BlackBerry Classic Smartphone Comes to T-Mobile on May 13
T-Mobile is the third major U.S. mobile carrier to offer the BlackBerry Classic, which came out in December 2014, to its customers.The BlackBerry Classic smartphone, which features enterprise-grade security and key business productivity tools, will be available to T-Mobile customers starting on May 13. The Classic, which debuted in December 2014 from BlackBerry, is already available from AT&T and Verizon Wireless but until now was not offered to T-Mobile's 56.8 million customers. The BlackBerry Classic includes the company's well-known QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys, as well as a 3.5-inch square touch-screen HD display that is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for strength. The Classic also includes a 2MP front- and an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB using a micro SD card. The Classic also includes a 2,500 mAh battery that provides users with up to 22 hours of mixed use, as well as power optimization that can extend battery life when power is running low and users need to stay online. The Classic is a 4G LTE phone that runs on BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 and is XLTE-Ready. "People who love BlackBerry smartphones and want to use one on America's fastest nationwide 4G LTE network now have that choice," John Legere, the president and CEO of T-Mobile, said in a May 7 statement. "Bringing BlackBerry into our device line-up now also stokes Un-carrier 9.0, which is all about bringing the Un-carrier revolution to business."
The BlackBerry Classic will first be available starting May 13 at T-Mobile's Website, and then will be available through T-Mobile stores beginning on May 15, according to the companies. The Classic will be available for $0 down and $18.33 per month for 24 months for a total of $439.92.