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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550 120

mpicpp points out that BlackBerry is hoping to get iPhone owners to switch to Passport smartphones by promising up to $550 to trade in their phones. "The promotion, which starts Monday, promises as much as $550 to iPhone owners who trade in their handsets in favor of BlackBerry's Passport. The actual trade-in value depends on the iPhone, with the iPhone 4S worth up to $90 and the iPhone 6 worth up to $400. (The iPhone 6 Plus is not eligible.) BlackBerry then sweetens the deal by kicking in an additional $150 as a topper for each iPhone. The deal will run through February 13, but it's good only in North America. Customers must buy the $599 to $699 unlocked Passport phone through either BlackBerry's website or Amazon. The trade-in amount comes in the form of a Visa prepaid card."
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

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  • Bah hah hah (Score:5, Funny)

    by bhlowe ( 1803290 ) on Wednesday November 26, 2014 @06:02PM (#48470235)
    What's a blackberry?
    • ....and it's not for 13 year old girls.... []

      • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward
        From your link...

        "...Because of the Passport's unique position in the smartphone market, it’s only fair to review the Passport as a business tool—not in comparison to the latest Lollipop thing or iPhone Whatever+ as a consumer device. So rather than doing the usual feature-by-feature crawl, we put the Passport through the paces of several typical Ars 18-hour workdays to focus on its business acumen. And while we ran some basic benchmarks and explored its features, this focus was mostly on its

        • Because iOS and Android have no email and calendaring support whatsoever...

          • The only Android phones I have been able to find with a hardware keyboard are cheap gimped models. Virgin Mobile sells one in their lineup for $40. It's a terrible smartphone. Not because of the keyboard.

          • by narcc ( 412956 )

            That's like saying a telegraph key is just as good as a keyboard. They are worlds apart.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      What's a blackberry?

      It's a small fruit, [] similar to a raspberry, which is not to be confused with a BlackBerry.

    • this is what I call a trend ;) droids are not what we're looking for :-D

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If they were buying it they would give me the money, all they're offering is a trade-in value.

  • Unwanted to take advantage of this, but I only have an iPhone 6 plus. :-(
  • They couldn't pay me to use or carry that monstrosity. Makes you wonder just what were they thinking...

    • Re:Not enough (Score:4, Insightful)

      by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Wednesday November 26, 2014 @06:36PM (#48470445) Journal

      They're thinking "Hmmm, do we hand this mountain of cash we're still sitting on back to the shareholders and close up shop, or do we spend that cash frivolously on doomed loss leaders schemes and executive salaries?"

      I think you can probably guess at the answer. But really, anyone still holding BB stock at this point is staking more of a religious position than a business one. Anyone with any interest in meaningfully profitable investment strategies dumped BB a long time ago.

      The next stage, I'm presuming, is for BlackBerry to turn into SCO and start trying to extort license fees from Android manufacturers and Apple.

    • They couldn't pay me to use or carry that monstrosity. Makes you wonder just what were they thinking...

      I'd have to reluctantly agree. It doesn't look ergonomic. It looks like an odd compromise between having a physical keyboard and having a smartphone-sized screen.

      I'd be more interested in a Classic.

    • They could totally pay me to use or carry that monstrosity. The rest is just negotiations ...

    • and you would have a fine table.

  • No...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    As someone who recently switched from a blackberry to an iphone I must say that the blackberry does communication much better.

    Contacts, Emails, SMS, phone calls, all are handled much better than the iphone.

  • Math (Score:5, Funny)

    by Russ1642 ( 1087959 ) on Wednesday November 26, 2014 @06:37PM (#48470453)

    So they give you $400 for an iPhone 6. Then they sweeten the deal by adding another $150. That's $550. I have a better idea. Give iPhone 6 users $350 for their phones. Then sweeten it with a further $100. And then, yes that's right, throw in another $100 just because. Wait. I have an even better idea. Give $200 for the phone, then sweeten it with $100, then another $100, and THEN ANOTHER $150 on top of that!!!!! Wow!

    • Customers must buy the $599 to $699 unlocked Passport phone through either BlackBerry's website or Amazon.

      What if they just sell the unlocked phones for $50 to $150?

  • by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Wednesday November 26, 2014 @08:37PM (#48471197)
    Seriously, anyone?
    • by dstyle5 ( 702493 )
    • Seriously, anyone?

      I would like to officially confirm that I am in no way interested in selling my 6+ for anything less than retail.

      To get a Blackbury instead of my 6+, they would have to pay me significantly more than what I paid for my smartphone as its obviously a big downgrade.


    • by ne0n ( 884282 )
      If I had an ipoophone I would totally take 'em up on it. It would be a neat feeling to be the only person in a country with a Blackberry passport, whatever that is.
  • Then you don't need to hand people hundreds of dollars to take it off your hands.


    • Then you don't need to hand people hundreds of dollars to take it off your hands.


      Yeah, but considering the product has been constantlly sold out and impossible to even get hands on, this really doesn't make any sense. Maybe they have ramped up production and the initial buyers are all done?

  • by SoVi3t ( 633947 ) on Wednesday November 26, 2014 @11:57PM (#48471967)
    right up until they said I had to buy their phone. I'll sell you my old iPhones for cash though, Blackberry, straight up!
  • A local business prof says [] this is a "desperate" move.

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