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BlackBerry Passport Smartphone launched simultaneously at events in Toronto, Dubai, and London last week. The company has now launched the handset in India also. The BlackBerry Passport has been priced at Rs. 49,990 and will be available starting October 10. It will be available to pre-order starting Monday on Amazon India. Consumers who pre-book the Smartphone at Amazon India will receive an Amazon gift card worth Rs. 5,000 and 5000 miles from Jet Airways. The Passport Smartphone will also be made available for pre-booking at BlackBerry stores.
The BlackBerry Passport is the first phone in the company's lineup to come up with the new BlackBerry 10.3 OS onboard, which bring features as BlackBerry Assistant, and a brand new BlackBerry Hub with Instant Actions. With BlackBerry 10.3, users can also get access to the Amazon Appstore for Android and roughly 240,000 apps.
Apart from India, BlackBerry plans to launch the Passport Smartphone in 29 other countries through its carrier and distributing partners before the end of this year. The list includes: Saudi Arabia and the other parts of the Middle East, Singapore, Austria, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Philippines, Russia Slovakia, Spain, Romania, and Colombia.
What's in the box?
First of all, let’s take a moment to check the box contents to make sure there's nothing missing. Inside the box* you should find:
⇒ 1 x BlackBerry Passport
⇒ 1 x Mains power adapter
⇒ 1 x MicroUSB cable
⇒ 1 x Wired earphones/hands free kit
You will also need a nano-SIM card, either from your old phone or a new one given to you at point of sale, and if you wish to expand the storage capacity of your new Passport by adding a microSD memory card, you'll need that to hand as well.
The BlackBerry Passport is a unibody design, which means that it is one unit and the back cover is not removable by the user. This also means that the battery is sealed within the handset.
The only assembly required prior to use is installing the SIM and memory cards, which is achieved by removing a small panel at the top of the phone. Look at the top edge and you will see a notch in the edge of the removable panel. Use your thumbnail to carefully ease the top edge of the panel away from the stainless steel band that surrounds the edge of the Passport.
When the catches release the panel at the top of the back of the phone will lift away. To one side you will find slots for the nano-SIM and microSD cards to slide into. They are clearly marked to show which card goes into which slot, and the orientation of each card is shown as well. With the Passport face down, the cards go in with the gold contacts on the underside.
When sliding the cards, in there is spring pressure to press them against, this engages a locking mechanism when the card is pressed against it. If you need to remove either card once it is in place, then press the card against the spring pressure and it will release, enabling you to remove it easily.
Once the cards are in place, line up the lower edge of the panel with the handset, then carefully press into place at the top of the handset. You're now ready to turn on your new BlackBerry Passport and get it set up.
Before turning on the Passport for the first time, please make sure that the SIM card (and memory card if you wish to add one) has been inserted correctly. Press the power button on the top edge of the handset for about a second and you'll feel a vibration, and then the BlackBerry logo will appear onscreen before the setup wizard launches.
When you're at home it makes sense to connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Not only will connecting to Wi-Fi stop you running up any charges if you use a lot of internet, it will also let you join your handset to other devices or computers on your network without the need for cables. You may already have done this when completing the initial setup, but if you didn't, or want to use a different wireless network, follow the steps below to get connected.
Your BlackBerry Passport will usually do one of two things when you go through the initial setup; It will either install the correct settings for your mobile internet connection automatically, or it will show you a list of networks and ask you to choose the correct one to then allow it to install the settings. If you find you can't get online without Wi-Fi, then these settings may be incorrect, or even missing. Here's how to check and fix this.