BlackBerry’s unconventional new smartphone -- the keyboard-equipped, square-screened Passport -- has just launched on the Optus network in Australia. The device is available on a range of 24-month plans and can also be purchased outright. Here's a look at the pricing and specifications.
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This week's BlackBerry Jam Asia developer event in Hong Kong represents BlackBerry's first major public event since it announced its plan to go private and focus largely on enterprise apps. Asian developers have been more receptive to BlackBerry than many Western countries, but the focus appears to be heavily on gaming, social networking and broad consumer apps. Does that path have any real future now?
We won't see the first BlackBerry 10 handsets, the touch-only Z10 and the keyboard-enabled Q10, in Australia until some time in March. However, BlackBerry has already begun planning for future devices and enhancements to the BB10 platform. Here's a glimpse at what it has in store, including the next models, when WhatsApp will arrive and whether Android support on the platform matters.
BlackBerry 10 is widely viewed as the last best hope for Research In Motion, so news that its planned release has been delayed until 2013 is not welcome. According to RIM, coding the update is taking more time than expected.
With so much emphasis on the new virtual keyboard in the BlackBerry 10 operating system, it wasn't clear whether Research In Motion (RIM) was giving up altogether on its highly-regarded physical keyboards. The company's CEO has told reporters that there will indeed be devices running on BlackBerry 10 that use physical keyboards, but there are still unanswered questions.