The square display-equipped BlackBerry Passport smartphone has been finally released, and is also available for purchase now in Canada, France, Germany, the US and the UK. It has been made clear that the phone will be launched in over 30 new markets including India before the end of this year.
In its home ground Canada, the BlackBerry Passport will be seen retailing at $699, whereas Telus will be offering it at $250 with a two-year wireless agreement. As far as the US is concerned, at least AT&T will be seen selling the device soon. While the carrier is yet to reveal its pricing, the unlocked model will be offered in the country at $599 for a limited time, after which it will begin selling at $699.
Those residing in Germany and France will be able to purchase the Passport at €649, while UK dwellers will need to shell out £529 to get their hands on the BlackBerry phone. This device ships with the BB 10.3 OS onboard, which will be released for other compatible handsets in the weeks to come.
One of the most important features this software brings with it is the Siri-rivaling personal assistant which is capable of performing tasks based on your voice commands. Another interesting addition is the ability to runs Android apps which will be downloadable via the Amazon Appstore.
We’re not quite sure as to when the BlackBerry Passport will be made available in India, but based on a talk we had with the company’s PR rep, it’ll be safe to assume that its official launch in the country has been scheduled for October 29.