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BlackBerry's new Classic smartphone has a physical keyboard, sells for US$449

Matt Hamblen | Dec. 18, 2014
CEO John Chen urges younger touchscreen users to 'try it, you may surprise yourself'.

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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