BlackBerry Launches the BlackBerry® Passport in the Philippines at an SRP P35,790.

The BlackBerry® Passport  is now in the Philippines.  I was excited to see what the BB Passport had in store. Featuring a large square touch screen and new QWERTY touch-enabled keyboard, the BlackBerry Passport looks large on my small hands. In fact, it  is as large as my Philippine passport.

blackberry passport 1

Before I attended this launch, I was surprised that Blackberry is still around. I thought they were long gone because of the competition.  But it seems there are a lot of Blackberry fans. Even UK prime minister David Cameron confesses reliance on BlackBerry smartphone for remotely running the government while on holiday. He said ” I can manage the country on my BlackBerry”.

BlackBerry Passport b

When I shared the launch on twitter, I got excited tweets  from one or two followers. They are Blackberry fans. Surely there is still a market for productivity-driven business professionals . These users want a smartphone that empowers them with the mobile tools they need to get things done, without sacrificing style or portability. The BlackBerry Passport is priced similarly to the high-end phones , through authorized resellers at SRP P35,790.

So what is unique with the Blackberry Passport?

blackberry passport

One can see the very large square screen . The BlackBerry Passport also includes the industry’s first touch-enabled keyboard with gestures that make typing, editing and navigating more efficient and accurate. BlackBerry’s physical QWERTY keyboards have always been known easy to use. According to a BlackBerry user study, BlackBerry Passport’s new QWERTY keyboard is almost four times more accurate than BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboards – the error rate is on average 74% lower – so there are fewer typos to get in the way of what you’re trying to say.

The BlackBerry Passport is the first device to launch on BlackBerry’s latest OS platform, BlackBerry 10.3. The device comes preloaded with new productivity-enhancing features including BlackBerry Blend and BlackBerry Assistant, as well as the BlackBerry® World™ storefront and Amazon Appstore, offering access to the very best apps for work and play.

blackberry bleond

BlackBerry® Blend

BlackBerry® Blend brings messaging and content that is on the BlackBerry smartphone to your computer and tablet. One can get instant message notifications, read and respond to your work and personal email, BBM or text messages, and access your documents, calendar, contacts and media in real time on whatever device you are on, powered by your BlackBerry. The downloadable version of BlackBerry Blend for Macs and PCs is available today at www.BlackBerry.com/Blend, on the Apple® App StoreSM for iPad tablets, or via the Google Play™ Store for Android tablets.

blackberry passport camera

Here are the other Highlight features of the BlackBerry Passport :

 

  • Large High-Resolution Square Screen – The BlackBerry Passport includes a 4.5” square screen with a 1:1 aspect ratio, 1440×1440 pixel (453 dpi) HD display and Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 for added strength.
  • Innovative BlackBerry® Keyboard – The BlackBerry Passport’s revolutionary new keyboard brings innovation to input with a responsive touch surface like a trackpad that lets you perform many touch functions directly on the keyboard. You can scroll web pages, flick to type or slide along the keys to move the cursor, leaving the full screen space for viewing.
  • BlackBerry® 10 OS 10.3 – The BlackBerry Passport comes preloaded with the new BlackBerry 10.3 operating system, including new features such as BlackBerry Assistant, BlackBerry Blend and Amazon Appstore. It has a fresh look that incorporates updated icons and an instant action bar so that each user’s most commonly accessed functions are in the center of their screen.
  • Best-in-Class Battery Life – At 3450 mAh, the BlackBerry Passport battery accounts for up to 30 hours of mixed use.*
  • Dual App Storefronts for a Wealth of Professional and Popular Apps
    • BlackBerry World – BlackBerry World showcases essential productivity apps for business professionals looking to drive efficient communications and collaboration.
    • Amazon Appstore – Preloaded on BlackBerry Passport, users can access popular consumer apps through the Amazon Appstore, including the latest Android games and apps, such as Minecraft – Pocket Edition, Candy Crush Saga, Pinterest, Temple Run 2 and Cut the Rope 2.
  • BlackBerry Assistant The BlackBerry Assistant is BlackBerry’s first digital assistant and can be used with voice and text commands to help users manage work and personal email, contacts, calendar and other native BlackBerry 10 applications. BlackBerry Assistant intelligently determines how to respond to you based on how you interact with it – if you type, it responds silently; if you speak, it speaks back; and if you activate over Bluetooth, it speaks back with additional context because it assumes you might not have access to the screen.
  • Premium Components – The device is built for the most demanding user using durable materials mixed with top-of-the-line technology, including a Quad Core 2.2 GHZ Processor, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP OIS rear camera and 32 GB memory.
  • BlackBerry® Natural Sound – BlackBerry Passport comes with powerful speakers and a quad microphone system that delivers a high-quality listening experience. BlackBerry® Natural Sound Technology is built in to adapt Wi-Fi and cellular call sound depending upon phone position and background noise, automatically adjusting volume so you don’t have to.

For more information about BlackBerry Passport, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Passport. To learn more about BlackBerry Blend, please visit www.BlackBerry.com/Blend.

*Based on mixed usage scenario. Many factors affect battery life, including network connectivity, application usage, feature configuration, and battery age. Actual results may vary.

 

#BBM4All: BBM Available for Android on September 21 and iPhone on September 22

BBM

 

Good news to every Android and Iphone users. Instant mobile to mobile messaging with privacy and control will be available for free download for Android and iPhone customers.  Here is their press release to all iPhone and Android users:

BBM™  will begin rolling out for Android™ and iPhone® customers around the world from September 21. Previously exclusive to BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) smartphones, BBM will be available as a free download in Google Play™ and the App StoreSM. Customers will be able to download BBM by visiting www.BBM.com from their smartphone browser.

  • It’s immediate. BBM is always on so you are always connected. And because messages on BBM are typically delivered and read within seconds, it’s the closest thing to a live conversation.
  • You trust it. BBM always tells you that messages are delivered and read. BBM conversations come alive on a private network you can count on.
  • You control it. BBM allows you to choose your contacts and how you share your information. BBM uses a PIN so you don’t have to give anyone your phone number or email address.

BBM will be available as a free download for Android smartphones running Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean (Android 4.x) beginning at 7AM EDT on September 21. BBM for iPhones running iOS 6 and iOS 7 will become available for each market on the App Store schedule of 12:01 AM local time onSeptember 22.

BBM will continue to evolve quickly. Later this year, BBM Channels will provide a forum for active, real conversations between you and the people, brands, celebrities, artists, service providers, communities and more, that matter to you. By creating a Channel, individuals and brands can engage their friends and communities in conversations sparked by their thoughts, ideas and passions. Subscribing to a Channel will let you join conversations with people who share your interests. In addition, BBM Video calling and BBM Voice calling are planned for availability for Android and iPhone in a future

BBM4All

BBM for Android and iPhone features:

BBM Chat – 
Enjoy real, immediate conversations with friends on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones. Not only does BBM let you know that your message has been delivered and read, it also shows you that your friend is responding to the message.

More than chat – With BBM you can share files on your phone such as photos and voice notes, all in an instant.

Keep your group in the loop – Multi-person chats are a great way to invite contacts to chat together. BBM Groups lets you invite up to 30 friends to chat together, and go a step further than multi-chat by sharing photos and schedules. And, with Broadcast Message, you can send a message out to all your BBM contacts at once.

Post Updates and stay in the know – BBM lets you post a personal message, profile picture and your current status, and lets your contacts know instantly in Updates.

Your unique PIN – Every BBM user has a unique PIN that maintains your privacy, so you don’t have to give out your phone number or email address to a new or casual contact.

 

For more information, or to download BBM for Android or iPhone, visit www.BBM.com.

 

Swap and switch to the new blackberry

 

 Q5_Black_Front

 

Want to own a new blackberry? Well, join the The Swap, Switch, and Win campaign and it allows anyone to swap a working or non-working mobile phone, switch to a brand-new BlackBerry smartphone, and even take home discount coupons from Zalora and enter a draw for a chance to win the All-New Ford Focus 1.6L PS 4DR Sedan or one of three BlackBerry Z10 smartphones.

Joining the promotion is as simple as bringing a working or non-working mobile phone to any BlackBerry Mall Caravan or participating store.  The mobile phone to be traded in does not need to come with its box or original accessories, nor does it need to be under any warranty.  It will be evaluated for its fair market value then this will be deducted from the cost of the BlackBerry smartphone to be purchased.  More privileges can be enjoyed even when other BlackBerry smartphones are chosen.

  • Get the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone to feature a classic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard, at PHP 31,990 less the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone.
  • Own the first all-touch smartphone to be powered by BlackBerry 10, the sleek BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, at PHP 29,990 less PHP 2,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone.
  • Have the compact and sleek BlackBerry® CurveTM 9320 smartphone at PHP 8,990 less PHP 1,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone.
  • Enjoy the easy to use and affordable BlackBerry® CurveTM 9220 smartphone at PHP 6,990 less PHP 1,000 and the trade-in value of the swapped mobile phone

All BlackBerry smartphones sold at BlackBerry stores, BlackBerry Mall Caravans and other participating stores come with a 24-month warranty.

Swap, Switch, and Win with BlackBerryPH on Facebook

You can find a list of participating stores at the  Swap and Switch page  at www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH and  the estimate  of the trade-in value of your mobile phone, and learn more about the latest BlackBerry smartphones.

To learn more about the Swap, Switch, and Win campaign as well as the latest BlackBerry programs and offers, log on to www.facebook.com/BlackBerryPH or follow @BlackBerryPH on Twitter.

 

*BlackBerry partnered with Sunstrike (www.sunstrike.com) to assist in evaluating the fair market value of customers’ mobile phones for the Swap and Switch campaign.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

BlackBerry Curve smartphones now available in Teal Blue in the Philippines

Research In Motion (RIM) and Globe Telecom today announced the availability of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9220 and the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9320 smartphones in Teal Blue, giving Globe BlackBerry subscribers more color options when purchasing two of the popular BlackBerry® Curve smartphones.

Launched in May, the Curve 9220 and Curve 9320 models are the latest and most affordable BlackBerry® 7 smartphones in the market today. The devices have quickly gained popularity among customers who desire a sleek and stylish smartphone with industry-leading messaging and social-centric features for them to share life as it happens.

The two Teal Blue smartphones are now available from Globe under Globe My Super Plan, a portfolio of fully-customizable postpaid plans that allow customers to design their postpaid subscription based on their choice of consumable monthly amounts, freebies, add-ons and devices. The BlackBerry Curve 9220 is available for free at My Super Plan 499 plus a P99 unlimited BlackBerry Chat subscription, which comes with a P499 monthly consumable amount for calls and texts, unlimited access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) and 2 freebies for as low as P598 per month. The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is available for free at My Super Plan BlackBerry Unli Surf Combo Plan 999 with unlimited mobile surfing, P400 monthly consumable amount for calls and texts, and 1 freebie for only P999 per month.

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 and the 9320 smartphones feature a new, dedicated BBM™ key that brings the power of RIM’s popular mobile social network up in an instant, making it incredibly easy to share experiences on BBM. Facebook® and Twitter® apps are also pre-loaded, as well as Social Feeds 2.0, which allows users to post updates to multiple social applications simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS), social apps and instant messaging apps all in one consolidated view. With BlackBerry® 7.1 OS, the new BlackBerry Curve smartphones include a built-in FM radio, and listening to the FM radio does not require a data plan or use data services. With the long lasting battery in these smartphones, customers can get up to 7 hours of talk time or up to 28 hours1 of FM radio listening or music playback with headphones.

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 comes with additional features including Mobile Hotspot support, which allows customers to share their mobile data connection with up to 5 Wi-Fi®-enabled devices, including laptops and tablets. Its integrated camera includes a flash and supports video recording, and pictures can also be tagged with their location thanks to the smartphone’s built-in GPS.

Interested subscribers can now get the BlackBerry Curve 9220 or BlackBerry Curve 9320 in Teal Blue by visiting Globe stores nationwide, calling 730-1010 or logging on to www.globe.com.ph/blackberrycurve or ph.blackberry.com/curve.

1.. Music playback is rated at up to 28 hours on the BlackBerry Curve 9220 and up to 30 hours on the BlackBerry Curve 9320.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for Government & Business Customers in the Phils Now Available

BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion, RIM’s next-generation mobile device management (MDM) solution is now available for enterprise customers in the Philippines. Built on the foundation that has established BlackBerry® Enterprise Server as the gold standard for government and businesses, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion delivers a cost-efficient, secure, reliable and scalable solution that consolidates the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry® OS (including support for BlackBerry PlayBook™ and future BlackBerry® 10 devices) as well as Android™ and iOS®*, and provides a single, unified, web-based console for easily managing all devices.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion integrates the market-leading features and security architecture of BlackBerry Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3), providing advanced IT management and controls, a single outbound security connection (256-bit AES encrypted “BlackBerry VPN”), enforceable IT policies, support for BlackBerry® Balance technology, and over-the-air app and software installation capabilities for the management of BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets (as well as future BlackBerry 10 devices).

For the wide range of government workers around the world and approximately 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies using BlackBerry smartphones today, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows them to leverage their current end-to-end BlackBerry security infrastructure and have flexible options for individually liable devices while keeping costs low.

In addition to providing unmatched functionality for BlackBerry devices, BlackBerry Mobile Fusion also provides comprehensive mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices including:

    – Support for multiple devices per user
    – Application and software management
    – Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificates)
    – Centralized, easy to use, unified web-based console
    – Security and policy definition and management
    – Asset management
    – Configuration management
    – Security and protection for lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
    – User- and group-based administration
    – High scalability

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion software is available as a free download and is priced by the number of devices being managed. Client access licenses (CALs) are available for purchase from Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Sun Cellular. In addition, RIM is offering a 60 day free trial, so customers can deploy a pilot before purchasing a single CAL. The 60 day free trial is available at ph.blackberry.com/mobilefusion

* iOS and Android devices require the Mobile Fusion Client app to enable the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion management services, which is available as a free download for iOS and Android devices from their respective app stores. Device security, manageability and controls vary according to the inherent capabilities of the individual device operating systems.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.