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Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
47seijar
Sr. Member

I'm really itching to fondle a BlackBerry Passport when they come out. I've been away from BlackBerry for a couple years now but they're never far from my heart. The Passport has a quirky design, very radical departure for BlackBerry, and I'd love to see one live and in person. Unfortunately Verizon doesn't seem interested in keeping inventory of BlackBerry devices anymore. I was disappointed that I couldn't demo a Z30 in stores so I ended up simply passing on it. Got an iPhone 5s instead.

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Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
duane534
Member

Realistically, the Z10 is a good representation of BlackBerry 10. I'm excited for the Passport, too.

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Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
DickLewis
Novice

No guarantee, but I would be hard pressed to not believe that Verizon will carry the Passport.

We will see come September or October, available isn't that far away.

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Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
ummie4
Member

BUMP this is the most important thread in the BlackBerry forums. Can someone say if Verizon is testing the Passport?

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Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
StreetDocRN
Leader
Leader

No, Verizon is not. BlackBerry is testing the devices.

Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
rcschnoor
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

ummie4 wrote:

this is the most important thread in the BlackBerry forums

It may just be me, but it would seem threads in the BB forums about devices actually on the Verizon network are more important than threads about a device which MIGHT be on the network at some point in the future. You know, people with ACTUAL problems instead of people simply hoping Verizon will carry a device?

Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
ummie4
Member

Thanks for the reply. Will Verizon eventually be getting it though?

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Re: Will Verizon carry the BlackBerry Passport in stores and have demo units?
47seijar
Sr. Member

I just came from my local Verizon store. Although folks badmouth store reps and warn you to never trust them for information on upcoming phones, I went ahead and asked the question: "Will Verizon carry the Passport?"

I was crushed when he said that Verizon has no plans to carry the Passport at all. Sadly, this confirms what I feared when I looked at GSMarena for details on the Passport. While this could be incomplete info, I didn't like the fact that no CDMA bands were listed.

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G NetworkLTE

Either source (GSMarena or store reps) could be discounted as misinformed or just plain wrong. But the more sources that say "no Passport for Verizon," the more worried I get.

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DickLewis
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Verizon is 4G LTE, if I am not mistaken, CDMA doesn't need to be listed.

Same as before, I feel confident to Verizon will carry the BB Passport.

All we need is a little patience.

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rcschnoor
Sr. Leader
Sr. Leader

CDMA does need to be listed if you want to make phone calls. Verizon only uses GSM for its data. It currently uses CDMA for calling. Verizon does not use 4G LTE for its calling, only data.