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BlackBerry Classic Available Feb. 26 on the Verizon Wireless Network

February 24, 2015 8:13 PM | Blackberry | Verizon |

BlackBerry loyalists and keyboard fans will feel right at home with the new BlackBerry Classic. The familiar design and iconic keyboard return for those who have 10 minutes to type 10 emails before moving onto their next task. QWERTY fans, this is for you. Read all about the announcement at Verizon Wireless.

In today’s smartphone world, apps are all part of the experience. The BlackBerry Classic gives you access to both BlackBerry and Android apps, the best of both worlds. Search for and download apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. And with so many apps, you’ll need a battery to power you through the day. The 2500mAh battery gives you up to 22 hours of mixed usage. Power Optimization on the Classic helps to extend the battery life in those times when you’re running low and need to stay online.

Apps are great, but many require a reliable data connection to use them. You shouldn’t have to worry about a BBM or text that’s stuck on “sending” or a video that spends more time buffering than playing. The BlackBerry Classic runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network and is XLTE-Ready, so you’ll be able to get faster peak speeds and greater network capacity than before in cities coast to coast. XLTE is available in over 400 markets.

At its core, the Classic really is about productivity and getting things done. But in order to be efficient, organization is needed. BlackBerry Hub helps manage all your conversations in one place with a single swipe. You’ll see emails, texts, BBM, calls, social media and more in one inbox. You can also prioritize contacts and message types with the Instant-Action feature.


AT&T Confirms it Will Offer the BlackBerry Classic

December 17, 2014 7:46 PM | Blackberry |

AT&T confirms that the BlackBerry Classic is set to join AT&T’s network, which is both the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network and the network that has the nation’s strongest LTE signal.2 Further details on pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. BlackBerry Classic brings back the familiar QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys with the security, speed and performance of the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

AT&T was the first to launch a BlackBerry device in the U.S. with the BlackBerry 950 in 1999; first with a GSM enabled product with the BlackBerry 5810 and 5820 in 2002; and the first and only to launch the exclusive BlackBerry Torch with full QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen. The BlackBerry Z10 was the first BlackBerry smartphone to run on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

AT&T is focused on giving our customers a top-notch experience through fast and friendly service. Being recognized as the highest ranked wireless provider for overall purchasing experience by J.D. Power,3 for the third time in a row, shows this commitment to the customer experience is making a difference.  AT&T outperformed competitors in the J.D. Power 2014 Volume 2 study and received the “Highest Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-Service Wireless Providers, Three Times in a Row.”


BlackBerry Passport is Your Ticket to New Era in Mobile Productivity

September 24, 2014 8:41 PM | Blackberry |

After months of anticipation, BlackBerry officially launched its BlackBerry Passport smartphone on Wednesday.

The launch, which took place near-simultaneously in three locations around the world (Toronto, London and Dubai), grabbed both headlines and the attention of social media users worldwide. #BlackBerryPassport was one of the hottest-trending topics on Twitter in the United States and Canada on Wednesday. Here’s a text + photo recap (you can see the full photo album from the Toronto launch on the BlackBerry Facebook page).

Tim Leiweke, CEO of MLSE Sports & Entertainment, the owners of Toronto Raptors, Maple Leafs, and other sports teams, and a BlackBerry corporate user, speaking at the Toronto launch.

In Canada, the BlackBerry Passport is available today, at a special, limited time price of $200 from Telus (on contract). In the U.S., consumers will be able to buy it via our exclusive carrier, AT&T.  Unlocked versions of the BlackBerry Passport will be available for a limited time via, and other retailers. The phone will be available in 30 countries by year’s end.

Get all of the details about the new device, including videos, official pricing and availability at Inside BlackBerry blogs.

Top view of the Real Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Toronto, where the Canada launch was held.

While BlackBerry continues its evolution into a software-focused provider of high-security solutions for enterprises and governments, the BlackBerry Passport is a high-productivity piece of the overall enterprise puzzle that should appeal to many mobile professionals, who make up about 30% of the market, says Jeff Gadway, a product marketing lead at BlackBerry.


BlackBerry Opens BlackBerry 10 Operating System to Multiple MDM Platforms

May 13, 2014 10:06 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it will enable mobile device management (MDM) companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

AirWatch, Citrix, IBM and SAP have expressed their intent to be the first companies to work with BlackBerry to enable a more open mobility ecosystem. In doing so, BlackBerry will provide organizations with more options to embrace multi-operating system mobile environments by enabling other MDM companies to manage BlackBerry 10 devices.

According to Gartner, “Mobile device management (MDM) remains a top priority for IT buyers, and investment levels are growing steadily. Competition among players drives commoditization.”[1] Gartner also notes, “Proliferation of and demand for workplace mobility necessitate the need for quality and flexible management tools.”[2] As a result of this demand, BlackBerry is working with the companies listed above to offer customers the most flexible solution to support a broader enterprise mobility strategy.

“Offering the end-to-end secure solutions valued by our customers in government and other regulated industries remains central to our strategy; however BlackBerry understands the opportunity and importance of opening our BlackBerry 10 software,” said Ron Louks, President of Devices and Emerging Solutions, BlackBerry. “This is a natural next step in our enterprise strategy as we seek to provide our customers with maximum choice in how they will meet the full array of employee mobility needs.”


BlackBerry Rolls Out Latest Version of BBM

April 2, 2014 8:48 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry has announced that the latest version of BBM has began to roll out to users starting. With this new version of BBM you will be able to:

  • Add some more fun to your BBM chats with the introduction of stickers available in the new BBM Shop
  • Send larger files (up to 16MB on BlackBerry 10, Android and iPhone) so you can share higher quality photos, longer videos and bigger attachments
  • Share pictures in multi-person chats making it easy to send a pic several people and chat about it together


BlackBerry Announces New Features to BBM

February 13, 2014 7:01 PM | Blackberry | Software |

Today BlackBerry announced the addition of new features to BBM that users on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry can enjoy. When the update becomes available later today, these new features will give you more ways to chat and share than ever before on BBM. Some of the new features include: BBM Voice, BBM Channels, Location Sharing powered by Glympse, Pictures, Voice notes, attachments, Dropbox Integration, New Emoticons, Larger BBM Groups and more.  See video above.



Blackberry Announces Plans to Divest Canadian Real Estate Holdings

January 21, 2014 9:18 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it intends to divest the majority of its real estate holdings in Canada.

In partnership with CBRE Limited, BlackBerry intends to strategically divest the majority of its commercial real estate portfolio through a combination of sale-leaseback and vacant asset sales. The properties to be offered for sale comprise over 3 million square feet of space.

“BlackBerry remains committed to being headquartered in Waterloo and having a strong presence in Canada along with other global hubs,” said BlackBerry CEO and Executive Chair, John Chen. “This initiative will further enhance BlackBerry’s financial flexibility, and will provide additional resources to support our operations as our business continues to evolve.”


BB Announces Twitter for BlackBerry 10 Updated

December 29, 2013 1:16 PM | Blackberry | Software |

BlackBerry released the following about their Twitter App:

Please read this important updated information about the latest release:

Twitter version 10.2.2 has been removed from BlackBerry World due to user reported issues. We are actively investigating and will provide an update here when Twitter 10.2.2 has been reposted.

If you have downloaded the 10.2.2 version and are experiencing issues please follow these steps to downgrade:
  1. On the home screen, hold the Twitter icon until the X appears. Press the X to delete the application.
  2. Open BlackBerry World.
  3. In BlackBerry World go to Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen.
  4. Select -> General -> Refresh BlackBerry World.
  5. Search for Twitter in BlackBerry World
  6. Install Twitter version 10.2.1


Customers Test BlackBerry's Latest Enterprise Mobility Solution

December 3, 2013 8:45 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry® today announced enhancements to its award-winning multi-OS enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution with the release of BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) version 10.2. BES10 customers including Morgan Stanley, Boeing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Secusmart are currently participating in the BES10 version 10.2 Early Adopter and Beta programs, and are running the new version in a test environment.

To date, customers have installed nearly 30,000 BES10 commercial and test servers around the world. Organizations continue to choose BlackBerry because it is the most proven and trusted enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, supporting iOS®, Android™ and BlackBerry smartphones. That is why Secusmart, a leading expert in the field of highly secure mobile voice and data communication, uses BES10, and chose to be an early adopter of version 10.2.

"Secusmart’s needs an EMM solution that can enable our workforce to be more productive and connected, while maintaining our strict security standards and not compromising on our end user experience,” said Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart. “BES10 provides the necessary functionality and security for our employees and has truly exceeded our expectations. We’ve benefitted tremendously from BlackBerry’s single, secure multi-platform connectivity model to mobilize our business and empower our employees to be more productive and better equipped to serve our customers.”

Recently named the Best Mobile Device Management Software for 2013 by UK enterprise IT publication V3, BES10 is the only enterprise mobility management solution capable of delivering comprehensive management and security for devices, apps and content across iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, all easily managed through a single console. Backed by industry leading global support services, BES10 offers a seamless, scalable and cost-effective way to truly mobilize businesses, enabling organizations to balance end user and corporate needs without compromising security.


Blackberry Announces Management and Board Changes

November 25, 2013 8:49 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that as part of the on-going reorganization of BlackBerry, Kristian Tear, the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, and Frank Boulben, the Company’s Chief Marketing Officer, will leave the Company.  BlackBerry also announced that James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as its Chief Financial Officer.  Yersh, who has worked at BlackBerry since 2008, previously served as Senior Vice President, Controller and as the Company’s head of Compliance.  Bidulka will stay on as a special advisor to the CEO for the remainder of the fiscal year to assist with the transition.

“I thank Kristian and Frank for their efforts on behalf of BlackBerry.  I look forward to working more directly with the talented teams of engineers, and the sales and marketing teams around the world to facilitate the BlackBerry turn-around and to drive innovation,” said John Chen, Executive Chair and CEO of BlackBerry.  “I also thank Brian for his eight years of dedicated service to BlackBerry.  I look forward to working with James and his Finance team as we move forward, execute on our plans and deliver long-term value for our shareholders.”


BBM for Android and iPhone Updates Now Available

November 14, 2013 6:24 PM | Blackberry |

A new update to BBM is rolling out for Android and iPhone users. In addition to several new features, bug fixes and performance improvements, we are also proud to deliver something you’ve been asking for: support for iPod and iPads!

Here’s a quick overview of what’s new and how to use the new features :)

BBM for Android
  • Support for BBM Contact Categories
  • BBM Group List sorting and filtering improvements
  • More options for sharing your BBM PIN Barcode
  • Find your friends on other social networks who are also using BBM
  • Addresses an issue where some users may have experienced higher battery use
BBM for iPhone
  • Support for iPod and iPad devices running iOS6 and iOS7
  • Improvements to right-to-left language support
  • More options for sharing your BBM PIN Barcode
  • Find your friends on other social networks who are also using BBM
  • Fixes an issue where some users would be missing BBM contact names
First thing’s first, if you haven’t already, check for a BBM update in the App Store and Google Play.

Share your PIN Barcode


BlackBerry Z30 Available in November Exclusively from Verizon Wireless (Update)

November 12, 2013 7:32 PM | Blackberry | Verizon |


UPDATE - Tuesday, Nov. 12: The BlackBerry Z30 will be available online starting Thursday, Nov. 14 for $199.99 with new two-year activation.

Oct. 28 - Big screens on smartphones mean less squinting when reading emails or editing documents, easier typing on a larger keyboard, and more sharing videos with friends sitting next to you. The newest smartphone from BlackBerry will make that all possible.

Coming in November, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone with 5-inch HD display will be available online at for $199.99 with new two-year activation. Verizon Edge is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade for $22.91 per month for 24 months.

Gamers will appreciate the HD screen for mobile gaming on the go, but the BlackBerry Z30 also supports Miracast to wirelessly connect to a compatible HDTV and mirror exactly what’s on the smartphone to the HDTV’s larger display. Business professionals, for example, can walk into a boardroom with only their smartphone and show their presentation on an HDTV to colleagues or supervisors.



BlackBerry Receives Investment of U.S. $1 Billion

November 4, 2013 9:00 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry, a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that it has entered into an agreement pursuant to which Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") and other institutional investors (collectively, the "Purchasers") will invest in BlackBerry through a U.S. $1 billion private placement of convertible debentures. Fairfax has agreed to acquire U.S. $250 million principal amount of the Debentures. The transaction is expected to be completed within the next two weeks.

Under the terms of the transaction, the Purchasers will subscribe for U.S. $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 6% unsecured subordinated convertible debentures (the "Debentures") convertible into common shares of BlackBerry at a price of U.S. $10.00 per common share (the "Transaction"), a 28.7% premium to the closing price of BlackBerry common shares on November 1, 2013. The Debentures have a term of seven years. Based on the number of common shares currently outstanding, if all of the U.S. $1 billion of Debentures were converted, the common shares issued upon conversion would represent approximately 16% of the common shares outstanding after giving effect to the conversion.

Upon the closing of the transaction, John S. Chen will be appointed Executive Chair of BlackBerry's Board of Directors and, in that role, will be responsible for the strategic direction, strategic relationships and organizational goals of BlackBerry. Prem Watsa, Chairman and CEO of Fairfax, will be appointed Lead Director and Chair of the Compensation, Nomination and Governance Committee and Thorsten Heins and David Kerr intend to resign from the Board at closing.

In addition, Mr. Heins will step down as Chief Executive Officer at closing and Mr. Chen will serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer pending completion of a search for a new Chief Executive Officer.


BlackBerry Z30 Available in November Exclusively from Verizon Wireless

October 28, 2013 7:13 PM | Blackberry |

Big screens on smartphones mean less squinting when reading emails or editing documents, easier typing on a larger keyboard, and more sharing videos with friends sitting next to you. The newest smartphone from BlackBerry will make that all possible.

Coming in November, the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone with 5-inch HD display will be available online at for $199.99 with new two-year activation. Verizon Edge is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade for $22.91 per month for 24 months.

Gamers will appreciate the HD screen for mobile gaming on the go, but the BlackBerry Z30 also supports Miracast to wirelessly connect to a compatible HDTV and mirror exactly what’s on the smartphone to the HDTV’s larger display. Business professionals, for example, can walk into a boardroom with only their smartphone and show their presentation on an HDTV to colleagues or supervisors.

Besides the big HD screen, BlackBerry Z30 includes the BlackBerry Hub, a single place on the smartphone where users can access all their conversations. BBMs, Twitter @ replies, emails, text messages, Facebook event invites and more can be found in one place without launching each app individually. And within BlackBerry Hub is the Priority Hub, which learns what conversations are important to the user, helping them stay even more organized and focused.


LG Unveils World's First "Real" Curved Smartphone

October 28, 2013 7:08 PM | Blackberry |

Setting a new milestone in the evolution of the smartphone, LG Electronics (LG) today officially took the wraps off the LG G Flex, a smartphone curved to follow the contour of the face, the first device to offer such a design in the smartphone market. The latest device in LG’s premium G Series, the G Flex incorporates proprietary innovations from other LG companies in the form of the display and battery that have never been seen before. The LG G Flex also boasts new user experience (UX) features that take advantage of the curved form factor.

“The LG G Flex is the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G Flex with its distinctive design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX represents the most significant development in the smartphone space since smartphone became part of our regular vocabulary.”

Form + Function: Design that Understands Human Curves

The vertically curved design of the LG G Flex reduces the distance between one’s mouth to the microphone when the device is held against the ear, as traditional telephone handsets used to. The LG G Flex employs a curvature arc that is optimized for the average face, to deliver improved voice and sound quality. The curved form increases the sound level by 3dB compared to typical flat smartphones. The curved design also offers a more reassuring grip and fits more comfortably in one’s back pocket. What’s more, in landscape mode, the display offers an IMAX-like experience, with the result being the most comfortable viewing angle for watching videos or playing games.

LG G Flex also features the Rear Key first introduced in the LG G2. Devoid of any buttons on the sides, there is less chance of accidentally powering off the phone and the convenience of using one’s index finger to adjust the volume when conversing is maintained.


BlackBerry 10.2 OS Begins Roll Out

October 23, 2013 7:33 PM | Blackberry | Software |

BlackBerry got some exciting news for BlackBerry 10 customers out there— today your favorite smartphone is getting even better with the release of BlackBerry 10.2 OS, which will available for download starting this week.

BlackBerry 10.2 OS introduces new features like BlackBerry Priority Hub, BlackBerry Natural Sound, and BBM now in any app that will help you be more productive and stay better connected when it counts. Plus, with hundreds of new refinements, BlackBerry 10.2 makes the things you do every day faster and easier. Here are just some of the new features you’re going to love in BlackBerry 10.2:

BlackBerry 10.2 Highlights:

Priority Hub
Keep your important conversations closer than ever with the new Priority Hub. Always at your fingertips, Priority Hub learns what conversations are most important to you and automatically puts those messages at the top of your inbox, helping you to stay focused on the critical items. On top of that, the new attachment view helps you organize files and documents across your messaging accounts and within specific message threads.

BBM Video with Natural Sound
BBM Video has always allowed you to have a live face-to-face conversation with anyone, anywhere. Now, with Natural Sound, BBM Video and Voice conversations between BlackBerry 10 smartphones sound more natural and realistic. It’s the next best thing to being in the same room. We’re able to accomplish this because BlackBerry Natural Sound captures a wider sound spectrum, so you can hear subtle nuances that are lost in most cellular calls.


BBM for Android and BBM for iPhone

October 21, 2013 7:29 PM | Blackberry |

BlackBerry is about to officially resume rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe!* In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download.

The demand for BBM on Android and BBM on iPhone continues to be amazing. About six million people signed up for information about BBM at In just seven hours, about one million Android users were using the unreleased version of BBM for Android. What you don’t know is that more than one million people have found creative ways to “side load” BBM on their iPhone. This is incredible.

To help manage this unprecedented pent up demand for BBM, BB is implementing a simple line-up system to ensure a smooth roll out. Here’s how it is going to work…


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