Tech consumers can already pick up an unlocked, SIM-free copy of the BB Passport, which they can then activate on their network of choice. Stateside, the hybrid QWERTY keyboard/touchscreen-sporting gadget is $599, so more or less in line with expectations.
That’s less than most competing Android-running flagships, and also south of Apple’s iPhone 6 ask, although it’s hardly what you’d call affordable. Let’s call it fair, since you’re offered a productive little keypad, vibrant 1,440 x 1,440 pix res 4.5-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB RAM and 3,450 mAh battery.
Headed for an additional 30 countries across the globe by the time Santa comes to town, the Passport is also currently up for grabs for Canadian buyers at $699, our friends in the UK at £529, as well as Germans and Tour Eiffel locals for €649 a pop.
No words yet on an eventual T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint or Verizon release, while up north, Telus will be charging $200 with contracts through October 1, then raising the ask to $250.