBerry.
Specifications of the BlackBerry Classic include a 3.5 inch touch display, 8 megapixel camera, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, and 2,515 mAh battery.
You can purchase the BlackBerry Classic for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14 per month with AT&T Next 24, $17.50 per month with Next 18, or $21 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $49.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $419.99. The unlocked Classic sells for $449.