UPDATED: AT&T Announces Pricing, BlackBerry Classic and BlackBerry Passport Coming Feb. 20 in the U.S.

BlackBerry Classic

UPDATED: FEBRUARY 22 with where to find in-store availability 

AT&T announced that the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic is available at att.com and in AT&T retail stores starting February 20th.

To check which AT&T stores have them in stock, or to order them online, go to http://www.att.com/cellphones/blackberry/passport.html  or for the Classic, head to http://www.att.com/cellphones/blackberry/classic.html.

Exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., the BlackBerry Passport is available in a unique design with rounded edges, has a large 4.5-inch Full HD square touch screen and a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, giving you ideal content viewing without compromising portability. The BlackBerry Passport will be available for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month with AT&T Next 24, $27.09 with AT&T Next 183 or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $649.99

Designed for speed and accuracy, the BlackBerry Classic includes BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys, making it easy to communicate quickly and accurately with one hand. You will be able to purchase the BlackBerry Classic for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14 per month with AT&T Next 24, $17.50 per month with Next 183 or $21 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $49.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $419.99

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Are you an AT&T Wireless customer?

It’s going to be a lot easier to get your hands on the BlackBerry Passport or Classic then, as AT&T is announcing the fruits of its partnership with BlackBerry. Mobile professionals will be able to get one of these devices for as little as $49.99 on contract – or even less.

BlackBerry has had a long-standing relationship with AT&T – the carrier was the first to launch a BlackBerry device in the U.S. with the BlackBerry 950 in 1999.

Now, with the BlackBerry Passport and Classic, it’s offering the best in cutting-edge mobile productivity that only BlackBerry can offer, coupled with the most reliable 4G LTE network in the U.S. covering more than 300 million Americans.

Here are the details:

New BlackBerry Passport Design Exclusive to AT&T

Coming with rounded edges, the BlackBerry Passport for AT&T users will come packed with the incredible power and that reviewers have hailed since its debut.

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(Check out review roundups HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. For a list of all our blogs on the BlackBerry Passport, go HERE.)

Built for power, speed and durability, the BlackBerry Passport comes equipped with a , 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm processor, a 13 Megapixel Camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and 32 GB of Storage (expandable by an additional 128 GB via a micro SD Card).

In addition to the standard core features of BlackBerry OS 10.3, it also sports a 3450 mAh battery,  giving users incredible battery life:28:14 on 4G and 31:02 on 3G, according to third-party testing sponsored by BlackBerry. Features like BlackBerry Assistant and Blend will help you take your productivity game to the next level.

The BlackBerry Passport will be available in the near future for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month with AT&T Next 24, $27.03 with AT&T Next 18 or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $649.99.

BlackBerry Classic

The newly-released BlackBerry Classic will join its larger sibling on the carrier, offering customers a no-nonsense smartphone that includes BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys, making it easy to communicate quickly and accurately with one hand.

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Although familiar in appearance, the BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry Bold 9900 experience with a three times faster browser, 60% larger touchscreen and comes with BlackBerry’s secure 10.3.1 operating system, offering customers access to commanding features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant. Equipped with a 2MP front- and 8MP rear-facing camera with enhanced optics and upgraded imaging sensors this smartphone is ideal for on and off the clock. The 2,515 mAh battery will keep you going well over 20 hours of mixed use, according to testing.

(Check out our review roundups HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. For a feed of all of our pieces on the Classic, go HERE.)

You can purchase the BlackBerry Classic for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14.00 per month with AT&T Next 24, $17.50 per month with Next 18 or $21.00 per month with AT&T Next 12. You can also get the smartphone for $49.99 with a two-year agreement or at no annual commitment for $419.99.

Two Great Choices – Which One Will You Choose?

With two excellent choices for mobile productivity, AT&T customers have great options in the BlackBerry Passport and Classic.

It all comes down to personal preference – are you the adventurous type up for something different? Then you’ll love the BlackBerry Passport’s touch-enabled keyboard and huge, crisp screen.

If a familiar experience is more to your liking, then you may just be ready to rock the Classic’s tried-and-true navigation keys and trackpad purposely built for productivity-driven communicators.

Either way, there’s no wrong choice, and you’ll be making a statement that you mean business.

For the BlackBerry Passport, go to www.att.com/blackberrypassport or for the Classic, head to www.att.com/blackberryclassic.

Let us know your preference in the comments below.

About Eric Lai

I have written about technology and mobility for Computerworld, ZDNet, Forbes and others. I oversee the blogs and social content at BlackBerry Ltd. and continue to track and opine about the latest news and trends in enterprise mobility. Follow me on Twitter (@ericylai)

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