I am a man of many brand and product loyalties. My car must be a General Motors vehicle (Chevrolet preferred), my camera must be a Nikon (but I’ll work with others as necessary), and my cell phone must be a BlackBerry.
I’ve grown accustomed to the super-secure phones with the physical keyboards. I’ve had them going back at least 20 years or so. And although newer, sleeker phones have come and gone with non-compassionate speed – iPhones, Samsungs, HTC Thunderboltts, Hydrogen REDs… I remain true to the BlackBerry brand. Even today, I still rock my BlackBerry KEYone phone, and although there are Berry upgrades like the KEY2 and KEY2 LE, I’m of the belief that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
But some time ago, BlackBerry ended an agreement to manufacture their phones with an outside company, TCL. This meant that the beloved phone was heading toward its end of line. Even today, when I call Verizon to discuss my bill or a charge or something, they keep trying to hustle me into ditching my Berry and buying an iPhone. “Sir, you do know that there are modern phones out there, right?”
Then I received this news.
BlackBerry has signed an agreement with an American-based company, OnwardMobility, to produce 5G Android BlackBerry phones (with the physical keyboard) for 2021. And they may have a work-around to get these phones made and to market faster than anyone expects.
According to TechRadar.com, the company that would partner with OnwardMobility in making these phones owns an old Nokia cell phone manufacturing plant in Vietnam. This means that if tensions between the United States and China continue to escalate, well, BlackBerry phones can be manufactured in Vietnam, with technology and parts from South Korea and from Taiwan. Nyah.
And the new phone would have 5G capabilities, as well as super-strong security to protect conversations and data. Now granted, the main customers for this would be governments and business companies, but there’s nothing against letting some of these BlackBerries grow in the wild. You know, available for the average customer or consumer…
I tell you, BB lovers are losing their minds right now. Will this new phone be an evolution of the BlackBerry Passport? Could this have a sliding keyboard like the PRIV? Or maybe it’s a new Key series?
Chuck don’t care. Chuck wants a new BlackBerry. And Chuck will hold on to his current BlackBerry KEYone for as long as possible.
Because the moment one of these smartphones enters the wild…
I’m going to be so on this. So, so very much on this.