BlackBerry today released a limited run of 50, $900 golden BlackBerry Passport devices.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
UPDATE: Just a few hours after BlackBerry listed its gold Passport for sale, it’s now sold out.
BlackBerry this morning hitched itself a ride on the golden phone train. The Canadian company showed off a special edition BlackBerry Passport with gold frets and a gold bezel, on its Inside BlackBerry blog.
Only 50 of these golden boys will be available, so if you’re interested you should order yours post haste. The device, which appears to be exactly the same as the black, white and red Passport devices — with the exception of the gold accents, limited edition engraving and leather rear cover — costs US$900, compared to the Passport’s normal $700 price tag. The Passport is also currently on sale for $600, so you pay an extra $300 for the gold color, calfskin cover and the privilege of owing one of only 50 limited edition BlackBerrys.
I’m a big fan of the Passport, as you can see from my recent review. I’m generally not a fan of gold phones, but as far as gilded gadgets go, the gold Passport isn’t bad looking. I really like the leather cover, and I wish you could purchase it separately.
It also stands to reason that we just might see a similar version of the BlackBerry Classic in the not too distant future, especially if this Passport is well received, i.e., BlackBerry sells all 50 of them.
As a Boston Bruins fan, I can’t help but think this thing would look pretty sharp with a spoked B logo on the rear side. Pretty, pretty, pretty sharp.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.