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BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

Updated Jul 21st, 2014 7:11PM EDT
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A lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport.

“I  like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or 3 days I got used to it. I will replace my Note II with the Blackberry Passport.”

An Engadget commenter who goes by the name of Ryboto, meanwhile, said that BlackBerry 10 is the only OS he ever wanted to use and that if he needs apps that aren’t available on BlackBerry World, he can just sideload ones that were built for Android.

Another former BlackBerry diehard who calls himself patbjackson18, meanwhile, explained that he didn’t need a phone that had a big app ecosystem since his sole desire is to just fire off emails and do real work.

“I want it,” he explained. “Just because it’s different, and I like the screen and keyboard. I miss Blackberry [and] I’m a huge emailer, and android and iOS just don’t do it for me. I’m all about communication and neither platform is doing the job right.”

You can read about all the iOS and Android users that BlackBerry is stealing back with the Passport by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.