Worlds Worst BlackBerry Passport Sales Prediction Unveiled

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Prior to the launch event on Wednesday there was plenty of speculation as to how the BlackBerry Passport would be greeted by customers, particularly in the US, some positive, many negative stuck in the unique US/UK mindset of ‘BlackBerry are dead’, an idea not really shared in the rest of the world, strangely.

BlackBerry’s decision (or one forced on them by US carriers intransigence, who knows) to make the phone available on Amazon & Shop BlackBerry unlocked at first prior to US carriers rolling it out meant that we on the outside got a pretty good idea of demand.

And, I think it pleasantly shocked everyone as the phone sold out in 10 hours flat.

No one would have been more surprised by this than Andre Yoskowitz of Afterdawn who proceeded, with hindsight, to make make a prediction that was just a tad off the mark…

Strange new BlackBerry Passport to cost $599 unlocked at launch in the U.S.

BlackBerry’s strange new square-shaped Passport smartphone will go on sale on Wednesday at $599 unlocked, once again guaranteeing that they will sell no units.
The device has a full physical keyboard and a 4.5-inch square touchscreen at 1440×1440 resolution. Under the hood is a quad-core Snapdragon MSM8974 processor and 3GB RAM with Adreno 330 OpenGL. A 3450mAh battery will allegedly provide better battery life than high-end iPhones and Android devices.

Little else is known about the device, or at least confirmed, but we should know more on Wednesday.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen seems happy about the phone and pricing, claiming that they could sell it for $700 to be in line with other devices of its caliber, “but I figure that to try to get the market interested, we’re going to start a little lower than that.”

Besides the keyboard, Chen says the strange screen will benefit users who need to read more or be more productive on their phones. “You really are seeing a more entire picture than seeing a sliver of a screen,” he added.

The device may have some enterprise or international fans, but nobody in the U.S. is going to pay $599 for the Passport when the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 cost $650 unlocked. Sorry.

Oh dear Andre.

200,000 units later…

Maybe it’s time for a new phone to keep abreast of things.

Can I suggest a Passport?

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  • Tommy C

    Bwahahahahaha!!! His asshattery has made my day! Thanks, Biggs!

  • Chaplain_Clancy

    In all fairness, that’s 200,000 nobodies.

  • Badi Yee

    That’s weird. The other side of the world here hopes to see 3 million Passport sales in 3 months. Genuine demand.

    Even Singapore has sold out, (the entire nation, mind you)

  • Poita316

    Ah yes, the $650 16GB iPhone 6 (every doubbling of memory +$100), Samsung S5 or the $599 32GB Passport and add memory you can, wait for it Aple, remove! Making A Passport cost you $750, an iPhone 850.
    I know what Im getting as do 200.00 and counting people.
    Plus, your Siri gets b!tchslapped by Brenda (had to make up a name with a B our Beautiful, Brainy, BlackBerry Assitant, She helps me at work and private because she can get that hard to reach info Siri just… cant find.

  • bambinoitaliano

    I urge anyone with Passport to rate and leave a comment on Amazon.com, BestBuy and those in Canada FutureShop and any major retailers that sell the Passport in your countries. This is the only way to let those people who are curious and want to learn more about the device.

    • Brad

      You are so right! If you have a Passport and haven’t submitted a review yet, well get on it! Show consumers what you think of the phone.

  • shanerredflag

    LOL…I read that too, does he need any Grey Poupon with that crow he’s eating? =))

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