Published On: Wed, Feb 25th, 2015

BlackBerry Passport Red Clears Customs to Finally be Available in UK

The red edition of BlackBerry’s new phone the Passport is finally available to buy in the United Kingdom. Three months after the phone hit the US market UK enthusiasts can now get ahold of the model while stocks last. The new phone cleared UK customs last week and will give Brits a limited opportunity to enjoy this trendy looking gadget.

Mike Lazaridis

The phone did, of course, have to pass through customs first. This can be a trying time for people trying to ship products. There are so many rules and mandates involved in clearing customs. So there’s every chance the Passport could have been held up in customs for several days. This would have affected BlackBerry’s sales. The advantage for BlackBerry is that they’re likely to have had customs clearance experts to deal with this for them. And it’s clearly worked because the shipment passed without issue. And the UK public can finally enjoy this limited edition phone.

The Passport Red edition is identical to the Black and White models, except for the much more inviting crimson colour. The Passport looks set to usher in a new direction for BlackBerry as they look to compete with Apple. The model has an exquisite 4.5 inch display screen with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. It also holds 32GB of storage and contains a 13 megapixel camera.

As you’d expect this is a top of the range phone. And it’s most definitely a statement of intent from BlackBerry. They clearly feel their Passport range is one that can go up against the likes of Apple and HTC. And looking at the Passport red it’s hard to argue. Its microSD card allows you the perfect opportunity to store your videos and photos. The phone’s equipped with an enormous battery that holds up to thirty hours of use between charges.

If you’re looking for a modern and trendy smartphone, it’s difficult to do better than the BlackBerry passport. Especially if you want to enjoy a phone that’s stunning to look at. You will of course need to get used to BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry’s new software. The Passport gets shipped with BlackBerry 10 pre-installed. BlackBerry 10 will allow users to use, access and run both BlackBerry and Android apps. You might find it a struggle to adapt to this, but it could transform BlackBerry’s market position. But if you’re a BlackBerry enthusiast or you’re looking to try something new the Passport red is sure to turn your world upside down.

The phone will be available from limited sources, including Amazon and Mobile Phones Direct. If you want to get yourself one of these sexy looking red handsets, you need to act now while stocks last. There are only limited volumes of stock available in the UK. And it’s unclear whether BlackBerry has plans to ship anymore from the States over to the UK. So you should act as though this is the only shipment you’re going to see and get one as soon as you can.

The phone’s available on several different networks, including EE, Vodafone and T-Mobile. Prices on the UK market start from around £380 for the black and white editions. While the limited edition red will set you back a hefty £525.