BlackBerry KEYone now offered online with alternate QWERTY layouts


One of the problems of owning a phone with a physical keyboard is that the layout of the keyboard can’t be changed. That was an issue addressed by Steve Jobs during the introduction of the original Apple iPhone back in January of 2007. Still, there are those in this day and age who remain fans of physical keyboards. And if they are lusting after the BlackBerry KEYone, but live in countries that use QWERTZ or AZERTY designed keyboards, BlackBerry is now offering the handset with alternate keyboard layouts.

European customers now have a choice of three layouts for the keyboard on the BlackBerry …


BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition not coming to the U.S.

Bad news for U.S. consumers who were hoping to get their mitts on the Black Edition of the BlackBerry KEYone. The enhanced version of the handset will not be sold in the states. With a fabulous QWERTY keyboard and spectacular battery life, the KEYone has been a surprise hit for BlackBerry Mobile. The Black Edition, which launched last month as an exclusive in India, not only gives the phone a sleek black look, it also increases the amount of RAM on the handset from 3GB to 4GB, a 33% increase. Native storage doubles from 32GB on the standard model to 64GB on the Black Edition.

At the end …

BlackBerry KEYone combines with Android Auto to keep your eyes on the road

When you have the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition in a car’s cockpit with you, it requires some will power to keep your eyes off of the dynamic looking black-hued handset, and to keep them on the road where they belong. No, we get it. The gorgeous physical QWERTY keyboard looks even more stunning in black. Heck, even those famous BlackBerry frets are covered in black.

Thankfully, as BlackBerry Mobile shows us in a new official video that was released today, the phone works with Android Auto which means that once you pair the phone to your car using Bluetooth, you can put it in your …

Space Black BlackBerry KEYone is exclusive to AT&T and it launches today

The BlackBerry KEYone is available from AT&T starting today, priced at $16.67 a month for 30 months. The handset comes in Space Black, a color that is exclusive to AT&T. In the states, both Sprint and AT&T are the only carriers offering the KEYone. The handset features a 4.5-inch Gorilla Glass 4 protected display with a resolution of 1080 x 1620. Under the hood you will find the Snapdragon 625 SoC carrying an octa-core CPU running at a 2GHz clock speed, with the Adreno 506 GPU inside.

The physical QWERTY keyboard is not only among the best ever attached to a smartphone, …

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition stars in new official video

Yesterday, BlackBerry Mobile announced that it is expanding distribution of the Black Edition BlackBerry KEYone starting at the end of this month. Besides having a matte black finish that quickens the pulse of the average smartphone fan, the Black Edition of the KEYone gets a bump up in specs from 3GB of RAM to 4GB, and to 64GB of native storage from 32GB. Sure, it would have been nice for BlackBerry Mobile to have included an Ingress Protection certification rating. But as Mr. Jagger so eloquently put it, “You can’t always get what you want.”

This morning, BlackBerry Mobile produced …

BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition hands-on: the powerful new dark side of BlackBerry

One of this year’s most divisive handsets has been the BlackBerry KEYone. Is its unusual shape and hardware QWERTY keyboard trying too hard to play into the nostalgia some (presumably older, stuffy, businessman-type) users still harbor for the early days of smartphones? Or is this interesting mix of unique input schemes, insane battery life, and pricing that’s on the affordable end of the flagship scale a welcome change of pace in a market that far too often can feel a bit uninspired when it comes to phone choices?

But even if you’re a dedicated KEYone fan, things can get a little …

U.K.'s Carphone Warehouse is taking pre-orders for the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition


Yesterday, BlackBerry Mobile announced that it would be widening distribution of the BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition. On the first day of this month, the Black Edition of the KEYone was launched in India, where it has been an exclusive in the country ever since. Yesterday’s announcement indicated that by the end of September, this higher spec’d variant of the KEYone will be found in North America, the U.K., Germany, France, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Japan. Other countries receiving the model by the end of the year are found in continents such as Europe, …

BlackBerry KEYone back in stock at Amazon and Best Buy

If you’ve been trying to purchase the BlackBerry KEYone from Amazon or Best Buy only to find that neither retailer had the device in stock, we have some good news to tell you. The latest BlackBerry flagship model is now back on the shelves at both locations. Both unlocked variants of the phone (CDMA, GSM) are available for shipping now. Amazon has the GSM model for AT&T and T-Mobile priced at $557.25. The CDMA model for Verizon is a little cheaper at $549.99. Over at Best Buy, both models are priced at $549.99.

Those in the U.S. looking to pick up a carrier branded model can head over …

BlackBerry KEYone arriving at AT&T on September 1

Sprint will remain the only carrier to offer the BlackBerry KEYone for the rest of this month. However, come September, the smartphone will be available for purchase at AT&T. Moreover, the carrier announced the KEYone will come in a unique Space Black color, which will only be available at AT&T.

We have yet to learn the outright price of the BlackBerry KEYone, but we do know customers will be able to get it on AT&T Next for $16.67 for 30 months. The smartphone is supposed to hit shelves on September 1, so you’ll have to wait just one more week.

To …

Sprint pushes out AAN982 update for BlackBerry KEYone

Sprint is the process of pushing out an update to the BlackBerry KEYone. The nation’s fourth largest wireless firm is currently the only U.S. carrier to offer a locked version of the phone. Verizon subscribers can purchase the CDMA unlocked model while T-Mobile and AT&T customers have to buy the unlocked GSM variant. The update, which carries build AAN982, also includes the August Android security patch. The update could also include a fix for the Sprint Mobile ID app which was enabling bloatware that the phone’s user had disabled, and re-installing bloatware that was deleted. Sprint …