Hey U.S. of A: It’s Easier than Ever to Show Your Individual Style With the Limited Edition Red BlackBerry Passport

It’s no secret that Team BlackBerry loves color options, including the Porsche Design P’9983 Graphite Edition, Limited Edition Black and Gold BlackBerry Passport, the White BlackBerry Passport, Limited Edition Red BlackBerry Passport, and don’t forget about the coming blue, bronze and white models of the BlackBerry Classic.

What a selection!

To help with your decision making, the factory-unlocked Limited Edition Red BlackBerry Passport is now available to U.S. customers for $599 (USD), which is the same price as the black and white versions at ShopBlackBerry.com.

(Read our interviews with more than a dozen happy BlackBerry Passport users including celebrity chef Tyler Florence, this real estate agent, senior hospital executive, manufacturing executive, non-profit founder, software engineer, tech journalist, legal administrator, pharmaceutical CEO, software manager, insurance salesman, corporate IT manager and these workers from multiple industries.)

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Still not convinced red is your color?

These satisfied owners think it is.

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Toronto Raptors’ General Manager Reflects on a Winning Season with the BlackBerry Passport

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Last year, we sat down for the first time with BlackBerry Passport user Masai Ujiri, the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors. At the time, the Raptors were just starting their 2014-2015 season. Today, the team has qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year.

That means that Masai has been a very, very busy man since we first met. We sat down again to talk about peak performance — on and off the court.

How are the playoffs different from the regular season?

I think the best word to describe it is ‘intense’. Everybody takes it up a notch; everything becomes about thinking, about preparation— about winning. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s gripping … It’s basically do or die.

BlackBerry is all about enabling collaboration. What does collaboration mean to the Raptors?

It’s huge for us to all be on the same page, both on the court and off the court … you can’t win it alone.

Masai watchingA theme that comes up a lot when talking to our users is reliability. What does that mean to you — on and off the court?

When you play basketball, and you look at your teammate and you know he’s going to be there for you … My Passport is always going to be there for me, whether it’s receiving quick emails, sending texts, sending pictures, attachments — it operates, to me, in the best possible way.

After a season with your BlackBerry Passport, what do you think of it?

It’s the best phone I’ve ever used; great screen; very fast … For me, it’s phenomenal. It’s a big phone that I can’t lose; it’s either my real passport or it’s my BlackBerry Passport!

Masai also mentioned that in the intense excitement of the 2014-2015 season, his BlackBerry endured a few drops, but like a good team player, shrugged off the bumps and kept driving forward.

Find out more about what Masai shared with us below and check out videos from earlier in the season (here and here).

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Pricing and Availability

Rogers and Telus carry the BlackBerry Passport in Canada.

Or, you can get your factory-unlocked BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry.com at these links:

…and at Amazon HERE, with AT&T offering it in the U.S. for $669.99 unsubsidized or $199.99 with a 2-year contract.

For those outside of North America, you can get your BlackBerry Passport directly from us at our global shopping portal HERE as well as your regional carrier.

(Check with your local carrier for device compatibility).


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Uncovering the Facts with a Citrix Webinar Rewind

The Great BlackBerry Migration Myth is something that we’ve talked about before – in fact, we’ve specifically noted how Citrix attempted to propagate the myth at the expense of accuracy. This vendor is at it again, recently hosting a webinar titled, “How to Effectively Replace BlackBerry Devices and Gain User Acceptance.”

We agree with Citrix® that customers are adding other devices to their environments, which is why the BES12 cross-platform EMM solution manages devices from all major mobile platforms. But Citrix has some issues: they can’t manage the breadth of devices that BlackBerry can, they don’t have our broad portfolio and they still don’t have BlackBerry’s leading experience in secure, productive enterprise mobility.

However, Citrix still promised that participants would learn three lessons during the webinar, all of which we’ll break down with a #BBFactCheck. Click through the presentation hosted on SlideShare to read more (and click on the SlideShare icon in the bottom right in order to download it and click on the embedded links):

 

As you can see, there is no need for organizations to consider replacing BlackBerry as their mobility partner. And many enterprises agree. As we reported in the last quarter of fiscal year 2015, BlackBerry won 2,200 new customers, including many competitive displacements.

Did you attend this Citrix webinar? Let us know in the comments what else Citrix got wrong when it comes to supporting customers’ cross-platform environments.


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Awkward Physical Adapters Can’t Match BlackBerry’s Elegant Virtual SIM Solution

In-the-know travelers learned long ago that swapping their phone’s SIM card when crossing the border can save lots of money.

But the need for multiple SIM cards (phone numbers) is set to go mainstream, in the wake of a 2014 California ruling mandating that businesses pay for business calls, texts and data incurred by employees using their own phones for work (aka BYOD). There’s a bit of a scramble for solutions going on, and not all of them are elegant.

Take this kludgy multi-SIM adaptor that lets iPhone users handle two or three phone lines, highlighted recently by ZDNet:

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ZDNet: “The nano SIM sits in the SIM card tray along with the tail of the . . . adapter so that it makes contact with the SIM card pin assembly inside the handset (yes, that ribbon cable is thin enough to fit between the SIM tray and the body of the iPhone 6). Then the other SIM cards fit into the adapter. Now you don’t want to be walking around with a ribbon cable hanging off your handset, which is why you pop it all into a supplied case.”

Assuming you don’t mind having an adaptor jammed into your SIM slot and then hanging tenuously off your iPhone, there’s another catch to deal with.

“You switch between SIM cards from the iOS interface by going Settings > Phone > SIM Applications,” the article explains.

Translated, that means you have to manually select which SIM you want to use at any given time – and you only can have one active at a time.

It gets worse – according to the adaptor manufacturer’s website, “the combination of some SIM cards requires to restart the iPhone 6 after switching between SIMs.”

Ouch.

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WorkLife by BlackBerry is the Best Solution, Bar None

Thankfully, kludgy adaptors aren’t necessary.

The fruit of BlackBerry’s recent acquisition of Movirtu, WorkLife by BlackBerry will spare you the trouble of juggling multiple SIMs and adaptors, allowing for more than one line on the same phone.

As Derek Forrest of tech publication Tom’s IT Pro noted this week, WorkLife is “a way for companies to split the bill fairly by adding a separate corporate-controlled account to BYOD iPhones, Android devices, and of course, BlackBerry devices.”

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There are plenty of benefits for both companies and employees.

“Unlike other solutions that use third party proxy servers to split and calculate usage, sometimes inaccurately and often at the expense of performance, Worklife cuts out the proverbial middle man by performing all usage calculations right on the mobile device itself,” writes Forrest. “Employers can even reassign the corporate phone number of a BYOD device or remove a personal account attached to a COPE device when an employee leaves the company, keeping corporate contacts where they belong and employee privacy intact.”

Additionally, WorkLife by BlackBerry plays well with others.

As Forrest explains, “[I]mportantly, WorkLife can interface with other existing mobile device management and security apps including BlackBerry’s BES12 and the recently released Samsung KNOX to automatically determine usage based on the enterprise container apps.”

Forrest agrees that last year’s “landmark ruling” in California will likely set the tone for work/personal usage of BYOD phones must be precisely calculated – something that WorkLife handles seamlessly.

It’s a very sensible solution for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry, and it beats cramming an adaptor into your SIM port – unless you like that sort of thing.

For more information, check out the WorkLife by BlackBerry page where you can register for updates, and check out the video below for a demonstration.


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Another Dual Device Fan: This Serial Entrepreneur Employs both the BlackBerry Passport and Classic

Do you think of yourself as busy? Then compare your daily to-do list with Joshua Wedekind.

A self-described “serial entrepreneur” based in Reno, Nevada, Wedekind works full-time in the aviation industry, is CEO of mobile payment start-up CipherBuy, partners at a retail violin shop, and still finds the time to freelance as a full-stack web developer.

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Wedekind is also a husband and the father of two daughters, juggling dance recitals and soccer games amongst mobile payments, violins and applications for biotech companies. There he is above, looking surprisingly relaxed.

Maybe it’s because he handles all of his commitments like a champ using the BlackBerry Classic AND the BlackBerry Passport together.

Wedekind is the second techie I’ve interviewed this week who’s wielding the Passport/Classic combo. This one dumped his iPhone 6 Plus for the BlackBerry pair.

I’ve also interviewed more than half-a-dozen satisfied BlackBerry Classic users, from this financial TV guru and this digital marketing agency CEO, to this Toronto Maple Leafs executive and this high-tech CTO, this retailer/app developer, as well as this club DJ and this fine arts photographer. There are also more than a dozen happy BlackBerry Passport users including celebrity chef Tyler Florence, this real estate agent, senior hospital executivemanufacturing executivenon-profit foundersoftware engineertech journalistlegal administratorpharmaceutical CEOsoftware managerinsurance salesmancorporate IT manager and these workers from multiple industries.

Watts: You manage multiple businesses and now multiple devices – What made you get both the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic?

Wedekind: I started carrying two devices because I wanted to have a business and personal phone to maintain a work-life balance.

Initially, I carried a BlackBerry 10 device and an Android phone to run all of the apps I need. But the BlackBerry Passport does such a fine job running Android apps that it replaced my Android.

The BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic are quite a bit different, and they excel in different things. The BlackBerry Passport is by far the best device for running Android apps, especially games. It’s also my go-to device for reading technical documents since the wide screen can show computer code without the text wrapping.

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The BlackBerry Classic is better at composing emails and text. And contrary to what you’d think, I actually prefer to browse the web on my BlackBerry Classic. The track pad generates a little cursor, which can be used to precisely click on the link you intend to. Too many websites don’t consider the mobile experience, and place small links close together, but the BlackBerry Classic overcomes these deficiencies.

Watts: It’s safe to say that the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic keep all of your endeavors running smoothly?

Wedekind: Yes! The trackpad on the BlackBerry Classic really makes a world of difference when typing long emails. With the trackpad I can navigate the cursor to an exact location in a large body of text. My emails are definitely better because of it, which means I’m able to communicate more effectively and efficiently.

Also, having two devices has been helpful in many situations. Sometimes I’ll be out of my home office when I get an urgent call from a client. I’ll talk to the client with my BlackBerry Classic while viewing the website in question on my BlackBerry Passport.

It’s like my office is always with me. In one extreme case, I used the browser on the BlackBerry Classic to log into a Google Cloud VM (virtual machine) to restart a web server that had failed while I was away from my laptop.

And the calendar is a necessity to keep my productivity in check so I can maintain a work-life balance. It integrates with BBM Meetings, my Gmail Calendars, and the BBM Travel app to help keep me apprised of what I’m doing. With juggling so many job titles, it can be easy to forget what one is doing the following week.

Watts: Any other features on the devices that you like?

Wedekind: Yes, the “Hub” is a defining communication feature that makes managing numerous email accounts a great experience. The OS is very stable.

And I like using all the apps that I need on the BlackBerry Passport like the Maps app, Google Maps, Password Keeper, Twitter, BBM Meetings, BlackBerry Travel, Buffer app, PlayCloud, BlackBerry Express, Square Register, Podio, Starbucks app, and vSSH.

Also, I was testing out the panoramic feature on the BlackBerry Passport – it even does the ocean water right!

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Watts: I can imagine that you handle a lot of confidential information, how do BlackBerry security features assist with that?

Wedekind: Mobile security and privacy is very important to me. Every day, I spend time reading about new software vulnerabilities and applying security patches to my websites and servers.

I store all my client passwords in BlackBerry Password Keeper and I feel safe about that because if my BlackBerry is ever stolen or missing, I can send a remote wipe message using BlackBerry Protect.

I recently signed up for the BES12 Cloud trial and the concept of BBM Protected is very intriguing. I hope that people realize that BlackBerry’s end-to-end encryption isn’t just something that enterprises need, but all individuals should use it to safeguard themselves.

Watts: What do you do with the BlackBerry Classic that you weren’t able to do on other devices?

Wedekind: My favorite thing to do is BBM video chat with my kids when I’m away.

But aside from that, managing several email accounts has been seamless. Before I was on BlackBerry 10, I was a die-hard Android guy. But it was a challenge managing all of my entrepreneurial needs with Android. I think this has been the main reason I had to restart my Android every day, the device was overwhelmed.

My BlackBerry doesn’t have any issues managing my numerous accounts or anything else. I’ve never had to recharge the phone during the day, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen the battery icon turn “red.” I used to have a BlackBerry car charger, but gave it to my wife since I never use it. She definitely needs it because she still has an Android phone.

Watts: How do your peers feel about you carrying the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic?

Wedekind: That’s an interesting question. My BlackBerry Passport definitely gets more attention – it’s been called “Gucci” before. Those who have noticed my BlackBerry Classic mainly comment on the weight and feel of it.

Check out Josh Wedekind’s BlackBerry-Related YouTube Videos

Josh Wedekind obviously enjoys his BlackBerrys – both of them.

Check out these videos he has up on YouTube, and stay tuned to INSIDE BlackBerry for more user Q-and-A’s!


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The First BlackBerry Leap Reviews are in: “The All-Touch BlackBerry You’ve Been Waiting For” (UPDATED)

It’s finally here – the all-touch BlackBerry Leap has landed in the UK, offering rising professionals and savvy businesses everywhere an affordable way to give their productivity a jumpstart.

The BlackBerry Leap, formally announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, brings with it all that OS 10.3.1 has to offer in a sleek, modern design with a generous 5-inch HD touchscreen that people are taking notice of.

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(Be sure to check out the initial reactions to the BlackBerry Leap announcement, the introductory video, a look at the device’s design, quick-start tips from BlackBerry staff, info on apps for the BlackBerry Leap, our official unboxing video, and more.)

From the 25-hour battery to BlackBerry Blend and the BlackBerry Hub, it’s all there and ripe for the taking starting today in the UK from ShopBlackBerry.com and Vodafone, with other countries soon to follow.

“A Secure, Business-Focused Productivity Platform”

“With its 5-inch, 720p touchscreen and bog-standard rectangular shape, the BlackBerry Leap . . . is aimed at “young career builders” . . . in need of what the BlackBerry pedigree implies: a secure, business-focused productivity platform,” writes CNet’s Nate Ralph and Andrew Hoyle in a hands-on look at the device. (We’ll feature the full review as soon as it’s up.)

“The device runs BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, which tweaks the look and feel while also baking in a few new tricks, including improvements to multitasking and how background apps are managed,” they write. “[The BlackBerry Leap’s virtual keyboard] supports multiple languages and will step in to correct your egregious typos, and generally behaves much like a virtual keyboard on a modern smartphone should. More importantly, the lack of a physical keyboard means you’ll have the full 5-inch display to play with. Its screen is also very bright, though the 1,280-by-720-pixel resolution is a touch low for a modern smartphone at this size . . . [S]ome would argue it’s professional-looking. A 2,800mAh battery and a few power consumption tricks built into BlackBerry OS should net up to 25 hours of battery life. And the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8960 processor feels nice and zippy while bouncing around menus and the like . . . [The BlackBerry Leap] is a leap of faith that’s aimed at roping in young go-getters to establish a new generation of BlackBerry faithful.”

“BlackBerry Leap is Arriving at a Perfect Time”

“If you look at everything on the whole, the BlackBerry Leap is arriving at a perfect time,” writes Crackberry’s Christopher Parsons, who goes by the moniker “Bla1ze” on the website, in a very in-depth review. “[The] potential is certainly there . . . Right out front you have a bright 5-inch, 1280×720 LCD display that, even when set to mid-levels for battery saving reasons, still manages to look great and have some nice color pops to it . . . On a comparison level, I think anyone who is thinking of moving into a Leap from say a BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Z3 or even a BlackBerry Z30 would be happy with the Leap display . . . The virtual keyboard on BlackBerry 10 is still one of the best on mobile and the BlackBerry Leap sticks to that best-in-class keyboard experience. As with all BlackBerry 10 phones, the keyboard learns how you write and because of that, it offers some of the best error correction available on mobile devices plus, multi-language support is built right in allowing for you to type multiple languages simultaneously . . . BlackBerry loaded up the device with a 2800 mAh non-removable battery [and] I don’t think anyone is going to have any issues with battery life on the Leap . . . [H]aving a phone that performs well and sounds good remains a high priority, [and] it’s no surprise the Leap is great for calls . . . At the end of the day, BlackBerry needed to make this device happen, [and it’s a] solid and very capable device that comes at a reasonable price.”

BlackBerry Leap, Photographer: Donny Halliwell

“The Next-Generation All-Touch BlackBerry”

“BlackBerry Leap [sports] a beautiful 5” screen covered by Gorilla Glass 3, [and even] takes a few design queues from the Porsche design house,” writes BerryReview’s Ronen Halevy. “I personally am loving the rubberized yet not-too-grippy back that molds perfectly into your hand. The most impressive part is that it is all available for only $275 . . . This is the type of phone you feel can handle some rough and tumble. . . [The BlackBerry Leap packs] enough power for 25 hours of heavy use [thanks to] a 2800mAh battery that will carry you through the whole day . . . Overall, BlackBerry has a very solid phone on their hands that really does justice to its pedigree . . . It brings the latest OS 10.3.1 features including the built in dual app store from Amazon and BlackBerry along with Blend and BlackBerry Assistant. [T]his is the all-touch BlackBerry you have been waiting for.”

Collage_Leap“The BlackBerry Leap Helps You Start Up”

“[T]his phone is designed to be used, with reflective surfaces and industrial design, writes BerryFlow’s review team of James Nieves and Jubei Raziel. “[The BlackBerry Leap is] designed for users who prefer all-touch, and BlackBerry delivers with a comfortable mid-tier handheld . . . The 5” LCD panel is vibrant and offers ample viewing angles and, with brightness at full, can be used out on a patio without having to squint to enjoy the screen. The display is fairly power efficient as well, which aids the overall balance of what BlackBerry sought to achieve with the device . . . BlackBerry cameras have really come a long way [and] you can glean some amazing shots on the phone . . . As expected with a BlackBerry smartphone, call quality and reception is great . . . With 2GBs of RAM, the device is rather snappy [and] the software optimizations between the SOC and the 10.3.1 software keeps consistent the fluidity and multitasking offered by BlackBerry 10 . . . Affordable, slim and durable, directed at a specific, enterprising end user, the BlackBerry Leap has a great touch-keyboard, awesome battery life and security. It runs well [and] as a platform, the Leap works exactly as intended.”

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“BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 Shines on the Leap”

“[T]he Leap [fits] a specific crowd that is looking for a phone that feels high-end but comes in a mid-tier price, and that’s the market BlackBerry is putting its sights on with this device,” writes N4BB’s JT Teran.

“Battery life is going to be a big selling point for the Leap . . . The device’s 2800mAh battery should give most users 25 hours of mixed use . . . The Leap’s screen is a big win . . . It’s bright, and vivid. Colors look really good on it, and at all viewing angles, the picture we get is pretty sharp . . . The Leap has, hands down, the best 720p display BlackBerry has ever used in their phones . . . The BlackBerry Leap comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 . . . Apps – native and Android – run incredibly well on the Leap. Gestures and touch presses are responsive, and snappy throughout the OS. Of course, the Leap also features all the goodness fans have become accustomed to with BlackBerry 10. The BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Assistant, and BBM perform as well, if not better, than they do on the Z10, and Z30. This is one of the advantages of having BlackBerry make the hardware, and the software its phones run . . . [The BlackBerry Leap] is an affordable device for consumers that want a productive OS on a device that will keep them going throughout the day without needing to charge. On the enterprise side, the Leap offers a low-cost option for those companies that want a solid experience for their employees.”

“This Device is for Productivity, Entertainment and Communication”

BlackBerry Leap in Hand“Think of the Leap as a step forward for the consumer and a step up for the Enterprise customer,” writes BlackBerryOS’s Brian Behler. “As a consumer, I would definitely purchase this phone. You get a great deal of power and style for the price. It is slim and attractive. It is quick and provides 4G LTE speed. The battery life is outstanding for its class and you will enjoy the power and sustainability the Leap’s battery provides. Trust me on this. As for the Enterprise customer, this is a no-brainer purchase. You want the security, quality and reliability that BlackBerry is known for. You rely on their expertise and ability to deliver what they promise day after day. The Leap is the new face of Enterprise productivity because it is affordable. Add to all of that the feature of BlackBerry Balance, which allows you to split your BlackBerry smartphone into work and personal devices. It will be a hit for Enterprise and people who need productivity on a budget . . . The Leap grows on you [and] it will make you smile with [its] great features for the price.”

 

Other Reactions to the Launch

In addition to the formal reviews, there were a number of other articles about the April 15th launch.

BlackBerry Leap hummingbird pic“[While the BlackBerry Leap] is priced much cheaper than [flagship smartphones] at only $275 off contract, it promises to deliver enterprise-grade security to consumers, such as support for encryption, built-in malware protection and backup, wipe and restore,” writes Mellisa Tolentino of Silicon Angle. “Another feature of the BlackBerry Leap worth noting is the BlackBerry Hub, a place where you can manage all your messages from text, email, social media and BBM so you can easily stay on top of everything. And [it] also has a voice and text personal assistant so you can easily perform tasks while doing other things, such as driving or attending a meeting . . . [F]or a $275 smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap is not too shabby.”

“[A]lthough it comes as more affordable than the Classic and Passport, [the BlackBerry Leap] doesn’t compromise on security,” writes Invest Correctly’s Neha Gupta. “BlackBerry’s Leap is designed in such a manner that it supports productivity while still remaining an exciting phone that young executives would love to carry around.”

“Blackberry Leap: Ideal Smartphone for Young Professionals,” reads Tech News Today’s headline, in an article by Allson Peters.

“Blackberry Leap is targeted towards young aspiring power professionals [who] might choose Blackberry . . . because of the security the company provides in the interactions between its smartphone owners,” Peters writes. “In order to help these younger professionals in their productive use of the Blackberry Leap, the phone has a 2800 mAH battery which will provide uninterrupted utility of up to 25 hours. Users will have access to business and productivity apps through the Blackberry World app store or the Amazon app store . . . Blackberry has always been targeted towards professionals and with the Blackberry leap it has maintained that image.”

 

More to Come

In addition to the United Kingdom as of today, BlackBerry Leap will continue its rollout over the next few weeks across countries including Germany, France, United States, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India. Availability in other markets will be announced locally at a later date.

(Read the official press release HERE.)

As more reviews come here, you can rest assured that we’ll be featuring the best ones here on INSIDE BlackBer


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As BlackBerry Leap Becomes Available, Here’s Our Official Unboxing Video

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BlackBerry Leap is available starting today in the UK (and other countries soon to follow). In what is becoming somewhat of a tradition, I sat down with the device to unbox it and walk through some of the main features. As you’ll see, the BlackBerry Leap has a fantastic, modern design. Watch below.

The BlackBerry Leap features a brilliant 5-inch HD display and runs BlackBerry 10.3.1, the latest version of BlackBerry 10 OS. It has built-in security to keep private matters private, a best-in-class typing experience, (as you’d expect from a messaging and productivity powerhouse) and a 25-hour battery designed to power you through a full day.

With the BlackBerry Hub on that large touchscreen, you’ll be able to keep your finger on the pulse of your many inboxes – social, work and personal emails, calendar, calls, texts. . . BBMs. The 16×9 display renders apps very well, and there is a huge selection between BlackBerry World and Android apps on the Amazon Appstore. Speaking of apps, I’d also highly recommend checking out BlackBerry Blend, which allows you to securely access your BlackBerry Hub items, files and more from your computer or laptop.

For those of you getting your hands on BlackBerry Leap for the first time today, be sure to read these insider tips from BlackBerry employees. Share your first impressions below in the comments!


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This IT Consultant Dumped his iPhone 6 Plus for a BlackBerry Passport AND Classic

When you think of “professionals,” what comes to mind is probably those skilled in specific occupations – doctors, lawyers, and technicians.

For Marc Lawinger, one of the marks of a true professional is whether or not they carry a BlackBerry device.lawinger

Based out of Germany, Lawinger is a Senior IT consultant for GK Software, and his responsibilities see him in constant communication with clients, necessitating a device that enables him to stay on top of his business.

He ditched his iPhone 6 Plus for the have-it-all combo of the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic – they give him that unique “professional” feeling.

Sound familiar?

These two tech journalists also left their iPhones for BlackBerry devices, and other roundups HERE, HERE, and HERE illustrate the true professional’s preference for BlackBerry devices over consumer-grade iPhones.

Watts: As a professional, you have higher order needs. Did this factor into dumping the iPhone 6 Plus for the BlackBerry Passport / BlackBerry Classic combo?

Lawinger: Honestly, the iPhone is a toy. I need a device that has functioning reminders, calendar, mail, and professional apps to stay on top of my work.

I’m always on the go in my role with GK Software. My company provides solutions that integrate stores of large retailers to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems like SAP, and my job is to analyze customers’ needs and provide them with the right solution.

I needed a phone that lets me efficiently communicate with our customers and get them the right services – especially while I’m traveling.

I bought the BlackBerry Passport because it seemed like it would meet my needs, and was motivated to get the BlackBerry Classic after watching one of Don Halliwell’s short clips on YouTube.

Watts: What is the advantage of having the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic?

Lawinger: The main advantage is that both devices are better tools than the iPhone I previously carried.

But I got the BlackBerry Classic to store my other SIM card and keep a backup handy. If the BlackBerry Passport had dual SIM capability I would probably just have one device.

Watts: How does the BlackBerry Classic reflect a professional outlook?

Lawinger: BlackBerry has a standard of being a manufacturer of professional devices. The Classic’s features and form factor live up to the hype.

But beyond the status symbol that comes along with BlackBerry, the Classic is designed to be a professional tool that works. Since getting it I’ve become much faster at getting my business tasks done than I have been with any other device, especially on the go.

Watts: How are both devices useful to your job?

Lawinger: The BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic are perfect solutions for when I’m traveling and need to be able to respond to a client fast and professionally. No errors or typos in my messages – I need to be clear and concise in my communication efforts.

I deal with a ton of confidential information, and the security that comes with BlackBerry is the way to go. A lot of my colleagues use Android devices with an operating system older than three years which I don’t think is very smart.

Watts: Has anything changed about the way you work since employing the devices?

Lawinger: The way I respond to messages and email has changed completely. Most of my emails are answered on the Classic now because it’s fast, secure, and has battery life my colleagues can only dream of. My productivity has increased ten-fold.

Between both devices, I rarely have to open my laptop.

Watts: What features do you enjoy most about the BlackBerry Classic and the BlackBerry Passport?

Lawinger: The physical keyboards are just perfect. I’ve never been able to type this fast and easy, and I love being able to communicate more quickly.

I like using Blend when I work from home. I don’t have to fire up my company’s laptop every time I need to work, and I’m able to use my personal computer with no VPN – this is hands-down one of the best features.

I use a variety of apps on my BlackBerry Classic – LinkedIn, WebEx, Xing, Bloomberg, Google Maps, WhatsApp, and last but not least, BBM.  And the battery life on either phone is A+! I can easily get through two full days of work – a true mark of a power professional.

Watts: Do your peers agree with you?

Lawringer: Slowly but surely, my colleagues have realized that I have the better work tool now, and they’re interested in BlackBerry.

Pricing and Availability

You can get your factory-unlocked BlackBerry Passport from ShopBlackBerry.com at these links:

Black (currently $599, regularly $699)

White (currently $599, regularly $699)

Limited Edition Red: (currently $599, regularly $699

…and at Amazon HERE, with AT&T offering it for $649.99 unsubsidized or $199.99 with a 2-year contractRogers and Telus are also carrying the BlackBerry Passport in Canada.

For those outside of North America, you can get your BlackBerry Passport directly from us at our global shopping portal HERE.

In the United States, AT&T has made available the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic via att.com and in AT&T retail stores with Verizon is also offering the BlackBerry Classic.

North American customers can also purchase the BlackBerry Classic online through Amazon.com, and U.S. and Canadian customers go directly to ShopBlackBerry.

In Canada, Rogers and TELUS are carrying both phones.

Check here for availability in your region.

NOTE: Pricing varies by region.


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Have You Missed this Key BlackBerry Leap Feature? [Video]

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I find some of the most interesting BlackBerry Leap benefits to be intangible. For instance, the Leap’s security features that are designed to protect my information, corporate data, and privacy. I’m not a mobile security expert, and I won’t pretend to be, but with the Leap (as with all BlackBerry devices), I don’t have to be.

Yes, this is an article about an affordable, 5-inch HD device, but it’s also about the infrastructure behind it. I’ve covered in previous posts the features you can see. Like the BlackBerry Hub, BlackBerry Blend, or the hundreds of thousands of apps available between the Amazon Appstore and BlackBerry World storefronts. All of these are focused on keeping you, our power-using public, productive and informed. The one seemingly-untold story is the security to keep private matters private. The built-in BlackBerry security that is the industry gold standard keeps you productive as well, because you can remained focused on doing great work while your device and IT team keep it locked down.

I know that my device comes with built-in safeguards for me as a regular consumer along with advanced protection that my IT department can enable. This means that I can go about my daily activities without having to be overly concerned about looming data breaches or mobile security threats. That’s not to say I’m not conscious and prudent about how I handle my data, but there’s an intangible piece of mind that I get knowing that my mobile data has a number of barriers in place designed so that my information won’t go walking.

When I read about corporate data breaches, hacks, and scandals – about the millions of dollars this can cost in terms of regulatory fines, reputation and mindshare – I don’t envy my friendly IT manager. Without venturing down the path of hyperbole, it seems as though there are attacks and vulnerabilities at every turn. For malicious hackers, mobile data is the next gold rush.

BlackBerry is uniquely positioned, providing a portfolio of hardware and software solutions that keep you both safe and productive. The BlackBerry Leap is everything you’d expect from a BlackBerry, but designed for customers who, like many, prefer an all-touch form factor. The large display, productivity features, 25-hour battery life, apps, and built-in security provide a lot of value at a compelling price point.

You can pre-order your BlackBerry Leap at ShopBlackBerry:


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Experts Answer 38 of Your Burning Questions About BlackBerry Classic

Originally posted on Inside BlackBerry Help Blog:

Classic-AngleOn March 31st and April 1st the BlackBerry Support Community Forums hosted a BlackBerry Classic Insider Event. The event gave forum members the opportunity to get the scoop on the iconic BlackBerry Classic from BlackBerry insiders.

Providing their BlackBerry insider expertise were:

  • Michael Clewley, Director, Handheld Software Product Management
  • Michael Dawson, Senior Product Manager
  • David Willis, Senior Director, Handheld Product Management
  • Sonia Moniz-Bennett, Manager, Platform Product Marketing

There were lots of inquiries during the event, resulting in 38 questions (or suggestions!) and answers. We’ve picked out some interesting highlights.

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