It was made official at an event in New York, when it was shown off on stage by CEO John Chen.The unlocked, GSM version of the Black Berry Classic is already up for order through the company’s website, and through Black Berry and T-Mobile finally made amends, and the Classic reached the Uncarrier’s network on May 13.
The Classic hit T-Mobile store shelves on May 15, at which point customers were able to get it for $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $18.33 a month.
In late July, T-Mobile discounted the Classic to $370 unsubsidized, which is $69.93 off of the Classic’s previous price of $439.92.
The company released a mid-range handset in the form of the Black Berry Leap and drilled down on its BB10 software, adding in new features and refining the overall experience.
However, things began heating up BIG TIME in Q2/Q3 once word got out about the company’s plans to release an Android-powered handset called the Black Berry PRIV.
It costs $100 with a two-year contract, but there’s a $50 mail-in rebate to effectively halve the price.
On Verizon Edge, you can get the phone for 24 monthly payments of .66.
Unfortunately, it doesn't allow you to do the same with video at present.
The Facebook application integrates nicely with the Black Berry operating system.
Personally, I think it was the last, great phone the Canadian company produced. The KEYone is a breath of fresh air and it shows that Black Berry, when it wants to, can still develop and create very compelling hardware.