Android and BlackBerry apps run on the Classic, available through BlackBerry World for enterprise and productivity apps and the Amazon Appstore for games and entertainment apps.
AT&T will carry the devicein the U.S., with shipping set to begin Dec. 30, according to BlackBerry's Web site. Chen also said that Verizon will carry the Classic, but a date for availability was unclear. Pricing in Canada will be $499; the Classic will be available there on the Rogers network.
Chen praised major carriers around the globe such as AT&T and Verizon for rejoining BlackBerry "because carrier support was a missing part when I started."
Noting that the past year brought him a lot of criticism for joining a troubled company, Chen concluded, "We're here to stay as a company and now we have to engineer our growth."
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