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AT&T to start selling BlackBerry Passport and Classic on February 20th

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AT&T has announced that they will start selling the BlackBerry Passport and the BlackBerry Classic through and the AT&T retail stores on February 20th. More details below:

DALLAS, Feb. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 announced that the BlackBerry® Passport and BlackBerry® Classic will be available at and in AT&T retail stores on Feb. 20.

BlackBerry Passport Features

Exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., the BlackBerry Passport is available in a unique design with rounded edges. The BlackBerry Passport has a large 4.5-inch Full HD square touch screen and a touch-enabled QWERTY keyboard, giving you ideal content viewing without compromising portability. Built on BlackBerry’s secure BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 operating system, the BlackBerry Passport runs on AT&T’s network: the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network and the network that has the nation’s strongest LTE signal,2 covering more than 300 million Americans.

BlackBerry Passport Pricing

The BlackBerry Passport will be available starting Feb. 20 for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month with AT&T Next 24,3 $27.09 with AT&T Next 183 or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12.3 You can also get the smartphone for $199.99 with a two-year agreement4 or at no annual commitment for $649.99.5

BlackBerry Classic Features

Designed for speed and accuracy, the BlackBerry Classic includes BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and navigation keys, making it easy to communicate quickly and accurately with one hand. Although familiar in appearance, the BlackBerry Classic upgrades the BlackBerry® Bold 9900 experience with a faster browser, longer battery life and more screen space. It also comes with the secure BlackBerry 10 OS 10.3.1 operating system, offering customers access to commanding features including BlackBerry® Blend and BlackBerry® Assistant.

BlackBerry Classic Pricing

You can purchase the BlackBerry Classic for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14 per month with AT&T Next 24,3 $17.50 per month with Next 183 or $21 per month with AT&T Next 12.3 You can also get the smartphone for $49.99 with a two-year agreement4 or at no annual commitment for $419.99.5

Supporting Quotes

“The BlackBerry Passport is ideal for the mobile professional who wants an innovative wireless device focused on security and productivity. Available first in the U.S. on the AT&T network, customers will benefit from the uniquely designed Passport’s enhanced features, including a wider screen, 32GB of storage, and a 3450 mAh battery.” –Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T

“The BlackBerry Classic is an excellent addition to AT&T’s leading line-up of smartphones. AT&T customers will be thrilled with the Classic. It blends the best of familiar features, such as BlackBerry’s QWERTY keyboard with enhanced capabilities including BlackBerry Blend and Assistant.” –Jeff Bradley, SVP, Device Marketing and Developer Services, AT&T

AT&T and Peter Chernin bought YouTube channel Fullscreen for hundreds of millions

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AT&T and the Chernin Group run a joint venture called Otter Media. Otter Media has now purchased a controlling stake in Fullscreen, which is one of the most popular YouTube channels.

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AT&T Inc. (T) sues Cox Communications over patents 

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has filed a lawsuit against Cox Communications. AT&T claims that Cox is infringing seven AT&T patents that covers technology ranging from DVRs to packet loss over a network.

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AT&T Inc. (T) CEO says that merger with DirecTV will let the company do bundles

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AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is trying to convince the government that its merger with DirecTV would be beneficial for consumers. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson testified before the House Judiciary Committee today to make the case that his proposed merger with DirecTV will be good for consumers.

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Report: Amazon’s new smartphone will be exclusive to AT&T Inc. (T)

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is reportedly getting the new unreleased Amazon smartphone as an exclusive first, according to The Wall Street Journal. AT&T gained many subscribers after getting the iPhone as an exclusive several years ago. It is unknown when the smartphone will be headed to other carriers.

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AT&T Inc. (T) and DIRECTV (DTV) file public interest statement with FCC

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) said that the only way for the companies to compete against cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable is for the two companies to merge, according to public interest statement they filed with the Federal Communications Commission today.

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AT&T has acquired DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

AT&T announced late on Sunday that it has acquired DirecTV for about $48.5 billion. The boards at both companies have approved the deal. The acquisition will enable AT&T to cover 70 million more customer locations through broadband expansion. AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV will allow it to offer a “bundle” of services to switch over from cable TV.

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AT&T Inc. (T) relaunches Cricket Wireless, shuts down Aio

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Earlier this year, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) acquired Leap Wireless for $1.2 billion, which is the parent company of Cricket Wireless. Cricket Wireless is now being relaunched by AT&T. However, AT&T will be shutting down the prepaid brand Aio Wireless. This is because AT&T did not want to run two similar brands at the same time.

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