Australia Officially Joins the List

Chaplain_Clancy after hearing the news today
Chaplain_Clancy after hearing the news today

That’s right folks.  For those readers in the Sunburnt Country who have been eagerly awaiting news of the Passport, then wait no longer.  Optus Support Community has announced that they will be stocking the BlackBerry Passport in stores on October 15th (Wednesday).

Optus Announces to its Community that the Passport is Coming Next Week.
Optus Announces to its Community that the Passport is Coming Next Week.

In a solitary thread on the My Optus Community Site, many BlackBerry enthusiasts, including yours truly have been urging Optus to give the public an indication of their intentions towards our beloved Passport.  After evasions, denials, diversions, the moderator whom I will now call Australia’s BlackBerry Mascot at 11.27 AEDT this morning announced that Optus would stock the Passport in Store on Wednesday the 15th of October.  This is a massive victory for those who have been campaigning for the Passport’s inclusion on the Australian mobile landscape since it was first announced.  No word on pricing yet as I think they will be more interested to see who will re-contract for the device first.  I can assure you that I will be one of the first through the door.  Rumours for outright pricing are around the $780 mark.

Foreign Minister said to be in need of a Passport.
Foreign Minister said to be in need of a Passport.

So Australian BlackBerry fans and those disappointed with the latest offerings from iOSGate and AndroidGate, head on over to your local Optus store next Wednesday and join the revolution.

In a side note, this is also yet another scandalous indication of the controversy which is surrounding BlackBerry at the moment.  To see how the fans have been so involved in bringing this device which has so unfortunately been the target of so much awesomeness, is an appalling indictment on the lack of scruples BlackBerry has in bringing out a device which is awesome.  Going against the grain of the mobile industry’s standards.  You can read all about it here.



Chap has been a BlackBerry user since 2009 when he picked up his trusty new Torch 9800. Since then he has been about all things BlackBerry keeping tabs on the Australian market. As a hobby he also supports an Australian Aged Care organisation as their in-house spiritual practitioner.

  • Blackjack

    Wow, really?? Someone should tell Chaplain Clancy the news!! He will be thrilled!

    • Chaplain_Clancy

      What??? Seriously??? When did this happen. Why didn’t someone tell me. I can’t believe the author of this blog post kept it from me to beat me to a post.

  • Reverend Grim

    Well well, the question is will my brother of the cloth be getting one?

    • Chaplain_Clancy

      I shall be in that store at 8:30:01am my man.

      • Robert

        Great to here Chap and good work. BTW, does this mean your wife said you could get one?

  • Canuckvoip

    Chap, you are my hero! I’m a firm believer in “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”. Congrats on your persistence.

    • Chaplain_Clancy

      There were a few of us which made the difference. It was the most ‘kudoed’ thread on the website. Up until yesterday, Optus still declared ‘nope, we aint gettin’ it.’

  • Wayno

    Sweet, now I’ve just got to keep annoying Vodafone to get it, if not my consider changing to Optus.

    • Chaplain_Clancy

      Not sure about Vodafone Wayno. They only ever stocked the Z10. I think that Telstra will get it first. Optus may be the best bet. Carriers here don’t reward loyalty.

      • Wayno

        Hi Chaplan, I saw on your Optus post you are out Mittagong way? I’m not far from you, near Camden. Will keep you posted if I see any around my way. Will check stores in Campbelltown next week or so

        • Chaplain_Clancy

          That’s kinda scary Wayno. A quick Internet search and you would be able to track me down.

          I’m really hoping that Mittagong has it. I’m looking forward to walking in and asking; ‘I’m after one of those BlackBerry Passport’s you’re not getting in.’

          • Wayno

            Lol, don’t worry, not stalking you, like I said, just read your optus posts. I hope they have it there for you, infact, every optus store, wait….how about ALL phone stores/carriers?……….WORLDWIDE!!!

  • Trev

    Great news, Chap!

    • Chaplain_Clancy

      Cheers Trev. We’ll be getting the word out there. I think Optus may owe me a bit of kudos for some subscribers they will be getting next Wednesday.


    You see?
    YOU SEE??!
    There is a good reason to remain inside the British Commonwealth of Nations!!!!
    (I’m sure that there is a tie-in somewhere. Just give me a minute.)