BlackBerry Classic Review!

BlackBerry Classic

The wait is over. The BlackBerry Classic has now arrived, and it brings the promise of the speed and performance of BlackBerry 10 with the familiar and classic navigation keys you know and love. All that in a package that is 'designed from the ground up to meet the needs of productive people who appreciate the speed and accuracy that can only be found with a physical QWERTY keyboard'.

It's a device purposefully built to be reliable, durable, made with high-quality materials, and that delivers on quality and fits neatly in your pocket. From the official announcement of its eventual release back in February at Mobile World Congress 2014 to now, many folks have been waiting for the BlackBerry Classic and now that it's here, it's time to take a look and see if it delivers on all those points.

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These mini BlackBerry USB power plugs are marked down 77% today!

The Blackberry USB 750mA Power Plug allows you to charge most devices with any USB cable that supports charging. Use one at the office, at home or on the go. It's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand or carry in your pocket, too! Get yours in black or white today for just $6.95 (USB cable not included)

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BlackBerry Blend smartphone and desktop apps all updated to new versions

Whether you're looking for the PC and Mac apps or the BlackBerry 10, iOS or Android versions, BlackBerry Blend has been updated across the board today with several improvements and fixes. Right now, the desktop versions don't really have a change log but the smartphone apps all share the same one.

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen

If you weren't able to tune into the BlackBerry Classic launch event live, you can now head on over to the event website and watch the replay at a time that is convenient for you. In order to take it all in, you'll need to set aside about an hour and ten minutes unless there's some parts you feel like skipping through. Be sure to check out the end as well if you took part in the BlackBerry mosaic, you just might see your name on the big screen, though you can also check out a longer version of the end video below.

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BES getting enhanced security, collaboration, communication

BlackBerry's further enhancing their enterprise standing with the release of cross-platform new management and productivity tools for BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android. The Secure Productivity bundle for businesses using BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES10 or BES12) and offers support for using a device as a two-factor VPN authentication token, BBM Protected for secure and encrypted messaging, BlackBerry Blend, and enhanced customer support.

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BlackBerry Classic

The BlackBerry Classic will be sold by AT&T in the US, as confirmed by the U.S. wireless carrier today. However, it did not reveal a launch date nor a price point for the smartphone. Verizon Wireless also posted word they will sell the smartphone, but did not offer a price point. The carrier said it will sell the BlackBerry Classic sometime in early 2015

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BlackBerry announces partnerships for launch of BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry has announced a couple of new device partnerships with Mackenzie Health and Ingram Micro Mobility. Both companies will launch the new BlackBerry Classic. Mackenzie Health will launch the device to its employees, including those in sensitive positions.

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BlackBerry brings in more enterprise apps

Productivity is the heart of the BlackBerry experience, and to help enhance the productivity of their enterprise customers BlackBerry today announced a number of new enterprise apps that are coming to the BlackBerry 10 platform and the just-officially-announced BlackBerry Classic. The BlackBerry Classic launch today has strongly featured enterprise, even pulling several high-profile enterprise users onto the stage to assist in pitching the new smartphone. And so it makes sense that BlackBerry would have some new enterprise-focused apps to go along with their new phone made for the enterprise power users.

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The official launch of the BlackBerry Classic today was accompanied today by a series of official videos that focused on the business uses of BlackBerry's latest smartphone.

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BlackBerry officially announces the BlackBerry Classic

After teasing for ages, BlackBerry today finally and officially announced the BlackBerry Classic. The phone combines the best of BlackBerry 10 with a design that melds together the modern BlackBerry Q10 with the classic navigation keys and trackpad loved on the BlackBerry Bold 9900.

It's a heck of a BlackBerry, and you should definitely check out our comprehensive review of the BlackBerry Classic.

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BlackBerry Classic photo gallery!

BlackBerry Classic With Leather Pouch

Now that the BlackBerry Classic has been announced, we can show you all some better images of the device up close and personal. Below, I've laid out a nice selection of some random and device comparison shots for everyone. You can jump for a better look or you can head on over to the BlackBerry Classic review as well to see them and more.

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BlackBerry Classic Launch Live Blog and Chat!

BlackBerry Classic Live Blog and Chat!

Is everybody ready? Today is the day for the BlackBerry Classic launch in NYC, Frankfurt and Singapore and you can tune into all the action as it happens both here in our live blog and via the streaming link at the BlackBerry Live events website. Settle in, kick back, have some fun and wait for things to get rolling. The event FULLY kicks off at 10AM EST but we'll be opening the chat up around and hour or so early so people can hang out and chat, so be there or be square!

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QuickPost-Update-Hero

It was only about a week ago that QuickPost 2.0 was launched - bringing a brand new look to the BlackBerry 10 app which allows you to update various social networks from just one place.

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BlackBerry logo

BlackBerry is set to launch the Classic later today, with events scheduled at New York City, Frankfurt, and Singapore. After the launch of the handset, the Canadian manufacturer will visit the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square to ring the stock market closing bell.

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WIND Mobile to get Blackberry Classic next month

As anticipation heats up ahead of the Blackberry Classic's official launch, WIND Mobile has announced that will be bringing the device to the great white north next month.

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Don't forget to join us December 17th (that's tomorrow!) at 10:00AM EST for the BlackBerry Classic launch event. We'll be live streaming the event right here so make sure you're here for the announcement and to take part in the chat with fellow BlackBerry enthusiasts! Bla1ze will be attending the event in New York City and bringing us all the latest news on the BlackBerry Classic, and you won't want to miss it.

Are you looking forward to the BlackBerry Classic, or already pre-ordered, or is this device just not for you? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll see you all here tomorrow!

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Canada loans Vodafone $850 million to help strengthen BlackBerry

Canada is expressing its support for home-grown smartphone manufacturer with a massive 5-year, $850 million loan to British telecom giant Vodafone Group. Under the terms of the loan agreement, Vodafone will use $750 million to purchase services and products produced by BlackBerry, with the remaining $100 million used towards expanding smaller Canadian suppliers to to the carrier.

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How can this be real? Free 4G internet and 80% off a nationwide hotspot [sponsored]

FreedomPop has been upending the market as the nation's first totally free 4G internet and phone provider. And now as a special to Mobile Nations readers they're offering their Nationwide MiFi 4082 Hotspot for 80% off for the holidays.

They’re tossing in a 2 GB premium data trial (normally worth $19.99), a free portable 2000 mAh power bank, and free shipping to boot! With a one-time purchase of a Nationwide Hotspot from FreedomPop, you can enjoy 100% free 4G wireless internet on any device.

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T-Mobile Un-carrier 8 gives you rollover data with Data Stash

T-Mobile has today announced Un-carrier 8.0, introducing its new personal Data Stash feature for subscribers. This new Data Stash will enable anyone who doesn't use up their data allowance for that month to store this remaining balance on their T-Mobile account for use another time. Put simply, you'll be able to automatically save the remaining data allowance each month for free, and then use this hidden stash whenever you run over the limit.

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