The BlackBerry Passport is on the verge of getting officially unveiled at three BlackBerry events around the world. Select BlackBerry loyalists, enterprise customers, and media will be able to attend events in Toronto, London, and Dubai on September 24th.
Unfortunately, one of BlackBerry’s previous targeted regions, the good ‘ol USA, will not be getting a launch event. Instead, the NYC-based BlackBerry team will be converging in Canada to represent at the Toronto event.
What does this signal? The largest thing it says to me is that the Passport is not close to being ready for the US. In fact, I have been hearing rumblings that the Passport will not be available in the US until February 2015. You can thank the US carriers, if true. Though, I would expect a late November release. For now, take it all with a grain of salt.
If you followed the BlackBerry Z30 launch, it was first unveiled in Malaysia. BlackBerry said the reason for a Malaysian debut was due to the subscriber base growing by 300%. The 2013 BlackBerry Z30 unveil event took place in mid-September, and was later released in the US on Verizon Wireless in mid-November. I would expect to see a similar timeframe with the BlackBerry Passport US release.
The BlackBerry Passport pricing has been rumored to be on the high tier. Some have rumored the standard model will have an unsubsidized price tag of $700+ USD. The premium and gold models would likely be even higher. Nevertheless, keep it locked to N4BB as we’ll have all of the details on the Passport launch and more coming up later this month.
If you’re concerned about BlackBerry not hosting a US launch event for the Passport, let us know in the comments. Would you rather buy BlackBerry devices outright from them directly, instead of through a carrier?