Both the BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport went official last year, however, so far none of them have been available for purchase in the US through a service provider on contract. So far the only option to grab the handset was to buy a factory unlocked device to use it on any GSM carrier, such as AT&T, T-Mobile or Straight Talk. However, is was a pretty expensive route. That’s in the past now. A few days ago AT&T announced its plans to sell the Classic and Passport via its network and apparently the carrier kept its promise – both phones are now on sale at subsidized lower price with contract.
BlackBerry Passport and Classic for AT&T – Pricing & Payment Options
As always, AT&T offers its customers several payment options, including two-year contract, installment plan and outright purchase. Users who sign a two-year agreement can grab the Blackberry Passport for $199.99, while the Classic is significantly more affordable and costs just $49.99 on contract.
Both handsets are available with AT&T Next and the prices are as follows: the Passport will set you back $21.67, $27.09 or $32.50, while the Blackberry Classic is selling for $14.00, $17.50 or $21.00 with Next 24, 18 and 12, respectively. Full retail price is set at $649.99 for the Passport and $419.99 for the Classic.
Although at first glance you may not be able to notice any difference, the design of AT&T version of the Blackberry Passport was a bit altered. The phone has more rounded edges and some extra space between the keyboard and bottom edge but otherwise it’s the same Passport you know. Powered by a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, the device packs a 4.5-inch 1440×1440 display, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable memory, 13-megapixel main camera and a massive 3,450 mAh battery. Below the phone’s square screen is a physical touch sensitive QWERTY keyboard with extra functionality such as scrolling.
The Blackberry Classic is a proposition for folks who prefer more iconic design created by former RIM company. The phone features a classic QWERTY keyboard, hence the name, which is equipped with optical trackpad, menu and back keys as well as dedicated buttons to start, answer and end calls. Other key features of the Classic include a 3.5-inch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2515mAh battery.
Both phones received very positive reviews and are expected to attract even more attention when offered at subsidized prices. And what’s your choice? The traditional but still very capable Classic, or the unique and very premium Passport?